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France supports UNESCO's 'Revive the Spirit of Mosul' initiative

A general view shows Mosul's Old City in January 2018 – (Ahmad Al Rubaye / AFP Photo)

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian has affirmed support to UNESCO’s "Revive the Spirit of Mosul" initiative, which is part of the project to rebuild Iraq.

During his Thursday meeting with Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay, Le Drian reaffirmed France’s support for UNESCO and its director-general for “making a major contribution to achieving the common goal of peace within the UN.”

The “Revive the Spirit of Mosul” initiative is focused on Mosul’s reconstruction in the areas of culture and education.

France is home to UNESCO’s headquarters. It is the 4th largest contributor to UNESCO’s regular budget, providing €13.5 million per year.

The flagship initiative was presented on 30 June 2018 during the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee.

“The objective of the conference is to mobilize the international community for the reconstruction and recovery of Mosul,” According to UNESCO.

“To take stock of the current situation on the ground, to announce the creation of the Mosul Revival Trust Fund, and to present a list of major projects that will contribute to the rehabilitation of Mosul’s heritage sites, reviving its cultural life and its educational institutions.”

The Mosul Initiative is conceived in partnership with the Iraqi Government “to integrate the human dimension in the reconstruction and recovery of the city, particularly through culture and education, after years of painful destruction.”

Ernesto Ottone-Ramirez, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture, pointed out that the international community has the responsibility to support the Iraqi people in the reconstruction and recovery of Iraq.

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