Together with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, Minister of State Böhmer opened an international expert meeting on preserving Syria’s cultural heritage on 2 June.
The aim of the conference was to gather information on the damage done to cultural sites, to foster links among experts and to pool technology used for inventories, archiving procedures as well as for preservation with conservation and reconstruction strategies.
"Concern about Syria’s millennia-old cultural heritage"
"As a source of identity, cultural heritage is key to Syria’s future unity", Böhmer said in her opening speech. "We are united by our joint engagement, by our concern and the knowledge of the extraordinary universal significance of the millennia-old cultural heritage throughout Syria."
The conference will help ensure that the Action Plan for the Emergency Safeguarding of Syria’s Cultural Heritage of 2014 is continued: "We need such a concept to determine goals and measures in order to protect and preserve Syria’s material and immaterial heritage". "We can use the potential available", added Böhmer, "by putting the experience and expertise of the participants of this conference to good use, by pooling competencies, developing joint visions and coordinating the necessary support. For we want to restore the historical vitality and original fascination of the World Heritage Sites."
Böhmer said that the international conference impressively demonstrated that a global coalition in support of culture and world heritage could be successful if everyone pulled in the same direction.
"The message sent from Berlin is: we want to make a unique and vital contribution towards the restoration of Syria’s cultural identity and towards the country’s future unity," reaffirmed the Minister of State.