UNESCO Director-General To Visit Cambodia Next Week

Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO will visit Cambodia on the occasion of the 25th plenary session of the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor).

According to a press release of the UNESCO Office in Phnom Penh, during her stay in Cambodia, Ms. Audrey Azoulay will attend the meetings of the 31st Technical and 25th Plenary Session of the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor), which will be held respectively on Dec. 4-5, 2018, at Sokha Siem Reap Resort & Convention Centre with several high ranking personalities from the governments of France and Japan.

Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, will honor the event with his presence by delivering the opening speech on Dec. 4 and His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, will deign to preside over the closing ceremony on Dec. 5.

After Angkor was inscribed in the World Heritage List on Dec. 14, 1992, the ICC-Angkor was established in 1993 at the Intergovernmental Conference in Tokyo, Japan. The creation of this ICC-Angkor was one of the conditions given by the World Heritage Committee to accept the Angkor Site on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The ICC-Angkor has convened regularly twice a year, thus consistently following up on all operations being carried out on the site with the assistance of four adhoc Experts in the field of Conservation and archeology and three in the field of Sustainable Development. It is the international mechanism for the coordination of the assistance extended by different countries and organisations, ensures the consistency of the different projects, and defines conservation standards through the Angkor Charter.

The ICC-Angkor is co-chaired by France and Japan. UNESCO in close collaboration with the APSARA National Authority ensures the Standing Secretariat.

This technical session will be co-chaired by Mr. Guillaume Narjollet, Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of France and Mr. Kenichi Bessho, Minister/Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Japan while the Plenary Session will be held under the presidency of H.E. Ms. Eva Nguyen Binh, Ambassador of France to Cambodia and H.E. Hidehisa Horinouchi, Ambassador of Japan to Cambodia.

From Dec. 1-3, 2018, the Adhoc experts will visit many work sites in the Angkor Park. These visits are organised by the Secretariat of the ICC-Angkor in collaboration with the APSARA National Authority.

On Dec. 4-5, there will be devoted to a number of presentations on main achievements in favor of conservation and sustainable development within the framework of 25 years of the ICC-Angkor by specialists, featuring themes on restoration, conservation, archaeological research and sustainable development.

The participation of the Government of Cambodia in the works, in partnership with international teams, has increased and diversified and the tribute that the Cambodian authorities and ICC co-chairs are prompted to pay year after year to each of the teams present in the field is an indication of the international and multilateral dimension of the work being done at Angkor.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press