Abu Dhabi meeting approves heritage protection fund
December 03 2016 02:07 PM
Officials pose for a group picture during the closing ceremony of an international conference on pro
Officials pose for a group picture during the closing ceremony of an international conference on protecting the world's cultural heritage

AFP/Abu Dhabi

Representatives of around 40 countries on Saturday approved plans to establish a fund to protect heritage sites in war zones and a network of safe havens for endangered artworks.

‘We are committed to pursuing (these) two ambitious, long-term goals to guarantee the further mobilisation of the international community for the safeguarding of heritage,’ a statement issued after a two-day meeting in the United Arab Emirates capital said.

The meeting's Emirati and French co-sponsors had set a $100 million target for the fund but the statement did not specify how much had been pledged.



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