Libya: International Forum on the Protection of Cultural Heritage in LibyaJul 2019
On 15th and 16th July , UNESCO conducted a workshop on the protection and maintenance of cultural heritage in Libya as part of a meeting by the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) which took place on the island of Djerba in Tunisia. The aim of the workshop was to develop a practical plan to implement the Hague Conventions of 1954 and the UNESCO Convention of 1970 in Libya. The organisers emphasised that the development of such a plan would be a essential step towards building a national strategy for the preservation of cultural heritage and its employment in social reconciliation and development.
In recent years, Libya has been subject to political unrest and volatile insecurity, resulting in damage to cultural property and historical cities – indeed, archaeological sites have suffered in particular. Most of these sites have been subjected to systematic demolition, looting and illegal artefact trafficking. As of 2016, UNESCO has marked all five Libyan archaeological sites included in its World Heritage List as being “in danger”.