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Tunis: 22/03/2019

Under the High Patronage of Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, 3rd International Forum on the Importance of Good Governance in the Preservation of Tangible Heritage

Today morning in Tunis, the 3rd International Forum on the Importance of Good Governance in the Preservation of Tangible Heritage, held under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Tunisia Mr Beji Caid Essebsi, kicked off. The Forum is co-organized by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), the Tunisian Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the National Anti-Corruption Authority (INLUCC), from 22 to 24 March 2019.

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At the opening session of the Forum, speeches were delivered by Mr.  Kheireddine Ben Soltane, representative of the President of the Republic; Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, ISESCO Director General; Mr Chawki Tabib, INLUCC Chairman and Dr. Mohamed Zine El-Abidine, Tunisian Minister of Cultural Affairs.

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The opening session was attended by a host of political, diplomatic and intellectual personalities, experts, teachers and representatives of regional and international organizations concerned with heritage issues from Tunisia and beyond, as well as representatives of local, Arab and international media outlets.

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The Forum aims to promote the role of good governance in the protection of tangible heritage, spread the culture of good governance, research and assist in developing strategies for establishing good governance frameworks in the field of tangible heritage management.

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The Forum agenda features a number of topics relating to eight key themes: the legal and institutional arrangements for the protection of tangible heritage; approaches to the management of tangible heritage; the cataloguing, conservation and maintenance as protection mechanisms; valorization of heritage; the role of members of parliament and municipal representatives in the protection of heritage; the protection of tangible heritage in times of crises and conflicts and mechanisms of its recovery; approaches and testimonials on the protection of heritage; and towards a better governance of the ways of tangible heritage protection. The Agenda also includes the organization of three workshops on the mechanisms of countering attacks against tangible heritage, partnerships in the governance of tangible heritage, and cataloguing and digitizing tangible heritage.

The Forum gathers tangible heritage management officials including the staff of public and private institutions concerned (archeological sites and historical landmarks), professionals and specialists in tangible heritage legislations and documentation, a number of experts and researchers in good governance and law, representatives of the civil society institutions active in valorizing and publicizing heritage, representatives of local authorities and legislative bodies and representatives of the customs, judiciary and the interior departments.

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