Prehistoric heritage: Morocco reveals itself to Unesco

The Kingdom of Morocco organized on June 17, 2022 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris an exhibition and an international symposium, placed under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed V

The two events were inaugurated by the Minister of Youth, Culture and Communication, Mohamed Mehdi Bensaid, and the Director General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, in the presence in particular of the Advisor to HM the King, André Azoulay, the ambassador, permanent representative of Morocco to the UN organization, Samir Addahre, the ambassador of Morocco in Paris, Mohamed Benchaaboune, and the president of the National Foundation of Museums of Morocco, Mehdi Qotbi.

The opening of the exhibition and the symposium, intended to present the richness and diversity of the Kingdom’s prehistoric heritage and to highlight recent archaeological discoveries, also took place in the presence of ambassadors from several countries to the UNESCO, personalities from the worlds of arts and culture, as well as a host of researchers and specialists in prehistoric sciences from various Moroccan and international university institutions.

Mrs Azoulay underlined, on this occasion, the importance of this international event, insofar as prehistory continues to “question us on what we are, what we have in common, on our place in the scale of time and in the scale of life”.

Congratulating Morocco for this initiative, Ms Azoulay said she was “very happy that this high-level scientific dialogue is taking place at UNESCO in a field of study and research which is in full swing and which needs international perspectives. “.

“This area also needs to cross disciplines to advance knowledge, because prehistory, which is a heritage of humanity, is far from being a frozen and mythical moment,” added the UN official, who welcomed the Kingdom’s support for UNESCO’s efforts in the various fields within its competence, in particular by hosting several forums and conferences, including the 7th International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII), held on Wednesday June 15, 2022 in Marrakech .

Ms. Azoulay announced, at the same time, the forthcoming holding in the Kingdom of the annual conference on the intangible heritage of UNESCO, at the invitation of the Kingdom.

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