|Date: 13/11/2012 Time: 11:54:00 PM
Secretary General of Kuwait's National Council for
Culture, Arts, and Letters (NCCAL) Ali Al-Youha said the Arab ministers of
culture agreed to promote culture and protect the material and spiritual
heritage of the Arab nation.
Speaking to KUNA after the ministerial meeting here Tuesday evening,
Al-Youha said the recommendations of the meeting debated issues including how
to protect the material heritage such as historical buildings and sites, and
spiritual heritage such as the humanities including literature, arts and
"The ministers agreed to scale up lobbying for adding more sites in the
Arab countries to the UNESCO World Heritage List in order to protect them in a
better way," he revealed.
"They thanked Kuwait for hosting the expert committee on material heritage
for more than six years and supporting the activities of the committee in
protecting the heritage of the Arab countries," Al-Youha noted.
The State of Kuwait is preparing to sign the UNESCO convention for the
protection of the non-material heritage, he said, noting that all other Arab
countries jointed the treaty.
The UNESCO slated December 17 as an international day for the commemorating
the Arabic language every year, he said, noting that the move came in response
to a suggestion by Kuwait representative at the Paris-based UN agency Ali
The just-ended meeting specified Baghdad and Tripoli as the capitals of
Arabic culture for 2013 and 2014 respectively, he added.
Dealing with the NCCAL efforts to promote culture on the local level,
Al-Youha said the government has allocated a plot of land for launching the
opera house in Kuwait City.
The NCCAL will open its annual cultural season with a book fair in next
week, the activities of the local theater in December and then Al-Qurain
festival in January, he added.