NCCAL chief lauds outcome of Arab culture ministers' meeting
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 folklore. "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 Al-Tarrah. 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.