DGAM, represented by Dr. Maamoun Abdulkarim
, Director-General, participated in the Blue Shield Conference at Vienna Rathaus (Town Hall) in Austria between 14 and 15 September.
The Blue Shield is the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. It is the protective emblem specified in the 1954 Hague Convention (Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict) for marking cultural sites to give them protection from attack in the event of armed conflict. The Blue Shield network consists of organizations dealing with museums, archives, audiovisual supports, libraries, as well as monuments and sites.
The lecture focuses on the efforts exerted by DGAM during the crisis of the rescue and protection of the Syrian heritage during the current crisis in Syria between 2012 and 2017.
And He focused on the challenges facing DGAM in the Ministry of Culture, especially in the field of restoration of destroyed buildings in Aleppo and Palmyra, were discussed in the field of combating the smuggling of Syrian antiquities, Archaeological sites.
The responsibilities of the international community to provide support and assistance to the local efforts in Syria to confront the gangs of smuggling of antiquities and monitor their trafficking in the black markets were discussed.
The conference was attended by a large number of specialists in the field of protection of the world cultural heritage from many countries.
Mr. Karl von Habsburg
, Interim President of the Blue Shield, focused on the efforts to support and develop the prospects of cooperation with DGAM, and the success of its plans for protection, with exceptional works that are a global pioneering experience in the protection of cultural heritage during crises.