On Sunday, Libya was elected as the vice president of the 42nd General Conference of UNESCO, marking a pivotal moment for the nation’s cultural diplomacy efforts.
This prestigious election took place during a meeting in Paris, with delegates from 194 nations in attendance.
The announcement of Libya’s appointment, alongside 30 other countries was solidified during the Executive Council’s meeting, where the General Conference’s key leadership roles were filled in accordance with the organization’s established guidelines.
Further emphasizing its dedication to cultural heritage, Libya formally joined the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. This commitment was ceremoniously showcased as Libya presented its ratification document, reinforcing its dedication to preserving cultural heritage on an international level.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes world peace and security, through international cooperation in education, the sciences, and culture. It has 193 member states and 11 associate members, as well as partnerships with various non-governmental organizations, universities, and private sector entities.
Libya has been a member state of UNESCO since 1953, actively participating in various programs and initiatives. Over the years, Libya has worked to safeguard its rich cultural heritage, which includes five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the magnificent Roman ruins of Leptis Magna, and the prehistoric rock art of Tadrart Acacus.
The ratification of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage is a significant step for Libya. This international agreement is dedicated to preserving and promoting the world’s intangible cultural heritage, which includes traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, and festive events—components that are integral to Libyan culture.
Through its participation in UNESCO, Libya aims to bolster its cultural policies, protect its historical sites, and promote its diverse traditions on the world stage. It’s an opportunity for the country to share its cultural wealth with the international community, while learning from other nations’ experiences. The collaboration with UNESCO supports Libya’s vision of cultural dialogue, peace, and development both within its borders and globally.