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THIRD INTER-AMERICAN MEETING OF MINISTERS OFOEA/Ser.K/XXVII.3CULTURE AND HIGHEST APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIESCIDI/REMIC-III/doc.5/06November 13-15, 200626 October 2006Montreal, CanadaOriginal: EnglishCONCEPT PAPER FOR THE MINISTERIAL THEMEPRESERVATION AND PRESENTATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE(Presented by the Delegation of the United States)17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NWWashington, DC20006ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATESInter-American Council for Integral Development(CIDI)
CONCEPT PAPER FOR THE MINISTERIAL THEMEPRESERVATION AND PRESENTATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE(Presented by the Delegation of the United States)Topic:Successful strategies for preservation and presentation of cultural heritageLead Country:United States of AmericaParticipating Country:Dominican RepublicNGO:Institute of Female Entrepreneurs, Haiti1.BACKGROUND:We consider that it is vital for all states to recognize our cultural heritage and fullyappreciate and encourage the creative expression of our peoples. . . . We reaffirmthat the safeguarding of cultural heritage in all its forms has a role in promotingcultural diversity. The places, objects, and living traditions of the diverse groups thatmake up our countries constitute a lasting legacy that needs to be recognized andpreserved.Therefore, we encourage the deepening of inter-American cooperation inthe identification, preservation, and appreciation of heritage resources asexpressions of our diverse cultural history. Further, we condemn the pillage, illicittraffic, destruction, and unauthorized possession of cultural objects, as well as thecommensurate damage to archeological and historic sites, which results inirreversible losses to cultural heritage, identity, and the related sustainableeconomic potential of our peoples.Declaration of MexicoThe preservation of cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, is a pressing commonconcern of cultural institutions, communities, and governments of member states.Preservation ofhistoric documents, sound recordings, archaeological sites, historic buildings, and museumcollections, as well as the built environment and the documentation and encouragement of intangibleand living heritage provide critical resources for education, research, and economic development andfor understanding the past, enriching the present, and preparing for the future.Presentation of thesecultural resources by providing access to museum and library collections, facilitating culturaltourism, and supporting festivals and exhibitions aids in the preservation effort by making the valueof cultural heritage more widely known and appreciated.Numerous challenges, however, confrontthe stewards of cultural heritage in their efforts at preservation and promotion:limited funding and the necessity of prioritization among competing needs for thecare of cultural heritage collections;natural and man-made disasters;the effect of time and the environment on fragile manuscripts and objects

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Term
Spring
Professor
ScottP.McRobert
Tags
cultural heritage, UNESCO

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