Kabul, 10 November 2014. On the occasion of an international conference on Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Afghanistan, organised by the Oriental Institute at University of Chicago and the Afghan Centre at Kabul University, UNESCO Director and Representative to Afghanistan Paolo Fontani, together with a delegation of national and international cultural heritage experts, met with H.E. President Ashraf Ghani to discuss the state of cultural heritage in Afghanistan.
The President confirmed to the delegation his complete support and commitment to culture and cultural heritage, and affirmed his conviction that the building of human capital for a nation necessarily happens through the knowledge of a shared culture and history.
The President indicated to the delegation the three main priorities he would like to see addressed in the near future. The first is the development of a national policy on cultural heritage for Afghanistan; the second is the production of a national archeological survey which would allow the government to better preserve and protect; the third is striking a balance between economic development and the preservation of cultural heritage, particularly in the face of the future expansion of infrastructure and mining.
The delegation reassured H.E. the President of their commitment to continue working in a collaborative manner to assist the new government in meeting its priorities.