UNESCO and UNMAS conduct joint visit to Al Nuri Mosque


#RevivetheSpiritofMosul: The mandates of UNESCO and UNMAS have been brought together following the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage sites by Da’esh. In June, UNESCO and UNMAS conducted their first joint assessment on the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in West Mosul. Built in the late 12th century, it was destroyed by Da’esh during the fight to re-take Mosul in 2017.

Through support from the United Arab Emirates and the European Union, UNESCO and UNMAS will collaborate to rehabilitate the Mosque. To ensure the safety of the rehabilitation workers, UNMAS will first survey and clear the site and then provide risk education training to the UNESCO staff to reduce the probability of accidents as rubble is moved. Once rehabilitation work begins, expert staff will be available to provide support and immediately assess the site if UNESCO staff discover suspected explosive hazards. The work will be carried out carefully as each piece of the Mosque is a piece of history and it is unknown what is buried beneath the collapsed building debris.

Recently, the Minister of Culture and Antiquities of Iraq included the Mosul in the tentative list of sites for potential future inscription on the #WorldHeritage list #42WHC.In 2017, the UN Security Council approved resolution 2347 which makes specific reference to “the serious threat posed to cultural heritage by landmines and unexploded ordnance.”