On the 28th November 2016, the Programme officer of the Khartoum office of UNESCO, Mr. Abdelgadir Salih participated in the morning show “Morning Whispers” of the Sudanese S24 TV Channel, which was dedicated to the celebration of 60th anniversary of Sudan being with UNESCO.
At the beginning of the program, footage of the UNESCO Celebration Festival was shown, which took place on the previous day in the National Museum, and then the show’s host introduced Mr. Abdelgadir Salih and started the discussion about the profound relationships between UNESCO and Sudan. These very fruitful relationships started on 26th November 1956, when Sudan became a member-state of UNESCO, and was strengthened by establishing the Sudanese National Commission for Education, Science and Culture in 1958, and the UNESCO Khartoum office in 2006. Their aim was and still is sustainable development of the Sudanese society to the benefits of all Sudanese (“to leave nobody behind!”) in the areas of Education, Natural and Social Sciences, Culture, Communication and Information.
Mr. Abdelgadir Salih overviewed joint achievements of Sudan and UNESCO in Water Sciences and Industries (UNESCO’s International Hydrology Programme - IHP), Nature Protection (UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Programme - MAB), Sudanese Heritage promotion (UNESCO’s World Heritage Center - WHC), etc. He committed the will of the Organization to contribute in cooperation with different national and international partners and the Sudanese government to further develop Sudan in frameworks of the 2030 Agenda, which is shaped by the Sustainable Development Goals (adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015).
The show was ended with a documentary film about the Sanganeb Atoll and Dounganab Bay National Parks on the Red Sea, which have been registered recently by the World Heritage Center of UNESCO as the first Sudanese Natural Heritage site – resulting efforts of the Sudanese National Commission, and complementing two Historical Heritage sites registered earlier: Meroe Island and Jebel Barkal.