11 MARCH 2022
UNESCO URGES TO PROTECT UKRAINIAN HERITAGE
“Although the most pressing priority is the protection of civilian life as the Russian advance continues, the cultural heritage also “must be safeguarded as a testimony of the past, but also as a catalyst for peace and cohesion for the future, which the international community has a duty to protect and preserve,” says the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Chief Audrey Azoulay .
The first challenge is to mark the cultural heritage sites and monuments with the distinctive “Blue Shield” emblem of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of Armed Conflict to avoid deliberate or accidental damages, reports UN News on Culture and Education on 9 March 2022.
At the beginning of the crisis itself, the UN cultural agency had called for respecting the 1954 Hague Convention to ensure the prevention of damage to cultural heritage in all forms.
Kyiv’s Saint – Sophia Cathedral and related monastic buildings and Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra are considered top priority properties in the World Heritage list representing the architectural and monumental art of the 11th century.
Marking processes have also started at the site of L’viv’s Historic City Centre in Western Ukraine, as reported by UNESCO.
UNESCO will mobilize international partners like Blue Shield International, International Council of Museums (ICOM), International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM).