Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO,on the occasion of the International Day of Nowruz
On this International Day of Nowruz the entire international community expresses its solidarity with the 300 million women men and children who because of COVID19 may not all be able to partake of their usual celebrations to welcome the arrival of spring and mark the start of the new year Although many will be unable to join in the festivities this year we can at least celebrate Nowruzs profound significance This significance is the reason for whichthe festival of Nowruz is included on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity It is what the poet Hafiz exalted in his collected works or Dīvān Morning breeze its fragrance will exhale The old world will once again youthfully sail Tulip will bring a red cup to the meadows Narcissus eyes from poppy will grow pale When would nightingale put up with such abuse In the chamber of the rose cry and wail This is the message of hope which the festival of Nowruz brings as do the feast days of Saint Barbara in Lebanon and Saint Joseph in Sardinia and as did the cults of Osiris in ancient Egypt and Aphrodite in ancient Greece By bringing germinated seeds and young shoots to the fore all these festivals celebrate the strength of life springing forth and the fertility of the world This year this message takes on a very special meaning for all humankind as the world contends with one of the worst pandemics in recent history as the environment changes and as biodiversity collapses we must join forces not only to contain the spread of the COVID19 virus but also to preserve the hospitality and beauty of the world On this International Day of Nowruz UNESCO thus would like to call upon everyone to remain united and not to lose sight of the hope that comes with the springtime renewal of life
How does the COVID-19 crisis affect the culture sector in Central America?
In Central America the sector of culture art and creative industries becomes one of the most affected by sanitary measures all over the world
The Creative City of Design San José of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network organizes a virtual discussion on Creativity and Culture in times of COVID-19
Sustainable Management of the World Heritage Property in Bamiyan - Preparing the Removal of Bamiyan from the List of World Heritage in Danger
Professionals from Central America and Mexico strengthen their capacities for the protection of underwater cultural heritage