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CNLG staff train in elaboration of documents for nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List

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Kigali: From 10th through 29th September 2018, 12 employees of the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide are being trained in elaboration of documents for nominations of sites to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The training that brought together conservation experts  (patrimoniteurs) from 16  African countries was organized by the School for African World heritage in partnership with the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) with the support of the CNLG, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the International Council on Monuments and Sites  (ICOMOS), The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Speaking at the opening of the training, Dr Jean-Damascène Bizimana, Executive Secretary of the CNLG, said that the training will equip CNLG staff in elaborating nomination documents as Rwanda has embarked on the project to list four Genocide memorial sites on UNESCO World heritage List.

“These patrimoniteurs have enough knowledge and experience in listing of sites on UNESCO World heritage. As you know, since the last four years, Rwanda has embarked on the project to list Gisozi, Murambi, Nyamata and Murambi memorial sites on the UNESCO world heritage list. So , we want them to  help us but particularly to train Rwandans especially CNLG and Museums employees and others so that they are able to elaborate themselves those documents. We currently do not have experts in this domain. Training our staff will help us have skilful experts. Besides, they will help us to elaborate such documents so that they fulfil UESCO requirements”.

Samuel Kidiba, Director of the School for African World Heritage said that the fact that Africa has less sites on UNESCO World heritage List is due to lack of skilled people in elaborating nomination documents.

He said “as a school that train cadres in Africa, I would say that the breach is due to the fact that we do not have trained people in this domain. For me, training is very important either in the domain of world heritage, museums, and other domains of documentation and archives. For whatever concerning culture, it is important to have trained cadres and experts because it is on memoire that a country’s development must be founded”.

While officiating at the opening of the training, Evode Uwizeyimana, Minister of State in charge of Constitutional and Legal Affairs, said that Rwanda will not spare any efforts to ensure that the listing of the four memorial sites is a full success. Currently, there are1902 sites listed on UNESCO World Heritage List of which 95 are Africans. (Fin)

 

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