The 22nd session of the Conference of Arab Ministers of Culture ends with several landmark decisions
Ministers at the 22nd session of the Conference of Arab Ministers of Culture. — Photo provided
The 22nd session of the Conference of Arab Ministers of Culture urged Arab leaders to take advantage of digital technology in the development of cultural policies.
Organized by the Ministry of Culture and Youth in collaboration with the Arab League Cultural, Educational and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), the conference ended on Monday. Several key points for the development of Arab culture were drawn during the two-day conference.
The event welcomed 18 ministers in charge of cultural affairs from various Arab countries, the Director General of ALECSO, more than 88 delegations with representatives of intergovernmental organizations and personalities from the Arab world to Expo 2020 Dubai.
Strategic directions in a post-pandemic world
Arab leaders and heads of delegation presented the strategic directions that countries should adopt in a post-pandemic world.
They stressed the need to activate joint Arab cultural projects to strengthen Arab identity and protect young generations from falling prey to extremism.
The conference also discussed ways to strengthen Arab cultural unity and ensure its sustainability by building inclusive societies. “The need for Arab culture to open up to other cultures of the world and to help forge human ties on a global scale,” said a statement from the Ministry of Culture.
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It was also recommended that Arab countries work to implement the results of the review of the comprehensive plan for Arab culture and use it to develop national strategies for cultural development and joint cooperation.
They called for the organization of workshops and meetings to present the global plan for Arab culture and present it to the cultural entities of their respective countries to implement the plan. They underlined that the cultural projects approved during this session will contribute to the achievement of cultural integration among Arab countries.
The conference urged Arab countries to leverage digital technology in developing cultural policies in various countries to protect individuals and entities operating in the field from crises.
The 22nd session of the conference was based on a number of topics, including the report on the state and future of the Arabic language published by the ministry in partnership with the Arabic Language Advisory Council; and discussed means of cooperation to launch new projects in the fields of culture, heritage and development of Arabic.
On the closing day of the conference, delegates welcomed Saudi Arabia’s request to host the 23rd session of the conference in 2022.
Global Plan for Arab Culture
The debates of the 22nd session reviewed and updated the draft global plan for Arab culture. The decisions were based on an analytical review of the most important developments in the Arab cultural scene over the past 20 years.
Discussions also focused on the political, economic and social repercussions of these events and the challenges facing the Arab world today.
Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth of the United Arab Emirates and President of the 22nd session of the Conference of Arab Ministers of Culture, said: “The United Arab Emirates is keen on strategic cooperation with the ALECSO in all aspects related to its areas of work”.
She added: “I must mention the ministers’ conversation with Arab youth, it is an important example of what communication between decision makers and our target groups can achieve in the cultural sector.”
The signing of the UAE Declaration for the Arabic Language launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, is an important milestone, Al Kaabi said.
Dr Mohammed Ould Amar, Director General of ALECSO, said: “We have opened a new phase of work in the field of culture in Arab countries thanks to the updated plan for Arab culture, and thanks to Arab cultural projects which will strengthen our cooperation. . The plan will provide the necessary support to cultural institutions in many areas and give Arab States the opportunity to be on par with other countries in upcoming regional and international events.
He pointed out that the 22nd session of the Conference of Arab Ministers of Culture is part of the cooperation between the UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth ALECSO and implements the decision of the 21st session of the conference which included a number of decisions such as the areas of Arab cultural work, opening new horizons to develop cultural projects that promote Arab culture in the region as well as in the world.