UNESCO event seeks to create action plan to safeguard Mali's cultural heritage

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UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, made a visit to Mali on Saturday 2 February 2013 with French President François Hollande and the interim President of Mali Dioncounda Traoré. © Présidence de la République

Decision-makers and experts from Mali, France and the United Nations are meeting in Paris on Monday to devise an action plan for rebuilding and safeguarding the West African country's cultural heritage.

The event is being held at the headquarters of (UNESCO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and will provide an overview of damage incurred during the conflict in Mali.

The Culture Ministers of France and Mali are scheduled to open the event which will see participation from the managers of Mali's heritage sites, museums and libraries.

The day-long meeting is expected to end with the presentation of the action plan, followed by a star-studded concert featuring top Malian musicians, including the award-winning singer Rokia Traore.

Mali is home to World Heritage Sites such as the city of Timbuktu, with its three great mosques.

UNESCO has repeatedly appealed for the protection of the country's cultural heritage since the crisis broke out a year ago.

Earlier this month, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova travelled to Mali alongside French President François Hollande.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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