GENEVA / UNESCO NOTRE DAME

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In a statement read by the Director of the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) in Geneva, UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay said her organization was standing by the French people’s side to safeguard and restore the invaluable heritage of the Notre Dame Cathedral. UNTV CH / UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 16 APRIL 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations exterior

16 APRIL 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, journalists
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Alessandra Vellucci, Director, United Nations Information Service (UNIS) in Geneva:
“Ms. Azoulay said this morning that UNESCO has the expertise to react to these kinds of disasters. She said they have done this in many parts of the world to affected heritage which has been destroyed or damaged by war, by conflict, by flooding, by other disasters. So, she has offered that expertise very quickly and apparently this is going to go on. But I think it is a little bit too early to say exactly what the UN will be able to do. I think now the moment is for the French authorities to make an assessment of the situation and then based on that, of course the United Nations will stand ready to help as much as we are asked for. There has been already a spontaneous offer of support especially in terms of the expertise by UNESCO.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Alessandra Vellucci, Director, United Nations Information Service (UNIS) in Geneva:
“She says we are already in contact with experts and ready to send an emergency mission to assess the damage, preserve what can be preserved, and plan short and medium-term measures; that’s what the Director General of UNESCO said. The assessment will be carried out with the authorities concerned including national and local authorities, site management, and church authorities in order to develop a plan of action, avoid further deterioration of the site, and recover as many original elements as possible.”
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In a statement read by the Director of the United Nations Nations Information Service (UNIS) in Geneva, UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay said her organization was standing by the French people’s side to safeguard and restore the invaluable heritage of the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Yesterday a massive fire partially destroyed the UNESCO world heritage site leading to the collapse of the Cathedral’s spire. Speaking to reporters in Geneva today (16 Apr), UNIS Geneva Director Alessandra Vellucci said it was too early to say what the UN would be able to do, adding that “now the moment is for the French authorities to make an assessment of the situation and then based on that, of course the United Nations will stand ready to help as much as we are asked for.”

Quoting Azoulay, Vellucci said UNESCO had the expertise “to react to these kinds of disasters.” She said UNESCO was already in contact with experts and ready to send an emergency mission to assess the damage, “preserve what can be preserved, and plan short and medium-term measures.” She added that the assessment would be carried out with the authorities concerned “including national and local authorities, site management, and church authorities in order to develop a plan of action, avoid further deterioration of the site, and recover as many original elements as possible.”
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