On the theme “Towards a sustainable cultural development of future cities in the Islamic world”:10th ICCM Kicks off in Khartoum
The 10th session of the Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers (ICCM) kicked off this morning at the Friendship Conferences Hall in Khartoum, capital of the Republic of the Sudan. The Conference is being held by the Islamic Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) organizes, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of the Sudan, and in coordination with the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), under the high patronage of the Sudanese President, Field Marshal Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir, on the theme “Towards a sustainable cultural development of future cities in the Islamic world”, on 21-23 November 2017, with the attendance of the ministers of culture of the OIC Member States along with a host of experts and representatives of the Arab, Islamic and international organizations concerned with cultural affairs.
Following the welcoming address of Mr Al-Tayeb Hassan Badawi, Minister of Culture of the Republic of the Sudan, addresses were given by Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, ISESCO Director General; Ambassador Hesham Youssef, OIC Assistant Secretary General; and Sheikh Hamad Al Ma’amari, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture for Cultural Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman, representative of the President of the 9th Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers.
In the s ame vein, the Sudanese President, Field Marshal Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir, gave the conference’s keynote address.
At the close of the opening session, ISESCO Director General offered the Conference’s Gold Shield to the President of the Sudan.
The Conference, which is being held as part of the festivities marking the celebrations of Sinnar as the 2017 Arab Region’s Capital of Islamic Culture, will discuss the “Draft Document on the Guidelines Related to Culture and the City”, the “Draft Guidance Study on Cultural Indicators of Development”, the “Draft Islamic Declaration on Safeguarding Cultural Heritage in the Islamic World”, and the “Draft Amended Version of the Cultural Strategy for the Islamic World”.
As part of its agenda, the Conference will also discuss the Director General’s Report on the Implementation of the Cultural Strategy for the Islamic World and the Final Report of the 15th Meeting of the Consultative Council in Charge of Implementing the Cultural Strategy for the Islamic World. In addition, Member States will present their national reports on their efforts to implement the Cultural Strategy for the Islamic World. Moreover, the conference will also see the election of the members of the Consultative Council in Charge of Implementing this Strategy and members of the Islamic World Heritage Committee, as well as the setting of the date and venue of the 11th session.
On the second day of the conference, participants will head to Sinnar to attend the official celebrations of the Sinnar as the 2017 Capital of Islamic Heritage for the Arab region, where the Cultural and Information Center, the Sinnar Museum and the Heritage and Tourist Village will be inaugurated.