Egypt’s Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem said that the Conference of Ministers of Cultural Affairs in the Arab World aims at launching a comprehensive plan for Arab culture in order to enhance joint cooperation between Arab countries.
She asserted the need for enhancing cooperation in order to combat the negative effect of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which put all cultural activities at stake, stressing the importance of joint Arab cultural work, as culture is the optimal framework for unifying Arab countries.
Abdel Dayem’s remarks came during her speech at the press conference to announce the agenda of the 22nd session of the Conference of Ministers Responsible for Cultural Affairs in the Arab World by the United Arab Emirates. She added that this session came to implement and develop a draft plan to advance the cultural conditions in the Arab world and to extend new bridges to the world.
The UAE hosts the 22nd edition of the Conference of Culture Ministers in the Arab World, in the presence of 21 ministers, a number of general managers of international organizations, as well as a number of important personalities.
Emirati Minister of Culture and Youth, Noura Al Kaabi, said that holding the conference at Expo 2020 Dubai will provide an opportunity to learn about the cultures of 192 countries.
This conference is also held in conjunction with the celebration of the International Day of the Arabic Language, the day on which the Arabic language was adopted as an official language at the United Nations in 1973. The Arabic language plays a pivotal role in enriching the movement of world heritage and culture, as well as developing human civilization, she added.
She explained that since its first session, the conference has constituted a main platform for enhancing the prospects for Arab cultural cooperation and crystallizing new dimensions that enhance the presence and advancement of Arab culture.
The conference will discuss the comprehensive plan for Arab culture and its modernization, with the aim of enhancing inter-Arab cultural cooperation with the cultures of the peoples of the world, as well as unifying Arab efforts in various cultural fields, including cooperation in registering intangible heritage in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and unifying efforts The conference will also discuss an extraordinary ambassador program for Arab culture.