International conference on Makli in January: Sardar Shah

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Sindh Minister for Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Syed Sardar Ali Shah has said that the first International Conference on Makli will be organized in Thatta, on January 13 and 14.
He said this while addressing the concluding session of a two-day workshop titled “World Heritage and Sustainable Development: the role of local communities” organized by UNESCO World Heritage Center (WHC) and UNESCO Islamabad at the National Museum Karachi, according to a statement issued here on Thursday.
The minister applauded the role of UNESCO for involving the local communities in the protection and preservation of archaeological sites.
He said that the workshop has provided a unique opportunity to witness the success stories from across the region for safeguarding the heritage sites.
Sardar Shah said, “We are proud to have two of the world’s heritage sites”.
Earlier the experts from Bangladesh, Jordan, Nepal, Oman and Pakistan presented case studies at the workshop to identify best practices for the conservation of World Heritage Sites.
Earlier, the opening remarks were delivered by Vibeke Jensen, UNESCO Representative to Pakistan.
The workshop concluded with a brainstorming session and discussion among the participants and the case presenters, exploring new avenues for community engagement in the sustainable development of world heritage sites.—APP

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