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Often referred to on our program simply as UNESCO, the acronym stands for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Now, an international committee backed by UNESCO is meeting in Paris to decide what steps to take to protect Haiti's cultural heritage, much of which was seriously damaged by January's devastating earthquake.
Chaired by the Caribbean nation's Minister of Culture, the International Coordination Committee was set up by UNESCO to support Haitian authorities restoration of their country's cultural heritage.
During its first meeting, the Committee will identify priorities for the reconstruction of buildings, natural sites and damaged historic urban centers. It will also discuss how to restore museums, art galleries, archives, and libraries.
Back in March, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova visited Haiti to witness first-hand the country's largely destroyed cultural heritage, which is now threatened by vandalism, looting and illicit art trafficking.
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