As part of the #CultureUnderThreat series, the Antiquities Coalition in partnership with the Middle East Institute hosts roundtable discussions with leaders from Washington, DC embassies of Middle Eastern and North African Nations.
The intent of the roundtable in Washington, DC was to identify key regional concerns related to antiquities destruction and trafficking, develop common areas of interest, and determine specific goals for the regional Task Force established by the Cairo Declaration. The Declaration was signed by 10 Arab League states at the May 2015 Cairo Conference which was co-hosted by the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Antiquities Coalition, the Middle East Institute, and UNESCO. The Second Annual #CultureUnderThreat conference will take place this summer in the region.
The first roundtable discussion was held on March 9, 2016 and was attended by delegates from Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, the Department of State and the Arab League. The second roundtable discussion was held on May 25, 2016 and was attended by delegates from Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen, and the Department of State.
The efforts taken by each of these nations to work together on such a critical issue that they all share shines light upon the crisis they face as a regional community and serves as an unprecedented cooperation on combatting culture under threat. The nations will reconvene on a regular basis in preparation for the Second Annual #CultureUnderThreat conference.