Protecting culture in times of conflict

"Protecting cultural heritage during armed conflict helps create the conditions for peace,” Minister for the Arts Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson said at the headquarters of UNESCO Paris.  

Mr Finlayson was there to formally deposit New Zealand’s treaty documents to join the Protocols to the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Culture in the event of Armed Conflict.  

“The treaty was established in the aftermath of the massive destruction of culture and heritage during the Second World War, but it’s as relevant now as it was then,” Mr Finlayson said.

“In the military intervention in Mali this year, protection of that country’s cultural treasures was a high priority. We even saw protection of culture built in to a UN peacekeeping mandate.”  

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