Eritrea had cause to join this year’s celebration of African World Heritage Day, the first edition since its capital Asmara was listed into the prestigious World Heritage List.
The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2017 admitted Asmara onto its list under the heading:Asmara: a Modernist City of Africa.
The Eritrean Information Ministry posted an article on its website commemorating the day. Excerpts are as follows:
“We are celebrating this year’s African World Heritage Day, almost a year after Eritrea successfully got Asmara: a Modernist City of Africa inscribed on the UNESCO- World Heritage List. African World Heritage Day is celebrated every year on May 5th, and it is a day of great continental and global importance.
“Eritrea is endowed with rich and diverse cultural and natural heritage properties which are significant at national and international levels. Since independence, the Eritrean Government has committed itself to providing all necessary support and resources for the cultural development of the nation.
“In addition, the Government of Eritrea has initiated several cultural programmes and projects to preserve, conserve and safeguard the nation’s cultural and natural heritage and pass it on to future generations.
“As part of its policy and commitment, the Eritrean government has ratified the three conventions of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO); the 1972 World Heritage Convention, the 2003 convention for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage and the 1954 Convention for the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict.