Nearly $90 million pledged in Paris for ALIPH and protecting cultural heritage in conflict zones (01/31/22)

Five years after the founding of the International Alliance for the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Conflict Zones (ALIPH), Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister for Culture, and Thomas S. Kaplan, Chair of the Foundation, hosted on January 31st the second ALIPH donor conference at the Musée du Louvre in Paris.

This meeting, which was opened by Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission, the Ministers of Culture of the United Arab Emirates, Noura Al Kaabi, and of Saudi Arabia, Prince Badr bin Abdullah Al Saud, gathered delegates from about thirty countries, including a dozen European ones States, international organizations (UNESCO, ICOM, ICOMOS, etc.) and private donors in the courtyard of Khorsabad, in the Louvre.

Almost $90 million was pledged during this second conference, replacing the $77.5 million pledged during the first pledging conference in March 2017. This new round of funding will give ALIPH the opportunity to scale up its operations over the next five years. The agility and responsiveness of ALIPH – which has supported nearly 150 cultural heritage protection projects in around 30 countries on four continents since 2018, notably in Iraq, Mali, Afghanistan, Yemen and north-eastern Syria – were praised during the event.

The initial supporters of ALIPH – States (France, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Luxembourg, China, Morocco and Switzerland) and private donors (Thomas S. Kaplan, Fondation Gandur pour l’Art and Andrew W.Mellon Foundation) – the TotalEnergies Foundation also joined.

Several countries present at the conference pledged their political support to ALIPH, with the potential for financial contributions to follow in the coming months.

“ALIPH is the pursuit of a new kind of multilateralism of action and results, agile and responsive, right in the field.” Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

“I welcome the strong international mobilization expressed today in support of heritage preservation in conflict and post-conflict zones. It testifies to our shared commitment to protecting the heritage that is our common good. This conference was a crucial step that allows ALIPH to anchor its mission in the long term in collaboration with all its institutional, technical and scientific partners.” Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister for Culture.

“With significant new financial and political support, the Foundation looks to the future with confidence, ambition and an unchanged obsession: to support those who, every day and often at the risk of their own lives, protect and rehabilitate that shared memory that defines the cultural Heritage of Humanity.” Thomas S. Kaplan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of ALIPH.

ALIPH was founded in Geneva in March 2017 on the initiative of France and the United Arab Emirates in response to the massive destruction of cultural heritage in recent years in the Sahel or the Middle East. In five years, ALIPH has become a key player in this field.

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