UNESCO to help Egypt restore its World Heritage sites

Nevine El-Aref , Monday 12 Sep 2011

After a meeting on Monday, the UN agency pledged to support restorations in Memphis' Necropolis and help introduce training courses for curators of the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation

Djoser step pyramid

During a meeting held yesterday at the Supreme Council of Antiquities’ (SCA) offices, the director of UNESCO’s cultural department Tamara Twinasky announced UNESCO’s full collaboration with the SCA to restore and preserve Egypt’s archaeological sites, which were listed on the UNESCO’S World Heritage List in 1979.

Mohamed Abdel Fatah, the secretary-general of the SCA, told Ahram Online that Twinasky pledged UNESCO’s full support to continue restoration and development work now carried out at the Memphis Necropolis (the Giza plateau, Abusir, Dahshur and Saqqara) especially at Dahshur and Saqqara which was meant to be completed earlier this year. She also told Abdel Fatah that UNESCO will provide its full support to complete the construction work at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) in order to meet its opening deadline on March 2012.

At the end of this month, Twinasky said that a technical specialist and international consultant assigned by UNESCO will visit Egypt to inspect the restoration work being carried out at the Djoser Step Pyramid, considered the first ever pyramid in history, and provide any needed advice.

Tarek Shawqi, director of UNESCO’s regional bureau, stated that comprehensive training courses for restorers and curators of the NMEC would be established as soon as possible in order to bring skill levels into line with international standards.

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