UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) officially declared the ESMA Museum of Memory as a World Heritage site on Tuesday, considering it “a place of exceptional universal value” and congratulating the Argentinian delegation for presenting this nomination and “seek justice” for acts committed in the region “during the last military dictatorship.”
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“Argentina should be congratulated for this nomination, seeking justice for the actions committed by a dictatorship against armed and unarmed opponents, and understanding the global impact and repercussions of these events at the ESMA Museum,” the organization said in its announcement.
UNESCO approved Argentina’s proposal on Tuesday at the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where a total of 50 new nominations were reviewed, 34 of which were cultural and nine were natural heritage. , 2 were mixed nominations. According to official reports, five are major revisions to the quota.
President Alberto Fernández celebrated the declaration of ESMA as a World Heritage site, “40 years after democracy” and noted that “memory is important so that the same mistakes are not made again.”
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“As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of our democracy, which became a reality, Argentina’s memory is important to prevent us from making the same mistakes. Thousands of thousands of people,” the president said through a recorded message sent by the Argentine delegation when the motion was approved. The building where Argentines were subjected to a terrorist attack can now serve as a lesson for building a more just society. “
The Argentinian delegation was also congratulated by the delegations of Belgium, Japan and Mexico, who agreed that the ESMA Heritage Museum meets the conditions for being declared a World Heritage Site.
The Argentine delegation that traveled to Riyadh to witness the candidacy process was composed of Horacio Pietragalla Corti, Minister of Human Rights; María Marcela ‘Mayki’ Gorosito, Executive Director of the ESMA Museum and ESMA Memory Site Candidates Mauricio Cohen Salama, General Coordinator of the Work Program.
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The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, which has been holding its 45th session in the Saudi Arabian city of Riyadh since September 10 last year, is reviewing a total of 50 new nominations, 34 of which are cultural in nature and nine of which are natural heritage. , 2 items are mixed heritage. According to official reports, five of these are significant changes to restrictions.
On Monday, Marcela Losado, Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Argentina to UNESCO, highlighted the “intensive work” that had been carried out to nominate the ESMA Museum of Memory as a World Heritage Site of the international organization.
“The nomination is the result of the country’s active participation in the in-depth work of the Open-ended Working Group of States Parties to the Convention, which made recommendations for the inclusion of sites of memory within the scope of the Convention in order to promote “for the first time. The deliberations of the committee opened the door to the presentation of our country’s nomination in this regard,” Losado said of the process that led the ESMA Museum to this point.
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It has been a long road since the Argentine government began negotiations with UNESCO in 2015. In 2017, negotiations continued with the news that the ESMA Museum had been included in the World Heritage Center’s tentative list.
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