Damascus, SANA- In view of its role in preserving heritage and identity and developing and supporting their communities, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has renewed the accreditation of the Syria Trust for Development as a non-governmental organization for the next four years.
The Syria Trust for Development clarified in a statement that the renewal of accreditation comes within the framework of the prestige industry that has accumulated over many years of sincere work, real experience and a broad awareness of responsibility towards society, its culture and history, describing this achievement by saying: “It is honesty when you perform honestly.”
The Syria Trust for Development plays its role as an accredited expert body in the field of safeguarding and promoting intangible cultural heritage according to the executive directives of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage related to the procedures for accrediting non-governmental organizations, in addition to its work on reviving and rehabilitating archaeological sites and tangible archaeological heritage.
The Trust plays its role in various Syrian regions, as it works directly in the provinces of (Damascus, Damascus Countryside, Aleppo, Homs, Hama, Tartous, Sweida, and Lattakia). Its offices in those provinces constitute platforms for the Trust’s work in the rest of the provinces: Hasaka, Daraa, Raqqa, Deir Ezzor and Idleb.
The Trust noted in its statement that its presence as an accredited advisory body in UNESCO contributes to refining its work with the local community in the field of preserving and reviving cultural heritage and supervising the preparation of nomination files for the elements of the intangible cultural heritage to be registered on the lists of human heritage in the organization.
It is worth mentioning that the Syria Trust for Development was accredited for the first time by UNESCO in 2012, and the accreditation was renewed in 2017, due to the important role it played in the field of safeguarding the intangible heritage, to renew its accreditation for the second time this year.