Foreword by Irina Bokova Director-General of UNESCO
Six years on, the rebuilding of the 16th century Old Bridge in Mostar remains a symbol of what co-operation through culture can achieve. The annual Ministerial Conference on Cultural Heritage in South-East Europe, first held in Mostar in 2004, and subsequently in Venice, Ohrid, Zadar and Bucharest has grown into one of the region’s most successful political initiatives to foster such co-operation throughout the region.
As a result of the Action Plan adopted in 2004, and thanks to the generous support of the Italian Trust-Fund for Cultural Heritage in South-East Europe, many projects to safeguard important cultural heritage and activities aimed at building the capacity of cultural institutions have been implemented in co-operation with UNESCO’s Office in Venice. This brochure offers an overview of what has been achieved so far….