More than forty delegations from throughout the world attended the meeting of the United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Cairo.
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SCU Mr. Hector Wynter introduces Premier Salem SOUND IN "May I now invite ..... ENDS Mr. Mamdouh Salem to open the proceedings
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SYNOPSIS: The Arab League building in Cairo, Egypt, was the venue for the first meeting of the United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation -- UNESCO -- ever to be held in an Arab country.
The Egyptian Premier, Mamdouh Salem, was there to greet the UNESCO delegates who came from more than forty countries throughout the world. The meeting was only the third the organisation has held outside the capital of France, Paris, in eighteen years.
African and Arab delegates were there in force for the meeting -- many of them for the first time.
The Chairman of the Executive Board of UNESCO, Mr. Hector Wynter, introduced Premier Salem to the delegates.
"May I now invite ....... to open the proceedings."
Mr. Salem told the conference that Egypt had been closely and actively associated with UNESCO from the very early stages, having become a number of the organisation in 1946. He said that the saving of the Nubia temples in Egypt was an example of how member countries could work in cooperation with UNEXCO to achieve aims which would serve all of mankind.
The delegates will also visit archaeological sites throughout Egypt.
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Background: More than forty delegations from throughout the world attended the meeting of the United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Cairo.
It is the first time UNESCO has met in an Arab country and only the third time the Organisation has met outside Paris, France.
While in Egypt the delegates will visit the famous archaeological sites of Cairo, Alexandria and upper Egypt.
One of the topics of most interest to delegates will be the Temples of Nubia, the ancient Egyptian temples which are threatened by the rising waters of a new dam. The temples are considered one of the most valuable archaeological sites in the world.
At the opening ceremony of the UNESCO meeting, the chairman of the executive board of UNESCO, Mr. Hector Wynter, said the ancient temples of Nubia were not only the lasting landmarks of a great civilisation but were an example of a valuable relic of the meeting of "the ways" of the four corners of the ancient world.
Mr. Wynter said the temples provided a link between east and west, north and south, and between the Mediterranean basin, "the birth place of western civilisation" and the varied "but as yet, less well known, cultures of the great African continent and the ancient cultures of Asia.
In 1960, UNESCO launched a massive multi-million dollar campaign to save the temples from the rising waters of the Aswan High Dam.
The operation, carried out with the cooperation of the Egyptian government, involved taking the temples apart, brick by brick, and rebuilding them again on higher ground.
But Mr. Winter said that although UNESCO was involved in the preservation of archaeological monuments, it was also involved in other areas of "human advancement" such as education, science, culture and international information.
The chairman of UNESCO said Egypt was an example of how the organisation could assist a nation in those fields "in a spirit of friendly cooperation".