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    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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    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".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1YTD9JI5ZQJT4BSRDBZ87CLTT
    Media URN:
    VLVA1YTD9JI5ZQJT4BSRDBZ87CLTT
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/10/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
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    N/A

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