via various sources, 20 November 2023: The Fourth Intergovernmental Conference on Angkor, held at UNESCO in Paris, concluded with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni requesting UNESCO’s technical assistance for human resource training, combating illegal artefact trade, and registering Cambodia’s heritage. The King highlighted Cambodia’s commitment to education, cultural preservation, and combating climate change. UNESCO, acknowledging the request, committed to continued cooperation. The conference also addressed challenges like climate change and local community resettlements in Angkor. France and Japan, co-chairs of ICC-Angkor, affirmed their commitment to sustainable development and community involvement in heritage conservation.
The Fourth Intergovernmental Conference on Angkor at UNESCO in Paris has concluded, with King Norodom Sihamoni suggesting that UNESCO send technicians to help Cambodia with human resource training to combating the illegal trade in artefacts, and preparations for the future registration of the Kingdom’s tangible and intangible heritage.
The King attended the conference, held at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris on November 15 at the invitation of UNESCO director-general Audrey Azoulay, according to the November 17 press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The release said that during an audience granted to Azoulay prior to the conference, the King expressed his deep gratitude to UNESCO for its close cooperation in the past, highlighting its important role in Cambodia and the success of the intergovernmental mechanism for the safeguarding and development of the historic site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor), established in 1993 following an initiative and appeal by the late King-Father Norodom Sihanouk.