(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) CAIRO, Oct 15 (KUNA) -- The Arab ministers of culture applauded Kuwait on Monday for adopting the amendment of the comprehensive plan for Arab culture and allocating funds for the budget of the plan.
During their 21st conference, the ministers appreciated the efforts made by the Arab League Educational Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) to prepare the plan in 1985 and update it in 2011.
The two-day conference was held under the auspices of Egyptian President Abdulfatah Al-Sisi in collaboration with ALECSO.
The final communique of the gathering recommends more cooperation among the regional and international government and non-government cultural organizations to curb the phenomenon of extremism and promoting the culture of peace and moderation.
It calls on ALECSO to prepare for the Arab cultural summit, themed "Arab cultural security," in collaboration with the Arab League Secretariat and the concerned departments in the Arab countries.
Regarding the Arab award for creative youth, the conferees decided to allocate it to three categories in each session with each cash award amounting to at least USD 15,000.
They designated Mahmoud Darwish, a late Palestinian poet, as icon of Arab culture 2018, and called on ALECSO to prepare an order of merit for future icons, according to the communique.
The ministers welcomed the ALECSO initiative to celebrate the Arab day of poetry at its Headquarters on a regular basis, calling for honoring the Saudi poet Ghazi Al-Qosaibi at the coming fifth Arab day of poetry.
They called on the organization and the concerned departments in the Arab countries to speed up the development of a charter for protection of cultural heritage in the Arab countries.
They approved the recommendations of the 23rd session of the conference on antiquities and cultural heritage in the Arab homeland, hosted by Jordan in April 218, and the two meetings of Arab experts on world cultural heritage, hosted by Kuwait in June 2017 and June 2018.
They stressed the need of Palestinian participation in Arab cultural activities and holding cultural weeks in Arab cities to highlight the Palestine question.
The ministers agreed to adopt a single stance on the Arab identity of Jerusalem at the meetings of UNESCO's Executive Board and World Heritage Committee and highlight the status of the holy city as an occupied territory.
Kuwait was represented at the gathering by Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Mohammad Al-Jabri. (pickup previous) mfm.gb