The Culture Ministers Meeting of the Group of Twenty (G20) put the culture to the forefront for recovery after the pandemic, Culture Minister of Italy Dario Franceschini told TASS in an interview, APA reports citing TASS.
"The G20 ministers have put culture to the center of the post-pandemic agenda. The world of art stimulates human development, economic growth, and provides jobs. Therefore, it can be considered an industry of a kind. The meeting program will comprise a discussion of cultural heritage preservation during natural cataclysms and in conflict zones, and combating illegal trade and smuggling of art objects," the Minister said. Italy wants to continue the Blue Helmets for Culture program, Franceschini said. "This mission has proved to be an effective method in the hands of the global community when there is a pressing need for a quick response to a situation when cultural objects are threatened by natural cataclysms or terrorism. This experience dates back to the declaration signed as part of the Expo 2015 in Milan, including by Russia. We hope your country will make an important contribution to the continuation of this mission," the Minister noted.