UN reiterates total support to reconstruction of Notre DameChristian Fernsby ▼ | April 17, 2019
The Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, fully supports Tuesday the efforts of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) to rebuild the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.
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Guterres said Monday he was horrified by the images of the fire that devastated the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris and showed solidarity with the French people and the Government.
The building is a unique jewel of the world heritage that has reigned in Paris since the 14th Century, wrote the Head of the United Nations in his Twitter and expressed great shock because of the incident.
According to preliminary reports, once the massive fire could be contained, two-thirds of the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral collapsed.
The Director of UNESCO's World Heritage Centre, Mechtild Rossler, reported that UNESCO experts are ready to assess the damage and quickly begin restoration work.
A UNESCO team is available to investigate the stability of the building, individual structures, and damage to stained glass windows and sculptures.
The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, stressed that such work will be carried out as soon as possible, in conjunction with the French authorities, to help conserve and recover as many original items and plan measures in the short and medium term.
The cathedral is part of the site officially known as 'Paris, the benches of the Seine', inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1991, with its innovative use of rib vaults and buttresses, glass rosettes and sculpted ornaments.
Notre Dame was built from 1163 to 1345 on the Isle de la Cite, where the city of Paris arose, and is currently one of the most iconic places in the capital of France. ■