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Second Meeting of the Executive Board of the National Fund for Moenjodaro

The second meeting of the Executive Board of the National Fund for Moenjodaro was held on 14th February, 2012 at Moenjodaro guesthouse. Chaired by the Minister of Culture, Sindh Government, Ms. Sassui Palijo, the meeting was participated by a UNESCO team, led by the UNESCO Director, Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata. As per the composition of Executive Board, notified by the Sindh Chief Minister in July 2011, the Director of UNESCO Islamabad is a key member of the Executive Board. Pursuant to the 18th Constitutional Amendment, all World Heritage Sites have been handed over to the respective provinces, along with other cultural assets and institutions. Consequently, the National Fund for Moenjodaro (NFM) and administrative control of the archaeological site has been transferred to the Sindh Culture Department.

Among other important decisions taken at the Board meeting, the most important one was to prepare a Master Plan for Moenjodaro. Given UNESCOís previous successful experience in the preparation of Master Plans for the World Heritage Sites of Lahore Fort, Shalamar Gardens and Takht-e-Bahi, Dr. Nagata was requested to support the Culture Department in preparing a comprehensive Master Plan for Moenjodaro. This would lay the foundation and road map for preserving and managing the site as per international standards.

Acknowledging the need for a Master Plan for Moenjodaro, the Director of UNESCO Islamabad committed to provide necessary technical assistance and share the cost of studies to be undertaken in this context.

The Culture Minister and Secretary Culture thanked UNESCO for its continued support to the Culture Department. UNESCO's intervention in this regard would be of critical importance for better management of and future donorís interest in this ancient property of universal value.