UN SRSG visits Ur: It is high time that Iraq taps into its rich cultural history
01 February 2022
Mesopotamia is the home of ancient civilizations, as is evident in the archaeological ruins dotting Iraq today.
Many sites of great cultural significance enrich the country’s history and present. Ur in southern Iraq is one of those landmarks.
“Walking on grounds that thousands of years ago were at the centre of the world brings awe and admiration. This is a place one must see”, UN SRSG Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said on a recent mission to southern Iraq during which she visited Ur.
Iraq’s rich past is as significant as its oil wealth today. The right expertise and development efforts can attract many visitors, creating local jobs and generating income to help Iraq’s economy break away from a complete reliance on hydrocarbon revenues.
“Iraq has tremendous untapped potential as a place of interest for visitors and travelers. Local and national authorities as well as the Iraqi public are encouraged to take pride in discovering this wealth”, said Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert.