Participants in the "Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage" conference on Saturday reaffirmed their common determination to create an international fund to safeguard the endangered cultural heritage of all peoples.
This came in the Abu Dhabi Declaration, issued at the conclusion of the two-day conference held in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi, the UAE's official news agency (WAM) reported.
The international fund will contribute to financing preventive and emergency operations, and to fighting illegal trafficking, it said.
Abu Dhabi Declaration also includes an international network of safe havens to temporarily safeguard cultural property endangered by armed conflicts or terrorism, the news agency added.
The Declaration stressed that world cultural heritage represents the foundation of humanity's common future and is "a mirror of mankind, a guardian of our collective memory and a witness to the extraordinary creative spirit of humanity."
A number of foreign heads of states, prime ministers, dignitaries, experts and government representatives from more than 40 states attended the conference.