ICO chief chairs conference of camel experts to discuss cultural legacy of camels

Sheikh Fahad Bin Falah Bin Hithlin, founder and president of the International Camel Organization (ICO), chaired the International Expert Conference of Camel International and UNESCO on Tuesday.

Sheikh Fahad Bin Falah Bin Hithlin, founder and president of the International Camel Organization (ICO); chaired Tuesday the International Conference of Experts of Camel International and UNESCO.

The conference, also entitled “Cultural Practices on Camel Traditions to Advance Sustainable Development Goals;” launched by Sheikh Fahad Bin Hithlin. This was in the presence of Assistant Director-General of Culture of UNESCO Ernesto Ottone; and some international speakers with expertise in camel. This conference broadcasted via the main platform of UNESCO.

The conference is also the first global event on the UNESCO platform devoted to the discussion of the cultural legacy of camels. The topics will discuss preservation of the living cultural heritage embodied in camel traditions, sustainability of local camel-grazing practices for economic and social development, utilization of camel-based practices for the preservation of biodiversity, adaptation, and mitigation of climate change, as well as strengthening of evidence of the scientific and educational dimensions of the camels’ tradition.

On this occasion, Sheikh Fahad Bin Hithlin pointed out the importance of being present on an international cultural platform such as UNESCO and cooperating with it to highlight the legacy and culture of camels, through a conference where selected camel professionals speak for the first time at this international level. He stated that at the end of the conference; there would be global recommendations for the advancement of all areas of the camel sector.

Sheikh Fahad also added: “I thank UNESCO for this cooperation and active partnership; as well as all the conference speakers from the entire world.”

The International Camel Organization is a non-profit organization based in Riyadh, founded by Sheikh Fahad Bin Hithlin in March 2019. It currently has about 105 member states on the six continents of the world. It aims to develop and service all camel-related legacies.