Video Remarks to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 26, 2010

I am delighted to mark the 10th anniversary of the State Department’s Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.

This fund supports the preservation of cultural heritage around the globe, including restoration and conservation of cultural sites, monuments, objects, collections, and forms of traditional expression. Since its creation by Congress, the fund has demonstrated America’s respect for the world’s cultural heritage by supporting more than 640 projects in over 100 countries.

Some of those projects include preserving a 15th century citadel in western Afghanistan; conserving Greco-Roman archaeological material in Libya; and helping the people of Haiti assess the full extent of damage to historic buildings during the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, so that their rich heritage might still be preserved for generations to come.

Cultural heritage serves as a reminder of the historical experiences and achievements of humanity. Ancient structures and objects offer important lessons for today. Confucius once said: “Study the past if you would divine the future.” The more we know about each other -- and about our world’s diversity of cultures and traditions -- the more we can learn from each other to build a better future.