A ceremony will be
held in the destroyed Iranian city of Bam Monday marking
the earthquake that struck the city one year ago and
celebrating its inclusion on UNESCO's list of World
Heritage sites, the UN cultural organization said.
The historic city on the ancient silk route was turned to
rubble by a deadly quake December 26 that killed almost
31,000 people and left 75,000 homeless.
UNESCO said the ceremony would be attended by its deputy
director-general for culture Munir Bushenaki, and by
Iranian Vice President Hossein Marashi.
It said that, as the organization spearheading
international efforts for the cultural survival of Bam,
UNESCO would use the occasion to stress the need for
Meanwhile, it said an international conference would be
held in collaboration with the Italian government in the
second half of next year to mobilize support for the
restoration of the city.
In Paris, officials said a Franco-Iranian committee set up
in the wake of the disaster to channel aid has raised more
than 2.8 million euros (3.8 million dollars), most of
which will be spent on re-equipping the city's hospital.
Some of the money will also be spent on creating a mobile
seismic detection network and creating a detailed digital
map of Bam to help in reconstruction.