UNESCO accepts Italy's plan for Monuments' Men

Special Italian task force to save world cultural sites.

UNESCO has accepted the project of Italy's prime minister for a specialist unit of Italian experts to save world historic and cultural sites under threat of destruction either by natural disasters or by armed conflicts. The unit will also help train local experts and give governments advice on protection of sites in danger. Matteo Renzi suggested at the UN general assembly that such a unit should be included in UN peace-keeping missions. The project has been called an “international success for Italy” by Italy's minister of culture Dario Franceschini.