At the end of the
civil war in 1972, the Yemeni government passed a law to protect its
architectural and archaeological heritage, with particular reference to the old
By 1983 the plan had been approved by the Yemeni government and UNESCO, and its implementation began. In December 1984, before the city's inclusion on the World Heritage List which did not take place until 1987), the restoration and safeguard of Sana'a were placed by presidential decree under the authority of a High Committee chaired by the Prime Minister. The Director-General of UNESCO launched an appeal to the international community to help the Yemeni government carry out a rescue operation with an estimated cost of 300 million dollars.
Several countries responded to UNESCO's appeal.
In June 1988, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr. Federico Mayor, visited Sana'a to get a first-hand impression of the extent and complexity of the task.
Article 'Sana'a, the pearl of
Article on the conservation of Sana'a by T. Luke Young.
The UNESCO Sana'a Medal issued in 1987.