he World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) elected Saudi Arabia as vice-chair of the Arab group in the Committee for 2021-2023.
It comes on the sidelines of the 44th session of the committee in Fuzhou, China.
Haifa bint Abdulaziz Al Muqrin, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to UNESCO, considered the Kingdom’s election as a result of its prominent role in supporting heritage and its efforts to document the common human heritage alongside the member states of the Committee, and to achieve the goals of the organization in general and the goals of the World Heritage Committee in particular.
She indicated that the World Heritage Committee has unanimously adopted by all its members the draft resolution submitted by the Kingdom to build the capacities of heritage workers for the next ten years, which will contribute to enhancing the geographical diversity of experts, empowering regional competencies, and developing plans and measures to protect cultural heritage sites in danger.
The UNESCO Committee – composed of representatives of 21 countries elected by the General Assembly – is concerned with studying the proposals of countries wishing to inscribe their sites on the World Heritage List, and in assisting experts to submit reports on the sites and provide a final evaluation to resolve the decision to inscribe the proposed sites on the World Heritage List.