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Saudi Arabia becomes the Vice-Chairman of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee

Saudi Arabia becomes the Vice-Chairman of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee

Saudi Arabia was chosen vice-chairman of the Arab group in the World Heritage Committee by the member states of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) during the committee’s forty-fourth session in China, for the term 2021-2023.

The permanent Saudi representative to the organization, Princess Haifa bint Abdulaziz Al Muqrin, considered her country’s election as a result of its prominent role in supporting heritage and efforts to document common human heritage.

She noted that the World Heritage Committee had unanimously adopted Saudi Arabia’s draught resolution to strengthen heritage workers’ capacities for the next ten years, which will help to protect endangered cultural heritage sites.

The UNESCO Committee, which is made up of representatives from 21 countries who were elected by the General Assembly, is responsible for studying proposals from countries wishing to inscribe their sites on the World Heritage List, assisting experts in submitting reports on the sites, and providing a final assessment for the decision to inscribe the proposed sites.

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