Starting On Jul 21, India Will Host, Chair UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. Here’s All About It

India is getting ready to host and chair the UNESCO's World Heritage Committee for the first time.

by Shreya Ghosh
Starting On Jul 21, India Will Host, Chair UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. Here’s All About It

The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation is an annual event where everyone attends meetings and discussions on the World Heritage Sites in different parts of the world. In a first of its kind in the convention’s history, India will be hosting and chairing the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. Here’s all you need to know about the event and its host nation.

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee Will Be Hosted In India This Year

Taking to the X (formerly Twitter) platform, Vishal V. Sharma 🇮🇳 (@VishalVSharma7) shared the news of India chairing and hosting UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee.

Our country is the host of the 46th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. Vishal V. Sharma, the Permanent Representative of India to UNESCO, shared information about the session on January 8. India will chair and host the event in New Delhi starting from July 21 to July 31, 2024. It is an incredible opportunity for the country to host and chair the reputed global session for the first time.

One of the primary goals of this annual event is to work on implementing the World Heritage Convention. This once-a-year meeting focuses on the World Heritage Fund and also issuing and assigning financial help, as stated by UNESCO. Another significant contribution of the committee is that it concludes the remark on any property getting enlisted to the World Heritage List.

Not just these, but the annual meeting of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee also emphasises and makes the final decision on the inscribing or deleting of any property on the List of World Heritage in Danger. This committee includes 21 State Parties to the Convention and the General Assembly elects these.

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Here’s More About The Committee:

Fin Infra Tech India 💼 (@FinInfraTech) shared some details of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee.

A 7-state Bureau works on planning the functioning of the committee. 7 members are a part of this Bureau. Along with a Chairperson and a Rapporteur, 5 Vice-Chairpersons are a part of this team. India’s H.E. Mr. Vishal V. Sharma is the Chairperson. Bulgaria, Greece, Kenya, Qatar, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are the Vice-Chairpersons. Belgium’s Mr. Martin Ouaklani is the Rapporteur.

Also read: Ancient Seafood, Peruvian Ceviche Makes It To UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage List; What It Is & More

These are all the updates of the World Heritage Committee!

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