Qatar was elected yesterday as a member of the World Heritage Committee for the period 2021-2025 after obtaining 114 votes – the highest among the candidate countries – at the meeting of the General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention of 1972, held at the 41st session of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).
Qatar received the highest number of votes among the candidate countries for open seats, with 114 votes, followed by Belgium with 103 votes, then Zambia with 100 votes and Rwanda with 90 votes.
In a statement to the Qatar Press Agency (QNA) on this occasion, HE the Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to Unesco Dr Nasser bin Hamad al-Hanzab expressed Qatar’s pride in joining the World Heritage Committee, stressing that this choice confirms the tireless efforts of the State to promote the advancement of World Heritage standards and awareness at the national and international levels. He added that this is proof of Qatar’s position in the preservation and protection of cultural heritage and the international reputation of the State with Unesco.
HE al-Hanzab said that Qatar, through its membership and in cooperation with Member States, will strengthen the role of the committee in the protection of world cultural heritage and work together to ensure the correct implementation of the World Heritage Convention and the allocation of resources and effective protection mechanisms.
The Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to Unesco congratulated all the new members on their appointment to the Committee, expressing the hope that the coming period will be prosperous in the service of World Heritage. The World Heritage Committee is one of the most important committees of Unesco, which was established on the basis of the 1972 World Heritage Convention, and meets annually. It is composed of representatives of 21 Member States of the World Heritage Committee, appointed by the General Assembly for a four-year term.
The members of the World Heritage Committee study the proposals of the countries wishing to inscribe their sites on the World Heritage List and submit reports with the assistance of experts on the legitimacy of the sites and provide a final assessment for the decision to inscribe them. sites proposed on the World Heritage List, as the sole body responsible for making this decision. The World Heritage Committee is seen as a center for international resolution concerning world cultural heritage and the identification of international policies and mechanisms to improve human cultural heritage and ensure its protection.