Poland becomes member of UNESCO World Heritage Committee
Poland has become a member of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. For the first time since 1976, our country was elected to this body in Paris on 19 November during the 19th session of the General Assembly of States Parties to the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
Twenty-two countries competed to fill 12 vacant seats on UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. Poland was backed by 93 countries. The Committee will also be joined by Croatia, Finland, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Lebanon, Peru, the Philippines, Portugal, Turkey and Vietnam.
The World Heritage Committee was established under the 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. It comprises 21 members who are elected by the General Assembly of States Parties to the Convention. The Committee’s tasks include to implement the Convention, to decide whether a property is inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger, and to examine country reports on the state of conservation of inscribed properties.