On the 23rd of May, the UNESCO headquarters in Paris hosted an informational meeting with the Deputy Culture Minister Magdalena Gawin, focused on the theme of organizing the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee in Poland. 

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Photo: National Heritage Board of Poland

The meeting was also attended by members of the National Heritage Institute team responsible for organizing 41st session of the World Heritage Committee in Poland, as well as representatives of the host city. The aim of the meeting was to present delegates and members of the World Heritage Committee with relevant information relating to the event, which will take place between 2-12 July 2017 in Krakow.

During her presentation, Minister Gawin referred to the reason why UNESCO was founded and stressed the great sense of responsibility the Polish nation feels in contributing to the international system of protecting heritage sites around the world. She also noted that today the preservation of shared values such as mutual respect, partnerships and cooperation between nations are extremely important, in view of the most recent events around the globe.

“Warsaw remembers all too well the times of war, and also the struggles of Poland to rebuild its destroyed capital. Warsaw and Palmyra are places of world heritage, which have been highlighted as having exceptional universal importance. The fate of Palmyra and the tragedy of Aleppo force us to reflect on the history of the 20th century, but also show the international community that it must make increased efforts in the name of the protection and preservation of places of world heritage” - said deputy minister Magdalena Gawin.

“Poland is a country which is very much engaged in honouring the duties of the convention covering the protection of world natural and cultural heritage. I am certain that our meeting in Krakow will be a wonderful opportunity to discuss themes of needs relating to the protection of cultural and natural heritage, and everything related to it – 'correct' decisions in this field” - said Prof. Jacek Purchla, the chair of the World Heritage Committee.     

Details relating to the organising of the event were presented to members of the delegation by Dr. Katarzyna Piotrowska, the head of the National Heritage Institute team responsible for organising the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee in Poland, scheduled to take place in July at the Congress Centre in Krakow. Matters relating to accommodation, transport, security and publicity were reviewed in detail. The official opening of the session will take place on the 2nd of July at Wawel Castle. 

During the meeting, Dr. Methild Rössler, the director of the World Heritage Centre, pointed out that the Committee would be deciding on 35 proposed new sites being added to or expanded on the list of World Heritage Sites.

Presentations from the meeting are available on the UNESCO website: http://whc.unesco.org/en/events/1376/ 

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