Last month, Qatar was elected as a member of the World Heritage Committee from 2021-2025, after it received a total of 114 votes – the highest among the candidate countries. The announcement was made during the meeting of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the 1972 World Heritage Convention, held during the 44th 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 including Belgium, Zambia, and Rwanda, each receiving 103 votes, 100 votes, and 90 votes respectively.
In a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) on this occasion, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to UNESCO, HE Dr. Nasser bin Hamad Al Hinzab expressed the Qatars’s delight in joining the World Heritage Committee, reinforcing Qatar’s commitment and support for world heritage standards and awareness at a local and international level. He added that it is a reflection of Qatar’s stance on preserving and protecting cultural heritage.
Through its membership and in cooperation with the member states, will enhance the committee’s role in protecting 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. HE Dr. Al Hinzab, congratulated all the new members on their appointment to the committee, expressing aspiration that the coming period will be prosperous to serve the world heritage.
The World Heritage Committee is one of the most important UNESCO committees, which was established based on the 1972 World Heritage Convention, and meets annually. It consists of representatives of 21 member states of the World Heritage Committee, appointed by the General Assembly for a four-year term.