India to Chair and Host UNESCO's World Heritage Committee

  • 10 Jan 2024

In a historic development, India is poised to take the helm and host the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s World Heritage Committee from July 21 to 31 this year in New Delhi, as announced by Vishal V Sharma, Permanent Representative of India to UNESCO on 9th Jan.

Key Points

  • First-time Leadership: This marks the first instance of a country both chairing and hosting the World Heritage Committee.
  • Official Statement: According to UNESCO ‘s official statement, the decision was made at the 19th extraordinary session in 2023, following a proposal by the authorities of the State Party of India. The session is scheduled for July 21 to 31, 2024, in New Delhi.
  • UNESCO Specialized Role: UNESCO as a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN), focuses on promoting world peace and national security through international cooperation in education, arts, science, and culture.
  • World Heritage Committee's Significance: The committee, comprising representatives from 21 member states, convenes annually to play a vital role in adding new sites to the prestigious list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.