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  • 21 April 2017

    “A UNESCO World Heritage Committee Session is a very prestigious event on a global scale. It brings together leading personalities from the world of culture, science, politics, and diplomacy, who will have an opportunity to observe our country. Poland will have the opportunity to present its cultural, scientific, and intellectual work,” Deputy Foreign Minister Jan Dziedziczak said at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage on Thursday. The agreement with UNESCO to host the event in Poland was signed by Professor Piotr Gliński, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage, on behalf of the Polish government in Paris on 19 April 2017.

    “The decision to host the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee is the culmination of long-standing efforts by many entities, including the diplomatic service, that have promoted Poland’s candidature on three levels: through embassies in Warsaw, Polish embassies in the Committee’s member states, and the Permanent Representation to UNESCO in Paris,” noted Deputy Minister Jan Dziedziczak during a press meeting, which was held the day after the official signing of the agreement between UNESCO and the government of the Republic of Poland regarding the organisation of the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee. “We are very much looking forward to this great event. It will be the biggest event in Poland in 2017,” added the MFA’S deputy chief. 

     


     

    Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński believes that Poland, being an active UNESCO member, fully supports measures aimed at saving world heritage. “In today’s world, marked by the tragedy of Aleppo and the fate of Palmira, the reconstruction of Warsaw and the painstaking reconstruction of its monuments after WW2 send a positive message to all who have seen their towns destroyed by hostilities. Destruction does not have to spell the end of a town’s existence, it could be the beginning of its reconstruction,” said the deputy prime minister. He added that the 41st session will continue the tradition of commemorating World Heritage List sites, fourteen of which are located in Poland. Poland’s request for inscribing a site on the World Heritage List this year concerns Tarnowskie Góry underground, i.e. lead, silver and zinc ore mines with their underground water management system in Tarnowskie Góry. 
     

    Deputy Minister Dziedziczak drew attention to the significance of the event in the context of Polish foreign policy goals. “Let us remember that a successful WHC session will raise Poland’s rank in UNESCO and more widely – in the United Nations system. This is very important at a time when Poland is bidding for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council,” noted the deputy chief of Polish diplomacy. Deputy Minister Dziedziczak added that consular and protocol services will be directly involved in the organisation of the WHC session in July and that they will use their best efforts to enable invited guests to come to Poland without problems. 


    The session will take place on 2-12 July in Krakow and will be attended by representatives of 21 UNESCO World Heritage Committee member states, who will be taking decisions concerning cultural and natural heritage all over the world. The 41st session of the World Heritage Committee will be organised on behalf of the Polish government by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, which is preparing the meeting in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior and Administration and the Krakow authorities. 
     

    For detailed information about the 41st session, please visit the event’s homepage: www.41whckrakow2017.pl  
     

    Proceedings of the World Heritage Committee will be live streamed on the UNESCO homepage: whc.unesco.org/en


    Photos of Polish world heritage sites are available at: www.zabytek.pl 
     

    MFA Press Office 

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