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    ICESCO Participates in Opening of 45th Session of World Heritage Committee in Saudi Arabia

    11 September 2023

    Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, Director-General of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), and the accompanying delegation participated in the opening ceremony of the extended 45th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee (WHC) held in Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, president of the current session of WHC, between 10 and 25 September 2023.

    His Highness Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Farhan, Minister of Culture and Chairman of Saudi National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, opened the session by reaffirming the Kingdom’s belief in the importance of heritage as a cultural treasure and as a human and knowledge heritage. His Highness reiterated the Kingdom’s unwavering commitment to supporting cultural projects, under the supervision of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, may Allah protect them.

    The Murabba Historical Palace in Riyadh was host of the ceremony organized by the Saudi ministry of culture, in the presence of Ms. Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General, and representatives of heritage international organizations, heads of delegation, experts, researchers and international, regional and local specialist in the field of culture and heritage.

    The extended session is the occasion for the committee to meet to decide which of the 50 sites, among which 37 are cultural and 12 natural, will be inscribed on the World Heritage List, and to discuss amendments to some heritage sites.

    ICESCO’s delegation, represented by Mr. Mohammed Zine Alabidine, head of Culture and Communication Sector and Dr. Nami Salihi, Supervisor of the Islamic World Heritage Centre, will provide substantive and technical support to the delegations of ICESCO member states who filed requests to inscribe historic sites or cultural elements on the World Heritage List.

    ICESCO’s participation in the extended WHC session is part of its diligent efforts in the field of preservation, conservation and valorization of heritage in the Islamic world. ICESCO inscribed more than 430 historic sites and cultural element on its Islamic World Heritage List, in addition to holding a number of workshops, training sessions for the executives and professionals acting in the field of heritage and a set of international conferences and symposiums to restore and combat the traffic in cultural property.

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