Saudi Arabia to host 2023 Unesco World Heritage Committee in Riyadh
Saudi Arabia is set to host this year’s Unesco’s World Heritage Committee in September after the country was unanimously voted committee chair, the Saudi Press Agency said on Wednesday.
Home to Saudi Arabia’s World Heritage Site Al-Turaif, Riyadh will host the committee from September 10 to 25.
The World Heritage Committee will be chaired by Princess Haifa bint Abdulaziz Al-Mogrin, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to Unesco and the chairwoman of the organisation’s programmes and external relations committee.
The announcement was made at the 18th extraordinary meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, which also voted to add historic sites in Yemen, Lebanon and Ukraine to Unesco’s List of World Heritage in Danger.
The Unesco World Heritage Committee is composed of representatives from 21 states, elected by the General Assembly, who assess proposals from states that wish to place their sites on the World Heritage List. Originally scheduled to take place in Russia last June, the 45th expanded session was postponed following the invasion of Ukraine.