Today the Press Conference on the 36th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, opening in Saint Petersburg on June 24, took place

For the first time Russia hosts such a representative and prestigious forum which has a special significance due to the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Conservation Convention (1972). All the charter meetings of the session will take place in the Tauride Palace in Saint Petersburg from June 24 to July 6, 2012.

 Eleonora Valentinovna Mitrofanova, Permanent Representative of Russia to UNESCO, Chairperson of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Committee, noticed in her speech that the Committee work in the 36th session is a complex working process, where about 2000 delegates of Convention Member Countries, as well as experts and observers, take part. For the first time the Committee sessions will be streamed live on the Internet, which will make it possible for a wide public to follow the session events.

One of the key objectives of the session is to consider the applications for inscribing the sites of cultural, natural and mixed significance on the UNESCO World Heritage List. More than 30 such sites are submitted for judgment of the forthcoming session.

 Andrey Evgenievich Busygin, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, emphasized the symbolism of hosting the session precisely in Saint Petersburg, the city where the historic area is totally inscribed on the World Heritage List as a complex site, which is a unique factor.  This time Russian Kremlins serial nomination comprising architectural monuments of Astrokhan, Uglich and Pskov, as well as the Lenskye Stolby Natural Park, is proposed for inscription on the List from our country. Inscription on the World Heritage List ensures the conservation of the outstanding human and natural creations.

 Grigory Eduardovich Ordzhonikidze, Secretary-General of the UNESCO RF Commission, noticed that besides Committee main sessions in the Tauride Palace, the International Youth Forum took place in the session margins in the All-Russian Child Centre "Orlyonok" from May 30 to June 20, and in the period from July 1 to July 9 the World Heritage Committee Youth Model will take place in Kazan. Such actions make it possible to cultivate a respectful attitude to culture and nature of our country in the younger generation, and to join the common work on the World Heritage Conservation.

 In the framework of the 36th session the Committee will also consider the reports on the safe state of 105 sites which are on the World Heritage List, as well as the current state of 35 sites on the List of World Heritage in danger.  The session working documents are publicly available in English and French on the UNESCO World Heritage Centre website: www.whc36-russia2012.ru

For more information, please consult:

Press Centre of the 36th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee

Anastasiya Chernelevskaya

chernelevskaya@polylog.ru

8 (495) 258-22-38

8-915-071-63-36

The speakers' photos are available at the following link: Archive