The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was elected for the first time on Wednesday to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. The announcement comes one week after the election of the Kingdom to the Executive Council of the UN Heritage Body for the period 2019 to 2023.
This is a first for the kingdom, which, according to Prince Badr bin Abdullah, “confirms Saudi Arabia’s international status and its role in peace-building and its effective contribution to the establishment of the principles of culture and science”.
International cultural influence
The World Heritage Committee meets once a year. It is composed of representatives of 21 Member States, elected by the General Assembly. It is the body that has the final say on the inscription of a property on the World Heritage List. It also pays attention to the state of conservation of sites inscribed on the World Heritage List and urges the members to take action when they are not properly managed.