Irina Bokova opens the 34th session of the World Heritage Committee
Stating that world heritage sites must be “emblems of peace, dialogue and reconciliation,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova opened the 34th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in Brasilia, Brazil on 25 July 2010.
In her opening remarks, the Director-General emphasized that “as the number of properties increases year after year, our mission to protect and promote heritage calls for real national expertise and highly specialized skills and knowledge.” She stated that “international cooperation is the starting point for building this capacity. We must ensure that technical assistance targets the neediest countries, especially in Africa – our priority region – and in Small Island Developing States.”
The opening ceremony included a celebration of Brazil’s living heritage and a report from the World Heritage Youth Forum held immediately just before the Committee session, which included participants from Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries in South America, Asia, Africa and Europe.
Attending the ceremony were the 21 members of the World Heritage Committee, observers from the 187 States Parties to the 1972 Convention, and representatives of the Advisory Bodies – IUCN, ICOMOS and ICCROM, as well as numerous Brazilian national and regional authorities.
Ahead of the opening, the Director-General also held talks with Mr João Luiz da Silva Ferreira, Brazil’s Minister of Culture and Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee.
- Director-General’s speech on this occasion (multilingual)