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DOHA: Qatar was elected to the World Heritage Committee for the period 2021-2025 with 114 votes on Thursday.

The election took place during the 41st session of the General Conference of UNESCO during the meeting of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the 1972 World Heritage Convention (UNESCO).

Qatar received the most votes (114 votes) among the candidate countries for the open seats, followed by Belgium (103 votes), Zambia (100 votes) and Rwanda (90 votes).

In a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA), Qatar’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO, Dr Nasser bin Hamad Al Hanzab, expressed Qatar’s pride in joining the World Heritage Committee, emphasising that this choice confirms Qatar’s tireless efforts to promote progress in world heritage standards and awareness at the national and international levels.

He went on to say that it demonstrates Qatar’s position in preserving and protecting cultural heritage, as well as the its international reputation in UNESCO.

Al Hanzab stated that Qatar, through its membership and collaboration with member states, will strengthen the committee’s role in protecting world cultural heritage and collaborate to ensure the proper implementation of the World Heritage Convention, as well as the allocation of resources and effective protection mechanisms.

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