Riyadh – On the sidelines of the 45th extended session of the World Heritage Committee hosted by Saudi Arabia, the Minister of Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, held a meeting with the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay. The meeting took place on Sunday and focused on discussions regarding the preservation and protection of heritage.
The Minister of Culture warmly welcomed UNESCO’s Director-General to Riyadh and commended the organization’s efforts in safeguarding and conserving cultural heritage around the world. Prince Badr acknowledged the vital role played by UNESCO in preserving and protecting valuable heritage sites and expressed his appreciation for their dedication in this regard.
During the meeting, the Minister of Culture expressed Saudi Arabia’s keen interest in hosting the next UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development (MONDIACULT) scheduled for 2025. This demonstrates the Kingdom’s commitment to promoting cultural policies and sustainable development in line with UNESCO’s objectives.
The discussions also encompassed various aspects of cooperation between Saudi Arabia and UNESCO in preserving and protecting world heritage. Both parties reviewed ongoing projects and programs proposed by UNESCO, with the Minister of Culture affirming the Kingdom’s continued support for these initiatives.
Saudi Arabia has been actively engaged in preserving its rich cultural heritage and has undertaken significant efforts to protect and promote its historical sites. The Kingdom’s hosting of the 45th extended session of the World Heritage Committee serves as a testament to its commitment to heritage preservation.
The meeting between Prince Badr and Audrey Azoulay highlighted the mutual commitment of Saudi Arabia and UNESCO to work together in safeguarding and promoting cultural heritage. The Kingdom’s support for UNESCO’s projects and programs demonstrates its dedication to the preservation of cultural heritage not only within its borders but also on a global scale.
As Saudi Arabia continues to develop its cultural sector and invest in heritage preservation, collaborations with international organizations like UNESCO play a crucial role in promoting knowledge exchange, best practices, and sustainable development in the field of cultural heritage.
The meeting between the Minister of Culture and the Director-General of UNESCO further strengthens the partnership between Saudi Arabia and UNESCO and paves the way for future collaborations in preserving and protecting the world’s valuable cultural heritage.