44th session of UNESCO World Heritage Committee begins

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2021 07 16

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Today marks the start of the 44th assembly session of UNESCO World Heritage Committee, whose aim is to review the heritage site assessment and periodical reports presented by the countries and to decide on the inclusion of the sites nominated by the member states in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

According to the head of Lithuania’s delegation, the Vice-Minister of Culture Rimantas Mikaitis, inclusion of Lithuania’s heritage sites in the UNESCO World Heritage List not only ensures that heritage which is highly important to Lithuania and the world is preserved for the future generations, but also draws the attention of the entire international community and promotes tourism as well as interest in our country and its history.

For this year’s assembly, Lithuania’s delegation has been joined by representatives of Kaunas City Municipality. Lithuania has submitted the nomination of the Kaunas modernist architecture, “Kaunas 1919–1939: the Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement”, to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

It is hoped that the decision on the inclusion of Kaunas modernist architecture in the UNESCO World Heritage List will be made during the next year’s assembly. This would be Lithuania’s fifth site protected by UNESCO.

The assembly will continue until the 31st of July. Its sessions can be watched online without pre-registration.

More information about this year’s assembly.

More information about UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lithuania.

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