Statement on the Impossibility of Holding the Next World Heritage Committee in Russia or Under the Russian Presidency

On 7 April 2022, the United States and 45 other countries who are party to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention agreed publicly that it was impossible for the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee to be held either in Kazan or under the Russian presidency.

They have written an open letter to the members of the World Heritage Committee, stating that they would not attend a meeting of the Committee either in Russia or under the Russian presidency while it is destroying “outstanding universal value” in Ukraine.

Read the letter here.

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