Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy announced on Wednesday his country’s election as a member of the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Ersoy said in a blog post on the “X” platform: “We have good news! Turkey has been elected as a member of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.”
He explained that Turkey became a member of the committee through the vote that took place at the session of the “Twenty-Fourth General Assembly of States Parties” held on Wednesday in the French capital, Paris.
He added, “During Turkey’s membership, which will last four years, it will have a say, along with other members of the World Heritage Committee, in the decision-making process regarding candidates for inclusion in the World Heritage List.”
The minister pointed out that Turkey was also a member of the World Heritage Committee in the periods 1983-1989 and 2013-2017.
On the other hand, a statement issued by the Turkish Ministry of Culture stated that Turkey received the highest votes during the elections held at the twenty-fourth session of the General Assembly of States Parties to the Convention relating to the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, which was held in Paris on November 22 and 23.
Turkey received 137 votes, winning membership in the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for the period 2023-2027.
The statement added that Turkey aims to share its experience and knowledge in managing and protecting 21 World Heritage sites representing all civilizations that have existed in Anatolia since the Neolithic Age with the international plan as a member of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO.