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India Will Host UNESCO's World Heritage Committee For The First Time

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India has been selected for the first time to chair and host the 46th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. Vishal V Verma, India's permanent representative to UNESCO, has given this information.

  • The 46th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will be held in New Delhi between 21 and 31 July 2024.

World Heritage Committee:

  • The World Heritage Committee selects sites that can be listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • The World Heritage Committee currently consists of 21 countries.
  • Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Qatar, South Korea, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, Turkey, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zambia


  • The full name of UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
  • The Constitution of UNESCO came into force on 4 November 1946.
  • The first General Conference session of UNESCO was held in Paris, the capital of France, between 19 November and 10 December 1946, in which 30 countries participated.
  • It was established on 16 November 1945.
  • Its headquarters is located in Paris, the capital of France.
  • UNESCO has 21 national offices and 27 cluster offices.
  • It currently includes about 195 member countries and 8 associate member countries.
  • Current – Director-General Audrey Azoulay
  • Objective: To promote global peace and well-being through education, scientific cooperation, cultural understanding and exchange.

Major functions of UNESCO:

  • Protection of world heritage sites, education, science and climate change, protection of cultural human rights, development of science, computing, communication and cultural aspects etc.
  • UNESCO cooperates with member countries and supports various programmes, initiatives, campaigns and organisations to advance the welfare of the world's people.

Special facts related to UNESCO:

  • India became a member country of UNESCO in 1946. UNESCO has two offices in India.
  • UNESCO has protected 42 World Heritage Sites in India.
  • The first World Heritage Site included in UNESCO was Ecuador's Galapagos Islands.
  • The first President of UNESCO was Julian Huxley (from Great Britain).
  • UNESCO's General Assembly is held every two years.


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