In reaction to numerous inaccurate statements and errors circulating in the press about the situation of Hagia Sophia, UNESCO wishes to recall the following:

UNESCO's work is governed by the rigorous values and procedures established by the 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, ratified by 194 States. The World Heritage Committee, composed of 21 representatives of the States Parties to the Convention, is responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention. The results of the mission and the ongoing reviews will be submitted to the World Heritage Committee at its next session, scheduled for June/July 2021.