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The World Heritage Committee begins its extended 45th session

Monday, 11 September 2023 at 9:22
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The extended 45th session of the World Heritage Committee opens this Monday in Riyadh (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). Fifty sites will be examined for inscription on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Press conference

On Monday 11 September at 1.30pm (local time UTC+3), UNESCO and the Saudi authorities will hold a press conference to present the work ahead of the Committee. Registration is compulsory via this link (interpretation only available in English).

The broadcast and replays can be found on this page. To use the images, please attribute them to © UNESCO.

A WhatsApp group will be used during the Committee session to keep journalists up to date with live updates. Click here for access.

All the latest information on the Committee will be available here.

Provisional schedule of the Committee's work

  • Monday 11 September: Start of the Committee's work
  • Tuesday 12 September: Start of the assessment of the state of conservation of sites already on the World Heritage List (Item 7 of the documents)
  • 12 and 13 September: Sites already inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger (55 dossiers, Item 7A of the documents)
  • 14 to 16 September morning: Sites already inscribed on the World Heritage List (263 files, Item 7B of the documents)
  • Saturday 16 September morning to Wednesday 20 September: Evaluation of nominations (50 dossiers, Item 8B of the documents).
  • Sunday 24 September: Decision on the venue and dates of the next Committee session
  • Monday 25 September: Official closing of the Committee

The Committee will meet each day from 10am to 1pm, then from 3pm to 6pm (local time UTC+3).

Session documents are available on this page.

More information

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Official website of the event (Saudi Arabia)

Press contacts 

In Riyadh: Thomas Mallard, t.mallard@unesco.org  +33 7 77 38 73 88
In Paris: Lucía Iglesias Kuntz: l.iglesias@unesco.org  +33 1 45 68 17 02

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