Baku, July 3, AZERTAC
The 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has formally opened in the southern city of Kraków with about 1,000 people and top government officials, according to thenews.pl. The event was attended by President of Poland Andrzej Duda and UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova. The meeting will run through July 12 and debate contentious issues like Palestinian motion to deny Israel sovereignty over Jerusalem and the level of protection Poland gives its pristine Bialowieza forest.
Delegates from the committees 21 member countries as well as from more than 100 other countries party to the world heritage convention will be in Kraków until 12 July. Among 34 applications this year, one is for a Polish silver, lead and zinc mine with an underground water management system located in Tarnowskie Góry in the country’s south. If successful, it will be the 15th World Heritage-listed site in Poland.