The 2017 UNESCO Committee session will take place in ICE Kraków!
The session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in 2017 will take place in Krakow. The decision was made during the meeting of the Committee in Instanbul. In 2017, approximately a thousand candidates from 190 countries will participate in the debate at the ICE Kraków Congress Centre.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage organised the efforts to have the Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee organised in Poland. In the competition for the session organisation Krakow managed to best Vietnam.
It is worth mentioning that the advantage that won the competition for Krakow is the central location of our city, as well as the well-developing Krakow Airport, offering many connections in all directions. One of the deciding arguments supporting Krakow was the exceptional venue, in which the meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will take place - ICE Kraków Congress Centre.
The decision regarding the organisation of the session in one of the first twelve places entered into the World Heritage List was made during the 40th session in Istanbul, on the final day of the debate, which was cut short due to the unrest connected with the unsuccessful military coup d’état in Turkey.
The debate will be continued in October this year in Paris, where the UNESCO main headquarters is located. At the same time, the Polish representative will assume the prestigious role of the president of the World Heritage Committee, whose candidature was unequivocally approved by delegates gathered in Istanbul. The representative is Professor Jacek Purchla, president of the Polish Committee for UNESCO, an outstanding expert in the field of protection and preservation of cultural heritage, creator and long-time director of the International Culture Centre in Krakow.
Entrusting Poland with the leadership and organisation of this important UNESCO session, deciding on the protection of the most valuable monuments of culture and nature in the world is an expression of international appreciation of our contribution to saving and preservation of the heritage, according to the criteria of the UNESCO Convention of 1972 for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
Krakow, famous in the world as a European medieval city, was entered into the World Heritage List in 1978.