The sessions of the World Heritage Committee are always ranked among most prestigious global events taking place each year. This means the session is also a very demanding and highly complex logistical undertaking. Representatives of 21 State Parties, selected from among the 193 states who signed the World Heritage Convention on natural and cultural heritage conservation in 1972, are responsible for Convention implementation. They have at their disposal the resources of the World Heritage Fund and make decisions on inscribing sites onto the World Heritage List. The 2017 session was held in the ICE Congress Centre in Krakow.

The 2017 World Heritage Committee session was held in the ICE Congress Centre in Krakow on 2-12 July. This was the second time in the history of the organisation that Poland was selected as one of the Committee member states but it hosted the World Heritage Committee session for the first time. The World Heritage Committee is the main implementing agency for the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Heritage Convention.

You are welcome to learn more and read the case study on hosting the WHC session in ICE Krakow.

The 41st UNESCO World Heritage Committee session in ICE Krakow

Venue: ICE Congress Centre Krakow

Operated by: Krakow Festival Office

Organisers: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Ministry of the Interior and Administration, National Heritage Board of Poland, City of Krakow and Polish National Commission for UNESCO.

Coordination and executive organisation: National Heritage Board of Poland.

PCO: BERM and the Congress and Exhibition Centre

Date: 2 – 12 July, 2017

Number of participants: 2 500

Media contact

All journalists interested in the events organized in the ICE Kraków, please contact

Michał Zalewski
Media contact

Tel.: 0048 513 099 671 / 0048 12 354 23 20