Cuba: Member of UNESCO World Heritage Committee

Havana, Cuba, Nov 19.- Cuba was elected member of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, which examines the state of conservation of sites on the World Heritage List.

With a total of 128 votes in favor, the island was the country that achieved the highest number of votes for free competition positions, Cubasi reported on Thursday.

In this way, Cuba will occupy until 2019 one of the 21 seats of the Committee, which also has the power to decide whether to register new sites or not as well as their registration or withdrawal from the List World Heritage in Danger.

Along with Peru and Jamaica, members elected in 2013, Cuba will represent Latin America and the Caribbean.

With nine places declared World Heritage Sites, Cuba is the country with most entries in the Caribbean region and the fifth in Latin America.

Cuba ratified in 1981 the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, being consistent with the policy promoted by the State to favor the identification, protection and spreading of the nation’s cultural heritage in its broadest sense.

Voting took place within the context of the 20th Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention of the Organization, which will run until November 20.(acn)

Radio Cadena Agramonte, November 19, 2015

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