Argentina has been elected Member of the World Heritage Committee – a body he has been absent since 2005- In the elections that took place on Thursday, within the framework of the 23rd Assembly of States Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the World, Natural and Cultural Heritage, which is being held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, where Marcela Lusardo She became a permanent ambassador for the organization.
This commission, established in 1972, is made up of 24 member states. its composition It seeks to ensure a balanced representation of the different regions and cultures of the world. Among its functions are the periodic updating of the “World Heritage List”, the “List of World Heritage in Danger”, as well as the analysis of international assistance requests for natural and cultural property from States Parties.
The inclusion of a site in the World Heritage List means international recognition and a great responsibility of the State Party, which must ensure the necessary legal protection and an appropriate management plan to preserve its outstanding universal value for future generations.
Argentina currently has eleven sites inscribed on the World Heritage List: Los Glaciares National Park (Santa Cruz, 1981); Jesuit missions of Guarani (Argentina and Brazil binational, 1984); Iguazu National Park (Mission, 1984); Valdes Peninsula (Chubut, 1999); Cave of the Hands, Pentoras River (Santa Cruz, 1999); Ischigualasto and Talampaya Nature Parks (San Juan/La Rioja, 2000); Block and Jesuit Estancias (Cordoba, 2000); Humahuaca (Gogoi, 2003); Qhapaq Ñan – Sistema vial andino (Jujuy, Salta, Catamarca, La Rioja, San Juan, Mendoza and Tucuman – Argentina – Bolivia – Chile – Colombia – Ecuador – Peru, 2014); Le Corbusier’s Architectural Works – An Exceptional Contribution to the Modern Movement (Buenos Aires – multinational Argentina, Germany, Belgium, France, India, Japan, Switzerland, 2016) and Los Alerces National Park (Chubut, 2017).
Meanwhile, yesterday the former Minister of Justice, Marcela Lusardo, presented to the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Audrey Azoulay, her credentials as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Argentina to the Organization.
During the meeting, Losardo and Azoulay discussed the organization’s role in combating terrorism Social inequality, the response to the climate emergency and the prominent role of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Committee (IOC), Headed by an Argentine man, the need to ensure equitable access to digital tools and to ensure quality education throughout their lives for all girls, women and diversity.
In addition, Director-General of UNESCO He referred to the training program for judges that the organization has been promoting, which is in line with Lusardo’s role in the key role of information and communication.
Both highlighted the critical importance of Education as a comprehensive and transformative toolAs well as the importance of measures to ensure gender equality.
Losardo ratified Argentina’s commitment to open science and The fight to make COVID-19 vaccines a global public good. UNESCO is deeply committed to this cause and, since the beginning of the pandemic, has mobilized Member States to promote open science and strengthen international cooperation.