Saudi Arabia has been elected to UNESCO’s as Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee for the first time, after UN members elected the Kingdom during a meeting held in Paris.
Member states of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) elected Saudi Arabia as a member during the 8th General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage held in Paris.
In presence of representatives of 178 countries, Saudi Arabia's delegation to the meeting was headed by Princess Haifa bint Abdulaziz Al Muqrin, the Kingdom's Permanent Representative to the UNESCO.
One of 7 items inscribed on @UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2017: Al-Qatt Al-Asiri features geometric designs and bright patterns in an interior decorative art passed down by women for generations, in the Asir Region of #SaudiArabia. Discover the others below! https://t.co/eF3vZ6ZhyO pic.twitter.com/2mxrYtPaoo— KSA Mission UNESCO (@KSAForUNESCO) September 10, 2020
“The Kingdom enjoys an enormous stock of intangible cultural heritage in various villages, cities and regions. We will work in the Ministry of Culture through the Heritage Authority to preserve and develop this rich national heritage and support practitioners of it in all their specialties,” said Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan.
Prince Badr disclosed that the Kingdom's membership in three basic committees at UNESCO reflects the Saudi leading presence in the fields of science, culture and arts in the world and asserts the comprehensive renaissance of the Saudi culture in light of the Saudi Vision 2030.