Conservationists call on UNESCO to shift World Heritage meeting to Paris
The Bob Brown Foundation has called on UNESCO to strip Russia of its role as chair and host of the World Heritage Committee in response to the invasion of Ukraine. The Committee’s meeting is scheduled for the Russian city of Kazan in late June, but the BBF said it should be shifted to Paris under the Director-General of UNESCO.
"Russia has forfeited the right to chair and host this year’s meeting of the World Heritage Committee," said Bob Brown Foundation spokesperson, Geoff Law. "President Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine violates UNESCO’s mission to foster peace through science, culture and education."
The World Heritage List is UNESCO’s flagship. Each year, the Committee meets to deliberate on the protection and management of over 1100 World Heritage properties that include the Tasmanian Wilderness and Great Barrier Reef. There are seven World Heritage properties in the Ukraine.
"With its despicable invasion of a neighbouring country, Russia has lost its legitimacy as a member of UNESCO and signatory of the World Heritage Convention," said Mr Law, who has attended seven meetings of the World Heritage Committee.
"It’s no longer appropriate for people who subscribe to the peaceable objectives of UNESCO to travel to a country whose leadership is carrying out an unprovoked war of aggression."