The 45th session of the World Heritage Committee has been postponed. Hashtag: #45whc

Critics of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine called for the country to be stripped of hosting the 45th Session.

The event is notable for its adoption of new world heritage sites as well as the potential for delisting sites that are not fulfilling their commitments.

2022 is the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.

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Ukraine/Russia Headlines
Russian resignation will allow Unesco committee to resume work, source says – Guardian
Unesco indefinitely postpones planned world heritage meeting in Russia – Art Newspaper
Open letter to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, 7 April 2022 – UK
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sparks diplomatic battle at UNESCO
Lithuanian culture minister sees ‘no point’ in attending UNESCO session in Russia
Europa Nostra: 2022 Session of the World Heritage Committee cannot be chaired by Russia and cannot take place in Kazan
Nadine Dorries calls for Russia to be barred from hosting UN culture conference after Ukraine art destroyed
UNESCO World Heritage Committee to hold its 45th session in 2022 in Kazan
UNESCO bolsters protection for Ukrainian heritage under fire – UN


  • What hashtags will be used during this meeting?
  • Who is reporting on / tweeting about the event?
  • Where is the updated agenda?
  • What is the status of the Marketplace for World Heritage?
  • What country will host 46WHC?

Technical questions

  • Is there an agenda that shows times around the globe? (It can help remote participants with figuring out what happens when.)
  • Does the public have access to what’s on the screen? Slides, edited word document, announcements?
  • Will press conferences be streamed online and if so, will they accept questions from remote participants?
  • Are there shared Google docs?

Questions for the on-site participants

  • How does this meeting compare to similar events?
  • Are you touring or exploring the host country during your visit?

Questions for the IUCN

  • Is there overlap in these discussions and travel and tourism in protected areas? Are members of TAPAS contributing to or following the meeting?


 In view of the many questions being addressed to UNESCO concerning the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee scheduled to take place in Kazan (Russian Federation) from 19 to 30 June 2022, the procedural elements are hereby clarified:

  • The 194 States Parties to the World Heritage Convention are represented by 21 Member States elected in the General Assembly. These 21 Member States compose the World Heritage Committee.
  • As stipulated in the Rules of Procedure, the World Heritage Committee itself determines, at each session, the date and place of its next session.
  • As such, the decision by the Member States of the World Heritage Committee to hold the 45th session of the Committee in Kazan was taken at the 44th session of the Committee, in July 2021, following the invitation by the Russian Federation.
  • A change of location of the 45th session can be decided at this stage by the Member States of the World Heritage Committee in the governance bodies dedicated to this Committee.
  • This decision can thus be taken in two ways:
    1. either by the 21 Member States of the Committee, meeting in extraordinary session at the request of two-thirds of its members, who would take the decision by consensus or by a simple majority vote;
    2. or by the States members of the Bureau of the Committee who would take the decision at a dedicated meeting.
  • The list of States members of the World Heritage Committee and Bureau is available at the following link:

World Heritage Watch

World Heritage Watch: Russia can no longer chair the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. World Heritage Watch is following with horror the Russian assault on Ukraine, by which Russia leaves the circle of civilized states and negates its great culture and history.

World Heritage Watch hereby calls on the Russian rulers to spare the common heritage of humankind in Ukraine, as required by the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in Armed Conflicts. In 1954, this convention was the first to be adopted by UNESCO member states as a direct consequence of the devastations of World War II.The work of UNESCO is guided by the conclusions drawn from Germany’s breach of civilization and the attack on its neighbors:”Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.” (Preamble to the UNESCO Charter)With its war of aggression, Russia has lost all legitimacy to exercise functions in the context of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, and to host the meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Kazan in the summer of 2022, as originally planned. We demand that the World Heritage Committee meeting instead takes place under the Presidency of UNESCO at its headquarters in Paris.Today we stand with our Ukrainian friends who have been working to protect their cultural and natural heritage for years. We also stand with all our Russian friends who, out of deepest conviction, reject their country’s attack on a peaceful neighbor.

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