Everything ready to travel to Riyadh

Sep 14, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The Menorcan delegation is finalizing preparations to travel to Saudi Arabia to participate in the 45th World Heritage Committee, where the inscription of Menorca Talayotic to the UNESCO World Heritage List is expected to be made official.

Led by the president of the Consell Insular de Menorca, Adolfo Vilafranca, the Menorcan delegation will begin its journey to participate in the 45th World Heritage Committee on September 15 via Barcelona and Doha, to arrive in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) on the night of September 16. Once the possible inscription of Menorca to the UNESCO World Heritage List has materialized, on September 20th they will start the return trip to the island on September 21st.

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Travel to Riyadh

Vilafranca will be accompanied by the second vice president and councillor of Environment, Simón Gornés; the councillor of Culture, Joan Pons Torres, in addition to Cipriano Marín, who since 2017 has coordinated the team in charge of reformulating the candidacy of Menorca Talayotic. The president of the
The government of the Balearic Islands, Margalida Prohens, will also be present at the Committee.

With the work to achieve the inscription already completed, the fundamental role of the delegations of the Consell and the Balearic Government will be that of institutional representation and participation in the 45th World Heritage Committee.

At the same time, the Menorcan delegation will establish contacts with other delegations to make known the Talayotic Menorca in other countries for the future exchange of knowledge and experiences with places that have world heritage sites with characteristics and problems similar to those of Menorca.

“We go to Riyadh with the conviction of having done a job well done from the Consell and with the feeling that decisive days are approaching for a project, that of Talayotic Menorca, which has been developed over more than a decade from consensus and illusion”, explains the president of the Consell Insular de Menorca, Adolfo Vilafranca.

Inscription on the World Heritage List
The Committee is already underway since September 10 and will continue until the 25th of this month. From the 16th, the Committee will begin examining nominations for inscription on the World Heritage List.
nominations for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List, starting with the nominations that could not be examined last year, such as that of Menorca.

You can consult the complete list here: https://ury1.com/oSzFt

The discussion of nominations for inscription on the World Heritage List begins on September 16 at 4:30 p.m. and lasts until September 20.
September 20th. It is not possible to know exactly when it will be Menorca’s turn; the official nomination may take place between September 17 and 19. The
sessions start at 10 a.m. and end at 6 p.m., with a 2-hour lunch break (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.).

The order of discussion of the nominations starts with the 2022 nominations and then continues with the 2023 nominations. They are in alphabetical order (in English) of the nominating state parties. In any case, the sessions can be followed live on the UNESCO World Heritage website (https://www.unesco.org/es/world-heritage/committee-2023?hub=68246) in English, French and Arabic.

Functioning of the World Heritage
The World Heritage Committee is composed of 21 members representing the States Parties, which rotate every 2-4 years. The states that make up the current Committee are Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand and Zambia.

All these states have the right to vote on decisions. The decision to inscribe on the World Heritage List is put to a vote, or the chairperson of the session may call for a favorable decision by general assent without a vote.

Only state delegations may be present at the plenary session of the World Heritage Committee. The rest of the guests, including the Balearic delegation, will be in the audience, except during the time when the inscription is being discussed.