The extended 44th Session of the World Heritage Committee kicked off in Fuzhou, Fujian Province on July 16th, 2021 at 7p.m. This session is the highest-level international meeting in the world heritage sector held by China for the second time after the first time 17 years ago.
This Committee will examine world heritage projects in both 2020 and 2021, including a total of 45 new entries for the World Heritage List and 258 reports on the state of conservation of the sites already inscribed on the list. The World Heritage List is supposed to add important updates. Meantime, the session will also focus on various challenges and risks in the world heritage protection; reach new consensus and raise new initiatives in coping with future challenges, realizing the goals in Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage as well as the balance and sustainable development of the world heritage.
During the session, various supporting activities and side events will be held, including the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum and World Heritage Site Managers Forum hosted by China and UNESCO, as well as 8 side events held by China. The session will last till July 31, 2021.