ía Jesús San Segundo



Welcome to Seville 2009

The World Heritage Committee is set to meet in Spain for the first time in the 1972 Convention's history this coming June. Seville, Andalusia and Spain are ready to welcome all those taking part in the Committee's thirty-third meeting.

The Ministry of Culture of the Spanish Government is working intensively, together with the Government of Andalusia and the Seville Town Council to ensure the smooth development of sessions. They are also endeavouring to complete the necessary meeting documents, both those of our advising bodies (ICOMOS, IUCN and ICCROM) as well as our Secretariat, the World Heritage Centre. Their work and the work of the delegations of the countries taking part shall make an intense and productive session a reality, bringing forward momentum to the great work developed by the 1972 Convention.

At UNESCO, the World Cultural and Natural Heritage Convention is often cited as an example of effective multilateralism and the Heritage Centre is known as the Organisation's flagship. My country shares this opinion and the high esteem for the work developed to identify, share and preserve this World Heritage that we must pass on to new generations. We hope that decades to come will see constant progress of the Convention in the world over.

Dear colleagues, the capital of Andalusia is famous in Spain for its hospitality, and I am sure it will live up to your expectations in June. I encourage you to enjoy its monuments and museums, savour its delicious cuisine and wander through its narrow streets under the spell of a Spanish guitar or Flamenco music. It is easy to understand why Seville was nominated City of Music within the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Our hosts shall organise visits to the buildings and World Heritage Sites in Seville and Andalusia and offer information on other sites in Spain. -I hope you enjoy yourselves.

My very best wishes for your meeting in Seville, and your stay in my country.


María Jesús San Segundo
Ambassador of Spain to Unesco
Chair, World Heritage Committee



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