Cambodia has been allowed to enter the World’s Heritage Committee of UNESCO in an election held at the 17th meeting of 186-member states of 1972 convention on the world’s natural and cultural patrimony protection in Paris, France.
In a message written today by Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen to compatriots across the country, he said that it is another new pride as Cambodia was elected to become a member of the World’s Heritage Committee.
He said the new achievement gained was ascribed to the great efforts made by the royal government in its commitment to contributing to preserving the world’s and national cultural properties.
The Cambodian premier appreciated the both legislative bodies’ leaders, historic and cultural scholars, civil societies, and local and foreign media for making a contribution to a strategic process of the election.
Cambodia was elected as a member of the World’s Heritage Committee of UNESCO because the country has plenty of historic and cultural wealth, concrete and abstract, some of which were listed successively as the World’s Heritage such as royal classical dance, puppet theatre, Angkor surrounding area and Preah Vihea temple, he said, adding that the country has also the experience for managing and conserving the national and the world’s heritage and used not to be a member of the committee since 1951.
Cambodia being elected historically not only shows a big success in the cultural field, but also its diplomatic ability to explain and persuade other countries to be supported, he said, stressing that the glorious success made the reputation and the prestige of Cambodia higher and higher in the international arena.
In response to the confidence provided by the signatory countries to the 1972 convention, Cambodia should promote the international cooperation on heritage conservation and development, take opportunity to draw the experience of the World’s Heritage Committee of UNESCO and other international forums, and share the experience, he said.
The Cambodian premier also thanked His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni for his attention to all endeavors made by the Cambodian royal government since he was a representative of standing delegate of Cambodia to UNESCO in Paris