UNESCO will deploy new measures to protect Ukrainian cultural heritage, particularly in Odesa and Lviv
At a meeting with UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay at the Organization’s Headquarters, Oleksandr Tkachenko, Ukrainian Minister of Culture and Information, announced that his country would request the inscription of Odesa on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. For its part, the Organization will deploy new measures to protect Ukrainian cultural heritage, particularly in Odesa and L’viv, the UN’s cultural agency said in the statement.
Oleksandr Tkachenko announced Ukraine’s decision to submit the nomination of the Historic Centre of Odesa for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Nationally recognized and protected, this site is located only a few dozen kilometers from the front line and has already been struck by artillery fire. On July 24, 2022, part of the large glass roof and windows of Odesa’s Museum of Fine Arts, inaugurated in 1899, were destroyed.
At the request of Ukraine, UNESCO has already mobilized international experts to provide technical support to the country so that this nomination can be examined urgently by the Member States sitting on the World Heritage Committee, with a view of inscribing it on the World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger.
The World Heritage Committee will also be recommended to add UNESCO’s World Heritage sites of Kyiv and Lviv, which are also under threat, to the List of World Heritage in Danger.