Mexico was elected to become part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee, by resulting elected, along with other 10 countries, by the vote of 186 Party States during the 17th Session of the General Assembly celebrated in Paris, France.

In words of Francisco Lopez Morales, National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) World Heritage director, and who will act as Mexico representative, expressed that this election is an acknowledgement to militancy and results achieved by our country regarding protection of cultural heritage, being a position that entails great responsibility.

Along with Mexico, in this 17th General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention were elected South Africa, Cambodia, United Arab Emirates, Estonia, Ethiopia, Russian Federation, France, Mali, Iraq, Switzerland and Thailand, serving during 4 years.

These 12 nations replace State Parties that finished their mandates: Australia, Bahrain, China, Egypt, Jordan, Nigeria, Sweden, Brazil and Barbados, which add up to 9 that remain part of the committee.

The Committee gathers once a year to discuss the conservation state of sites included in the World Heritage List and to add new goods to it. It also analyses cases that may be added to the List of World Heritage in Danger. The next session of the committee will take place in Brasilia, Brazil, from July 25th to August 3rd 2010.