The United Nations Educational，Scientific，and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Hangzhou Affairs Office was opened on May 18. This is the UNESCO’s first affairs office in China and it has something to do with the city’s efforts to include the Grand Canel and Laingzhu in World Heritage Site list.
The World Heritage Committee under the UNESCO is in charge of implementing the “Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.” The Committee’s annual meeting decides which sites will be included in World Heritage Site list and it provides guidance to the World Heritage sites on protection work.
The office is a standing body for the UNESCO to connect with Hangzhou and introduces European cultures, said Wu Zhong, project consultant of the UNESCO.
Wu spoke highly of the city’s efforts to make the Grand Canal and Liangzhu become World Heritage sites. The office will get involved in the protection of nature, culture and landscape in Asia Pacific.
Next month, the 38th World Heritage Convention in Qatar will decide whether the Grand Canal will be included in the list.
Wu is very optimistic about that, “the Grand Canal is a massive water project and it is amazingly intact after over 1,000 years.”
Source: Hangzhou Government