Protecting world heritage

­Eleonora Mitrofanova – Chairperson, UNESCO Executive Board

St. Petersburg is hosting a historical session of the UNECSCO World Heritage Committee these days. The controversy of the meeting is all about the Palestinian’s quest to get the Bethlehem Church of the Nativity into the prestigious World Heritage list. Last year, UNESCO recognized Palestine as member state, provoking ire of Israel and the U.S. And now, is it going to let the tension grow? What are the chances of the Church of the Nativity? And – apart from the controversy – what is the UN Cultural body preparing for us this time? We’re asking the UNESCO Executive board chairperson Eleonora Mitrofanova.