Maria Böhmer, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement today (23 September) on the appointment of Mechtild Rössler as Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris:
I offer Mechtild Rössler my heartfelt congratulations on her appointment as Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris and thank her predecessor Kishore Rao for his commitment over many years.
In Mechtild Rössler, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre will have a leader who is a renowned expert in her field and has worked for the protection of world natural and cultural heritage for 20 years.
She regards world heritage as an integral part of our history, our identity and our future. I realised that we share this view most recently during the 39th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Bonn. Together with Kishore Rao, she actively supported me in my role as President of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
The appointment of Mechtild Rössler is also a sign of appreciation for Germany’s contribution to the international protection of world heritage and cultural property.