Press Release
Note No. 5997

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Note to Correspondents





A photographic exhibition showcasing Mexico’s renowned World Heritage Sites, as recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will open with a reception on Friday, 24 February, at 6 p.m. in the North-East Gallery of the General Assembly Visitors’ Lobby.

Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, will formally open the exhibit.  He will be joined by Magdalena Carral, Chief Executive Officer of the Mexico Tourism Board, and a representative of UNESCO.

This travelling exhibit will display photographs of the 25 sites recognized by UNESCO in Mexico.  Featured sites in the exhibit include the archaeological zone of Monte Albán ( Oaxaca); the pre-Hispanic cities of Teotihuacan (State of Mexico), Xochimilco ( Mexico City), Sian Ka’an (Quintana Roo) and Tajin ( Veracruz); the historic fortified city of Campeche ( Campeche); the whale sanctuary of El Vizcaíno (Baja California Sur); and the Luis Barragán house and studio ( Mexico City) among many others.

The images included in the exhibit were taken by independent travel photographers Ignacio Guevara, Alberto Moreno, Oscar Alvarez, Carlos Sanchez Pereyra, Claudio Contreras Koob and Rafael Doniz.  All photographers are of Mexican descent except for Oscar Alvarez, who is from Spain.

The 1972 UNESCO Convention concerning the Protection of the World’s Cultural and Natural Heritage is one of the most effective international heritage conservation instruments.  It aims to preserve the creative works of human genius of “outstanding universal value”, as well as sites of natural value, high biological diversity and natural beauty.  In the Americas, Mexico is the country with the most sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.  This distinction gives Mexico a special responsibility to protect its World Heritage sites for future generations.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations and the Mexico Tourism Board, in collaboration with UNESCO and the United Nations Department of Public Information.  For a full list of Mexico’s World Heritage Sites, visit http://whc.unesco.org or http://www.visitmexico.com.

For more information on United Nations exhibitions, call Jan Arnesen, tel.:  (212) 963-8531; or Liza Wichmann, tel.:  (212) 963-0089.

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