Appointed on Monday, December 6 by Unesco Director General Audrey Azoulay, Lazare Eloundou Assomo, a Cameroonian national, is is the fifth director of the center and the first African to hold this position. He replaces Mechtild Rössler, who retired on September 30, 2021. Lazare Eloundou Assomo will assume his duties as Director of the World Heritage Centre in early January 2022.
There are currently 1154 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 167 countries. Of these sites, 43 are transboundary, 52 are considered to be in danger, 897 are cultural sites, 218 are natural sites and 39 are mixed . . .
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