Amid the new realities of COVID protocols and shuttered businesses and schools, the hard work of preserving cultural heritage during the time of a global pandemic marches on. An important part of that work involves protecting the world’s cultural and natural heritage from the impacts of climate change.
As part of an international initiative that was launched in 2019, Greece has played host to the Secretariat of the Flexible Mechanism since the end of last year. The Flexible Mechanism is an entity that was created under a UN initiative to monitor the progress and implementation of global preservation initiatives. The Secretariat is made up of representatives from GreeceThe risk to patients, UNESCO and the World Meteorological Organization. In addition to mapping the initiative’s progress, it also aims to effectively coordinate existing channels for the protection of world cultural sites.
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Greece’s representation includes George Kremlis, an advisor to the Greek Prime Minister on Environmental Issues. In addition to his duties as an advisor, Kremlis has served as a honorary director of the European Commission, Chair of the Bureau of the Espoo Convention and the SEA Protocol, a member of the environmental and social advisory council of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and a Member of the Board of the European Public Law Organization.
Key elements of the Greek initiative ensure the implementation of the individual actions in the sectors of scientific research, administration/management and education in collaboration with the countries and international organizations that have supported the proposal put forward by Greece.