Dear members of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee!
On behalf of the Russian delegation I would like to thank sincerely all the members of the Committee for the support of the candidature of Saint-Petersburg in hosting the 36th session of the World Heritage Committee in 2012.
We will be glad to welcome all of you in Saint-Petersburg, the city with rich history which is rightfully considered as the cultural capital of Russia and which was the official capital of the Russian empire for 300 years.
The historical center of Saint-Petersburg and its complex of monuments are included in UNESCO World Heritage List.
There are more than 70 theaters, more than 200 museums and their branches in the neighborhood city. People from different countries representing various generations admire its beauty and greatness. The city has more than 79 twin cities around the world.
We would like to show you a short video tour of this wonderful city and we do hope that after our intense work at this session you will enjoy the beauty of Saint-Petersburg.
We appreciate once again your choice and we shall do our best for the successful organization of the 36th session of the Committee in the city of “white nights”.
Thank you very much for your attention.