INTERNATIONAL - As Notre Dame Cathedral burned on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his “horror” at the images of the fire, shown live around the world.
The UN chief said that his thoughts are with the people and government of France.
Audrey Azouley, head of UNESCO – the Paris-based UN agency for education, science and culture – also expressed her “deep emotion” on social media.
Ms. Azouley wrote that UNESCO is closely monitoring the situation and is standing by France’s side to “safeguard and restore this invaluable heritage.”
The organization elevated Notre-Dame, widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French gothic architecture, to world heritage status in 1991.