UN shows solidarity with France and promises help to restore Notre-Dame de Paris

epa07042380 United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the media after his meeting with President Jean-Claude Juncker (not pictured) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 23 September 2018. EPA / JASON SZENES

The President of the General Assembly and the Director-General of Unesco published messages of solidarity. The building has been listed as World Heritage since 1991

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday he was "horrified by the images of the fire that devastated the Notre-Dame de Paris."

In a message published on Twitter, Guterres stated that the cathedral is "a unique jewel of world heritage that has reigned over Paris since the 14th century." The Secretary-General of the United Nations added that his "thoughts are with the French people and the government."

The Geral-Director of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) said that the agency is "closely monitoring the situation." Unesco will send a team to assess the damage to the Notre-Dame de Paris.

The head of Unesco recalled that the cathedral was classified as World Heritage in 1991. Audrey Azoulay said the agency "will help France save and restore this legacy of incalculable value."

In a message posted on Twitter, Audrey Azoulay said she felt a "deep emotion" when she saw the images of the fire.