Xinhua | 2013-6-24
The UNESCO's World Heritage Committee had inscribed two Chinese
properties and 17 other places around the globe on its prestigious World
Heritage List during its 37th annual session here, bringing the total
number of world heritage sites to 981.
The sites are recognized by the UNESCO for its exceptional beauty or
cultural value. Italy's Medici Villas and Gardens were the latest site
added to the World Heritage List by the committee during the session on
The China's newly-listed sites are Xinjiang Tianshan natural property and Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces.
The other listed sites included Italy's Mount Etna, Mexico's El
Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, Namibia' s Namib
Sand Sea, Tajikistan's Tajik National Park, Canada's Red Bay Basque
Whaling Station, Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong of the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Fiji's Levuka Historical Port
Town, India's Hill Forts of Rajasthan, Iran's Golestan Palace, Ukraine's
Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese, Japan's Fujisan, Niger's Historic
Centre of Agadez, Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and
Ukraine, Portugal' s University of Coimbra, Qatar's Al Zubarah
Archaeological Site, and Germany's Bergpark Wilhelmshoehe.
The 37th session of the World Heritage Committee was held in Phnom Penh on June 16 and will close in Angkor on June 27.
During the session, besides new site inscription, the 21-member
committee had added six World Heritage sites in Syria on the List of
World Heritage in Danger due to the country's civil war that caused
heavy damage to the sites.
The six sites in Syria are Ancient City of Damascus, Ancient city of
Bosra, Site of Palmyra, Ancient City of Aleppo, Crac des Chevaliers and
Qal'at Salah El-Din, and Ancient Villages of Northern Syria.
Moreover, the committee placed the World Heritage site of East
Rennell in Solomon Islands to the List of World Heritage in Danger due
to logging that is affecting the ecosystem of the site, while the World
Heritage site of Bam and its Cultural Landscape in Iran, struck by a
major earthquake, were removed from the List of World Heritage in
Ek Tha, a spokesman for the 37th session of the World Heritage
Committee, said that all discussions during the session had been made in
a frank manner and friendly atmosphere.
"Cambodia is very proud to chair this UN committee smoothly and
professionally," he told Xinhua on Sunday. "Through this milestone
event, Cambodia will be more known to the outside world -- as we all
know over 1,460 delegates from 128 countries have joined this meeting."
He also lauded China for its two wonderful sites being inscribed on the prestigious list during the session.
Speaking during the session on Sunday, Cambodian Deputy Prime
Minister Sok An, Chairman of the 37th WHC session, said that Qatar will
host the 38th WHC session next year.