Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The World Heritage Committee will consider the inscription of 32
sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during its next session, from 16
to 27 June in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (Cambodia).
Media wishing to attend the meeting must register online. The
Committee’s debates, chaired by Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An,
will also be webcast*.
A press conference with the Chair of the World Heritage Committee,
the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and representatives of the
Committee’s advisory bodies (International Union for Conservation of
Nature, IUCN; International Council on Monuments and Sites, ICOMOS) will
be held at the venue of the session on Monday 17 June at 12.30 p.m.
The following nominations by States Parties to the World Heritage Convention will be examined:
Natural properties: Xinjiang Tianshan (China); Great Himalayan
National Park (India); Mount Etna (Italy). Mount Kenya-Lewa Wildlife
Conservancy (an extension of “Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest,
Kenya); El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve
(Mexico); Namib Sand Sea (Namibia); Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife
Sanctuary (Philippines); Tajik National Park (Mountains of the Pamirs)
(Tajikistan); Cat Tien National Park (Viet Nam).
Mixed Natural and Cultural Properties: Pimachiowin Aki (Canada),
Archipel des Bijagós – Motom Moranghajogo (Guinea Bissau); Sehlabathebe
National Park (Lesotho) (an extension of “uKhahlamba / Drakensberg
Park,” South Africa).
Cultural properties: Red Bay Basque Whaling Station (Canada);
Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces (China); Historic
Monuments and Sites in Kaesong (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea);
Levuka Historical Port Town (Fiji); Water features and Hercules within
the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe (Germany); Hill Forts of Rajasthan (India);
Golestan Palace (Islamic Republic of Iran); Cultural Landscape of
Maymand (Islamic Republic of Iran); Medici Villas and Gardens (Italy);
Fujisan (Japan); Town and Castle of Vianden (Luxembourg); Isandra Zoma
(Madagascar); Agadez (Historic Centre of Agadez), (Niger); Wieliczka and
Bochnia Royal Salt Mines (extension of “Wieliczka Salt Mine”, Poland),
Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine (Poland /
Ukraine); University of Coimbra – Alta and Sofia (Portugal); Al Zubarah
Archaeological Site (Qatar); Bolgar Historical and Archaeological
Complex (Russian Federation); Historic city of Alanya (Turkey); Ancient
City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora (5th century BC – 14th century
Five of the above sites had already been considered for inscription
in the past: Hill Forts of Rajasthan, (India); Al Zubarah Archaeological
Site, (Qatar); Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong, (Democratic
People’s Republic of Korea); Bolgar Historical and Archaeological
Complex, (Russian Federation); Tajik National Park, (Tajikistan).
Three of the nominations to be debated are extensions to existing World Heritage sites.
They include the recommendations of the World Heritage Committee’s
advisory bodies: IUCN for natural sites and 8B2add. ICOMOS for cultural
sites and 8B1Add.
Another important item on the agenda of the Committee will concern
the review of the state of conservation of World Heritage sites (see
also 7B.Add and 7B.Corr). Information about the state of conservation of
sites inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger and add.