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24 New Sites inscribed on World Heritage List
Editorial Contact: Sophie Boukhari, Bureau of Public Information, Editorial Section - Tel. : +33(0)1 45 68 17 03 - Email
Audiovisual Contact: Carole Darmouni, tel.: +33 (0)1 45 68 17 38 - A B-roll is available at the same number - Email

03-07-2003 8:00 pm Twenty-four sites were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, including, for the first time, sites in Gambia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Sudan. The inscriptions were carried out by the World Heritage Committee, which has been holding its 27th session, under the chair of Vera Lacoeuilhe (Sainte-Lucie) at UNESCO Headquarters since June 30. The World Heritage List now numbers 754 sites, including 149 natural, and 582 cultural and 23 mixed sites “of outstanding universal value”. The new natural sites are: Purnululu National Park, Australia; Three parallel rivers of Yunnan protected areas, China; Uvs Nuur Basin, Russian Federation / Mongolia; Monte San Giorgio, Switzerland; and Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam.

The new cultural sites are: The cultural landscape and archaeological remains of the Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan; Quebrada de Humahuaca, Argentina; Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaiso, Chile; The Jewish Quarter and St Procopius' Basilica in Trebic, Czech Republic; James Island and Related Sites, Gambia; Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, India; Takht-e Soleyman, Iran; Ashur (Qala’at Sherqat), Iraq; The White City of Tel-Aviv – the Modern Movement, Israel; Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy, Italy; The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, Kazakhstan; Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro, Mexico; Wooden Churches of Southern Little Poland, Poland; Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent, Russian Federation; Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, South Africa; Ubeda-Baeza: Urban duality, cultural unity, Spain; Gebel Barkal and the Sites of the Napatan Region, Sudan; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom; Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe.

The Committee also extended one natural site and two cultural sites, all already inscribed: Central Amazon Conservation Complex, Brazil; Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, China; Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and the Historic District of Panamá, Panama.

World Heritage Center Site

Source Press Release No.2003-40

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