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New World Heritage Sites to be inscribed

The World Heritage Committee will consider thirty-seven new sites for inscription on the World Heritage List during its next annual meeting. The 30th session of the World Heritage Committee will take place from 8-16 July in Vilnius, Lithuania.
This year, the Committee will review 27 cultural, nine natural and two mixed sites presented by 30 countries: Azerbaijan, Austria, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Israel, Italy, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Oman, Poland, Senegal, Spain, Syrian Arab Republic, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania. Three out of the thirty-eight sites are transboundary.

The Committee will also examine the extension of three sites already inscribed in: Nepal, Serbia and Sweden.

In addition, the Committee will review the 34 sites currently on the List of World Heritage in Danger. These are sites that face serious threat from a variety of causes such as pollution, pillaging, war, poorly managed tourism, poaching etc.

The Convention encourages international cooperation in order to safeguard this common heritage. With 182 States Parties, it is one of the most widely ratified international legal instruments. By signing the Convention, States Parties commit to preserving sites on the World Heritage List, as well as sites of national and regional importance, notably by providing an appropriate legal and regulatory framework.

The World Heritage Committee, responsible for the implementation of the 1972 Convention, is comprised of representatives of 21 countries elected by the States Parties for up to six years.

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Publication Date 03-07-2006 3:00 pm
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Publication Date 03-07-2006 3:00 pm
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