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Committee Decisions

37 COM 8E

Adoption of retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Documents WHC-13/37.COM/8E and WHC-13/37.COM/8E.Add,

2.  Congratulates States Parties for the excellent work accomplished in the elaboration of retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value for World Heritage properties in their territories;

3.  Adopts the retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value, as presented in the Annex of Document WHC-13/37.COM/8E, for the following World Heritage properties:

  • Andorra: Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley;
  • Argentina: Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas; Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba; Quebrada de Humahuaca; Iguazu National Park;
  • Australia: Shark Bay, Western Australia; Greater Blue Mountains Area; Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens; Willandra Lakes Region; Kakadu National Park;
  • Austria / Hungary: Fertö / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape;
  • Bangladesh: The Sundarbans; Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur;
  • Belgium : La Grand-Place, Brussels;
  • Belgium / France: Belfries of Belgium and France;
  • Bolivia: Fuerte de Samaipata; Tiwanaku: Spiritual and Political Centre of the Tiwanaku Culture; Historic City of Sucre; Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos;
  • Brazil: Serra da Capivara National Park;
  • Chile: Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works; Rapa Nui National Park; Churches of Chiloé; Sewell Mining Town; Historic quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaiso;
  • China: Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area; Mount Huangshan; Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde; Ancient City of Ping Yao; Classical Gardens of Suzhou; Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing; Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun; Longmen Grottoes; Yungang Grottoes; Yin Xu; Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties; Historic center of Macao; Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor;
  • Colombia: Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena; Historic Centre of Santa Cruz de Mompox; San Agustín Archaeological Park; National Archeological Park of Tierradentro;
  • Costa Rica: Area de Conservación Guanacaste;
  • Cuba: Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios; Desembarco del Granma National Park; Alejandro de Humboldt National Park; Old Havana;
  • Cyprus: Choirokoitia; Painted Churches in the Troodos Region;
  • Denmark: Kronborg Castle;
  • Ecuador: City of Quito; Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca; Galápagos Islands;
  • El Salvador: Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site;
  • Ethiopia: Aksum; Fasil Ghebbi;
  • Finland / Sweden: High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago;
  • Guatemala: Archeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua; Antigua Guatemala;
  • Germany: Classical Weimar; Messel Pit Fossil Site; Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier; Aachen Cathedral; Cologne Cathedral; Hanseatic City of Lübeck; Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar; Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin; Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof; Speyer Cathedral; Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen; Town of Bamberg;
  • Greece: Mount Athos;
  • Honduras: Maya Site of Copan;
  • Hungary: Old Village of Hollókő and its Surroundings; Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its Natural Environment; Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs (Sopianae); Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape; Hortobágy National Park - the Puszta; Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue;
  • Hungary / Slovakia: Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst;
  • India: Sun Temple, Konârak; Group of Monuments at Hampi; Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya; Elephanta Caves; Great Living Chola Temples; Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus); Mountain Railways of India;
  • Indonesia: Ujung Kulon National Park; Komodo National Park; Lorentz National Park; Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra; Sangiran Early Man Site;
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of): Pasargadae; Takht-e Soleyman;
  • Ireland: Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne;
  • Italy: Venice and its Lagoon;
  • Japan: Yakushima; Shirakami-Sanchi; Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area; Shiretoko; Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities); Shrines and Temples of Nikko; Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range; Itsukushima Shinto Shrine; Himeji-jo;
  • Latvia: Historic Centre of Riga;
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Town of Luang Prabang;
  • Lithuania: Vilnius Historic Centre;
  • Luxembourg: City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications;
  • Malaysia: Kinabalu Park;
  • Mauritius: Aapravasi Ghat;
  • Mexico: Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan; Historic Centre of Morelia; Earliest 16th-Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl; Historic Monuments Zone of Querétaro; Historic Fortified Town of Campeche; Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro; Agave Landscape and the Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila; Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino; Ancient Maya City of Calakmul, Campeche; Archaeological Monuments Zone of Xochicalco; Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan; Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza; Historic Centre of Zacatecas; Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán; Sian Ka’an; Luis Barragán House and Studio; Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco; Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes; Historic Centre of Puebla; Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines; Pre-hispanic town of Uxmal; Hospicio Cabañas, Guadalajara; Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California; Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco; Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque; El Tajin, Pre-Hispanic City;
  • Netherlands: Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal (D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station); Schokland and Surroundings; Droogmakerij de Beemster (Beemster Polder); Rietveld Schröderhuis (Rietveld Schröder House);
  • Nicaragua: Ruins of León Viejo;
  • Nigeria: Sukur Cultural Landscape;
  • Norway: Rock Art of Alta; Urnes Stave Church; Bryggen;
  • Oman: Archaeological Sites of Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn;
  • Pakistan: Taxila; Historical Monuments at Makli, Thatta; Rohtas Fort; Buddhist Ruins of Takht-i-Bahi and Neighbouring City Remains at Sahr-i-Bahlol;
  • Panama: Darien National Park; Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá;
  • Paraguay: Jesuit Missions of La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná and Jesús de Tavarangue;
  • Peru: City of Cuzco; Chavin (Archaeological Site); Historic Centre of Lima; Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu;
  • Philippines: Historic town of Vigan;
  • South Africa: uKhahlamba / Drakensberg Park;
  • Switzerland: Abbey of St Gall; Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair; Old City of Berne; Three Castles, Defensive Wall and Ramparts of the Market-Town of Bellinzona;
  • Thailand: Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex; Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries; Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns; Ban Chiang Archaeological Site;
  • Turkey: Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia; Nemrut Dağ; Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği; Hierapolis-Pamukkale;
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Blaenavon Industrial Landscape; Blenheim Palace; Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church; Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd; City of Bath; Durham Castle and Cathedral; Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast; Heart of Neolithic Orkney; Ironbridge Gorge; Maritime Greenwich; New Lanark; Old and New Towns of Edinburgh; Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites; Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey; Tower of London; St Kilda; Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church;
  • Uruguay: Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento;
  • Uzbekistan: Itchan Kala;
  • Venezuela : Coro and its Port; Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas;

4.  Decides that retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value for World Heritage properties in Danger will be reviewed by the Advisory Bodies in priority;

5.  Further decides that, considering the high number of retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value to be examined, the order in which they will be reviewed by the Advisory Bodies will follow the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting, namely:

  • World Heritage properties in the Arab States;
  • World Heritage properties in Africa;
  • World Heritage properties in Asia and the Pacific;
  • World Heritage properties in Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • World Heritage properties in Europe and North America;

6.  Requests the World Heritage Centre to harmonise all sub-headings in the adopted Statements of Outstanding Universal Value where appropriate and when resources and staff time allow to carry out this work;

7.  Also requests the State Parties, Advisory Bodies and World Heritage Centre to ensure the use of gender-neutral language in the Statements proposed for adoption to the World Heritage Committee;

8.  Further requests the World Heritage Centre to keep the adopted Statements in line with subsequent decisions by the World Heritage Committee concerning name changes of World Heritage properties, and to reflect them throughout the text of the Statements, in consultation with States Parties and Advisory Bodies;

9.  Finally requests the States Parties to provide support to the World Heritage Centre for translation of the adopted Statements of Outstanding Universal Value into English or French respectively, and finally requests the Centre to upload these onto its web-pages.

Themes: Conservation, Reports
Properties: Aachen Cathedral Aapravasi Ghat Abbey of St Gall Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila Aksum Alejandro de Humboldt National Park Ancient City of Ping Yao Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun Antigua Guatemala Archaeological Monuments Zone of Xochicalco Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá Archaeological Sites of Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes Area de Conservación Guanacaste Ban Chiang Archaeological Site Belfries of Belgium and France Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair Blaenavon Industrial Landscape Blenheim Palace Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne Bryggen Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area Buddhist Ruins of Takht-i-Bahi and Neighbouring City Remains at Sahr-i-Bahlol Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst Chavin (Archaeological Site) Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) Choirokoitia Churches of Chiloé City of Bath City of Cuzco City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications City of Quito Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas Classical Gardens of Suzhou Classical Weimar Cologne Cathedral Coro and its Port Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas Darien National Park Desembarco del Granma National Park Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex Droogmakerij de Beemster (Beemster Polder) Durham Castle and Cathedral Earliest 16th-Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs (Sopianae) El Tajin, Pre-Hispanic City Elephanta Caves Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar Region Fertö / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro Fuerte de Samaipata Galápagos Islands Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia Great Living Chola Temples Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği Greater Blue Mountains Area Group of Monuments at Hampi Hanseatic City of Lübeck Heart of Neolithic Orkney Hierapolis-Pamukkale High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago Himeji-jo Historic Centre of Lima Historic Centre of Macao Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco Historic Centre of Morelia Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán Historic Centre of Puebla Historic Centre of Riga Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca Historic Centre of Santa Cruz de Mompox Historic Centre of Zacatecas Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar Historic Fortified Town of Campeche Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) Historic Monuments Zone of Querétaro Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns Historic Town of Vigan Historical Monuments at Makli, Thatta Hortobágy National Park - the Puszta Hospicio Cabañas, Guadalajara Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works Iguazu National Park Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal (D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station) Ironbridge Gorge Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California Itchan Kala Itsukushima Shinto Shrine Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba Jesuit Missions of La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná and Jesús de Tavarangue Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site Kakadu National Park Kinabalu Park Komodo National Park Kronborg Castle La Grand-Place, Brussels Longmen Grottoes Lorentz National Park Luis Barragán House and Studio Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya Maloti-Drakensberg Park Maritime Greenwich Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor Maya Site of Copan Messel Pit Fossil Site Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its Natural Environment Mount Athos Mount Huangshan Mountain Railways of India Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin National Archeological Park of Tierradentro Nemrut Dağ New Lanark Old and New Towns of Edinburgh Old City of Berne Old Havana and its Fortification System Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof Old Village of Hollókő and its Surroundings Painted Churches in the Troodos Region Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church Pasargadae Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan Pre-Hispanic Town of Uxmal Quebrada de Humahuaca Rapa Nui National Park Rietveld Schröderhuis (Rietveld Schröder House) Rock Art of Alta Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco Rohtas Fort Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens Ruins of León Viejo Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range San Agustín Archaeological Park Sangiran Early Man Site Schokland and Surroundings Serra da Capivara National Park Sewell Mining Town Shark Bay, Western Australia Shirakami-Sanchi Shiretoko Shrines and Temples of Nikko Sian Ka'an Speyer Cathedral St Kilda Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey Sukur Cultural Landscape Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing Sun Temple, Konârak Takht-e Soleyman Taxila The Sundarbans Three Castles, Defensive Wall and Ramparts of the Market-Town of Bellinzona Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries Tiwanaku: Spiritual and Political Centre of the Tiwanaku Culture Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape Tower of London Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen Town of Bamberg Town of Luang Prabang Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra Ujung Kulon National Park Urnes Stave Church Venice and its Lagoon Vilnius Historic Centre Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino Willandra Lakes Region Yakushima Yin Xu Yungang Grottoes
Session: 37COM