The World Heritage Committee will examine proposals to inscribe 37 properties on UNESCO’s World Heritage List when it meets at the international conference centre of Bonn (Germany) from 28 June to 8 July. The upcoming 39th session of the World Heritage Committee will be chaired by Maria Böhmer, Minister of State at Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, and member of the Bundestag.
Nominations for inscription on the World Heritage List this year include five natural sites, 31 cultural sites and one mixed site, i.e. both natural and cultural.
The Committee will also examine the state of conservation of 95 sites already on the List, as well as that of the 46 properties inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The work of the session will be webcast live.
A number of parallel events will take place during the session, notably the launch on 29 June of the global coalition for the protection of cultural heritage “#Unite4Heritage” with the participation of the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and Committee Chair Maria Böhmer. A press conference will be held at 2 p.m., immediately following the launch.
The Committee will examine the nomination of the following sites, listed here in the order in which they are provisionally scheduled to be debated. The order may change during the session:
- Cape Floral Region Protected Areas [extension of the property Cape Floral Region Protected Areas] (South Africa)
- Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay - Mukkawar Island Marine National Park (Sudan)
- Landscapes of Dauria (Mongolia/Russian Federation)
- Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (Thaïland)
- Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park [extension of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park] (Viet Nam)
Mixed natural and cultural sites:
- Blue and John Crow Mountains (Jamaica)
- Thimlich Ohinga Cultural Landscape (Kenya)
- Nyero and other Hunter-Gatherer Geometric Rock-Art Sites in Eastern Uganda (Uganda)
- Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” (Al-Maghtas) (Jordan)
- Rock Art in the Hail Region of Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabia)
- Tusi sites (China)
- Susa (Islamic Republic of Iran)
- Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining (Japan)
- Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain and its Surrounding Sacred Landscape (Mongolia)
- Baekje Historic Areas (Republic of Korea)
- Singapore Botanical Gardens (Singapore)
- Cultural Landscape of Maymand (Islamic Republic of Iran)
- Christiansfeld, a Moravian Settlement (Denmark)
- Par Force Hunting Landscape in North Zealand (Denmark)
- Viking Age Sites in Northern Europe (Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Norway)
- Climats, Terroirs of Burgundy (France)
- Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars (France)
- Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus (Germany)
- Naumburg Cathedral and the Landscape of the Rivers Saale and Unstrut Territories of Power in the High Middle Ages (Germany)
- Bet She’arim Necropolis – A Landmark of Jewish Renewal (Israël)
- Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale ( Italy)
- Rjukan – Notodden Industrial Heritage Site (Norway)
- Monumental Ensemble of Târgu Jiu (Romania)
- La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa Wine and Vineyard Cultural Landscape (Spain)
- Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape (Turkey)
- Forth Bridge (United Kingdom)
- San Antonio Missions (United States)
- Gelati Monastery [Significant boundary modification of “Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery”] (Georgia)
- Routes of Santiago in Northern Spain [Extension of “Routes of Santiago de Compostela”] (Spain)
- Ephesus (Turkey)
- Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque, Renaissance Hydraulic Complex in America (Mexico)
- Fray Bentos Cultural-Industrial Landscape (Uruguay)
A Young Experts Forum will be held in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley and in Bonn ahead of the Committee session from 18 to 29 June. It will bring together some 30 young people from different countries who are committed to the cause of safeguarding heritage and keen to know more about the challenges of managing and protecting World Heritage sites. The outcome of the Young Experts Forum will be presented at the opening of the 39th session of the Committee.
All working documents are available online
Journalists wishing to cover the work of the Committee are requested to register online
Video footage of new sites will be available as they are inscribed:
Agnès Bardon, UNESCO Press Service,
+33 (0)1 45 68 17 64.
And from 27 June, in Bonn: +33 (0) 6 80 24 13 56
Isabelle Le Fournis, UNESCO Press Service,
+33 (0)1 45 68 17 48.
From 27 June in Bonn: +33 (0) 6 12 19 74 01.