1.         Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco (Mexico) (C 412)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1987

Criteria  (ii)(iii)(iv)(v)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/412/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1999-1999)
Total amount approved: USD 5,000
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/412/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

November 2002: ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission; January 2009: Joint World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission.

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/412/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2013

In response to the requests made by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session (Decision 35 COM 7B.127), the State Party has submitted a state of conservation report that adequately addresses the information requested. The State Party has continued with the implementation of the Management Plan for the Historic Centre of Mexico City, as foreseen since 2010, taking into particular consideration the citizens’ participation in the preservation of the property, as well as the dynamism of the urban space and the premise of sustainability. The State Party has also put the Management Unit in place in Xochimilco, which started working in December 2012.

 

More particularly, the State Party continues dealing with the main urban project issues, such as the public transportation matters, including Metrobus Line 4 and Metro Line 12. The State Party has also implemented social housing policies, which has resulted in the increase of the number of residential use properties for the first time since the end of the 1980s. As for the monumental buildings at risk of collapse, the State Party and the local authorities are implementing public policies that respect the recommendations made by the World Heritage Committee and the 2009 reactive monitoring mission. The State Party has put in place a comprehensive system for risk management, including provisions for timely assessment and prevention. Moreover, pedestrian areas have been enlarged and an important awareness campaign for the wider public on the World Heritage property has been conducted. In general, the collaboration between public and private sectors has been successful and has led to the successful implementation of several projects foreseen in the Management Plan, including conservation actions and the continuation of the archaeological project at Templo Mayor. Finally, the future course of action is clearly indicated by the State Party. 

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

For those reasons, the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies are of the view that the conservation of the property is being properly addressed. Nevertheless, the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies will continue reviewing the interventions at the property, particularly at the area of Regina 97 and the ongoing archaeological research and works in the Templo Mayor, as well as follow up on the efficacy of the management system.

Decision Adopted: 37 COM 7 B.103

 World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Document WHC-13/37.COM/7B.Add,

2.  Recalling Decisions 34 COM 8B.6, 35 COM 7B.42, 35 COM 7B.63, 35 COM 7B.67, 35 COM 7B.68, 35 COM 7B.69, 35 COM 7B.73, 35 COM 7B.88, 35 COM 7B.94, 35 COM 7B.98, 35 COM 7B.102, 35 COM 7B.106, 35 COM 7B.109, 35 COM 7B.122, 35 COM 7B.127, 35 COM 7B.128, 35 COM 7B.131 and 35 COM 7B.133 , adopted at its 34th (Brasilia, 2010) and 35th (UNESCO, 2011) sessions respectively,

3.  Takes note with satisfaction  of the measures taken by the States Parties concerned to address its previous requests to mitigate the threats on the Outstanding Universal Value of the following World Heritage properties :

4.  Encourages the States Parties concerned to pursue their efforts to ensure the conservation of World Heritage properties;

5.  Reminds the States Parties concerned to inform the World Heritage Centre in due course about any major development project which may affect the Outstanding Universal Value of a property, before any irreversible commitments are made, in line with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines .

Decision Adopted: 37 COM 8E

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:

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:

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.