The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Manama since 24 June under the chair of Shaikha Haya Bint Rashed al-Khalifa of Bahrain, ended today. The next session of the World Heritage Committee will be in Baku, Azerbaijan.
During the session, the Committee inscribed 19 sites on the World Heritage List (13 cultural sites, three natural and three mixed sites, i.e. both natural and cultural). It also approved the extension of one natural site. The World Heritage List now numbers 1092 sites in 167 countries.
Newly inscribed cultural sites, in alphabetical order are:
Al-Ahsa Oasis, an evolving Cultural Landscape (Saudi Arabia)
Ancient City of Qalhat (Oman)
Caliphate City of Medina Azahara (Spain)
Göbekli Tepe (Turkey)
Naumburg Cathedral (Germany)
Sansa, Buddhist Mountain Monasteries in Korea (Republic of Korea)
Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region (Islamic Republic of Iran)
Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains (South Africa)
Fanjingshan (China)Mixed sites:
Pimachiowin Aki (Canada)
Bikin River Valley (Russian Federation)
Also during the session, the Committee decided to inscribe Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (Belize) from that list of properties whose outstanding universal value is under threat.
A side event, during the session showcased UNESCO’s Revive the Spirit of Mosul initiative launched in February to rebuild and give new life to the second largest city in Iraq, much of which was destroyed between 2014 and 2017.