Committee Decisions

33 COM 7A.25

Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower (Azerbaijan) (C 958)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-09/33.COM/7A,

2. Recalling Decision 32 COM 7A.25, adopted at its 32nd session (Quebec City, 2008),

3. Warmly welcomes the State Party's efforts to improve the state of conservation of the property and the significant progress made in the implementation of the corrective measures for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger;

4. Notes that the State Party developed a draft Statement of Outstanding Universal Value, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session in 2010;

5. Also notes that the State Party informed the World Heritage Centre on 15 June 2009 that it has improved the conservation and management of the property and its buffer zone by carrying out the following:

a) Preparation of the draft Conservation Master Plan,

b) Ensuring that the State Department of the Historical-Architectural Reserve "Icherisheher" (SDAHRIS) now works in close contact and coordination with the Executive Power of City of Baku as well as other stakeholders,

c) Setting up protection for the buffer zone;

6. Requests the State Party, concerning development of its several management instruments:

a) To formally approve the draft Conservation Master Plan (CMP), to submit it to the World Heritage Centre, and integrate it within the Integrated Area Management Action Plan (IAMAP),

b) To extend and develop the design guidelines for the rehabilitation and restoration of historic buildings, and the design of new constructions and street furniture, already included in the IAMAP, for efficient use by the State Department of the Historical-Architectural Reserve "Icherisheher" (SDHARIS) and Icherisheher owners,

c) To ensure that the integrated CMP and IAMAP acknowledge and reference the Statement of Outstanding Universal Value to be approved by the World Heritage Committee,

d) To formally adopt the revised IAMAP in the urban planning system of the City of Baku;

7. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2010, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and progress made in the implementation of the paragraph 6 above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session in 2010;

8. Decides to remove the walled city of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower (Azerbaijan) from the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Documents
PDF Original Decision Document
Context of Decision
PDF WHC-09/33.COM/7A
Themes: Conservation, List of World Heritage in Danger
States Parties: Azerbaijan
Session: 33COM