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Decision 29 COM 7A.14
Timbuktu (Mali)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-05/29.COM/7A,

2. Recalling Decision 28 COM 15A.15, adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004),

3. Noting the results of the mission carried out by the World Heritage Centre, the results of the implementation of the recommendations set out in its Decision 28 COM 15A.15, the measures undertaken for the legal reinforcement of protection around the property, and the impact of the technical missions financed in the framework of the UNESCO-Italy cooperation agreement,

4. Also noting the wish of the State Party of Mali for the property to be removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger,

5. Congratulates the State Party for all the efforts that have been made to significantly improve the state of conservation of the property;

6. Recommends that the State Party make a complete inventory of the Old City of Timbuktu which would be useful for any extension proposal submitted in the future;

7. Invites international partners to support the development project for the rehabilitation of the architecture of Timbuktu;

8. Decides to remove Timbuktu (Mali) from the List of World Heritage in Danger, on the condition that a management and rehabilitation plan to facilitate the preservation and sustainable development of the Old City of Timbuktu be completed, as recommended by the joint ICOMOS and the World Heritage Centre mission;

9. Also decides that if there is no substantial progress towards the implementation of condition set out in paragraph 8, the property will be inscribed again on the World Heritage List in Danger at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006);

10. Requests the Director of the World Heritage Centre, in consultation with ICOMOS, to ensure that the report regarding the state of conservation of Timbuktu (Item 14 of Document 29/COM.7A) reflects the debate of the Committee at its 29th session (Durban, 2005).

Decision Code
29 COM 7A.14
Focal Point
States Parties 1
Properties 1
State of conservation reports
2005 Timbuktu
Decisions of the 29th session of the world heritage comittee (Durban, 2005)
Context of Decision