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Decision 43 COM 7A.29
Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town (Palestine) (C 1565)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having considered Document WHC/19/43.COM/7A.Add.3.Corr and the annex attached to this decision,
  2. Recalling Decision 42 COM 7A.28, adopted at its 42nd session (Manama, 2018),
  3. Decides that the status of Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town relating to the World Heritage List remains unchanged as reflected in Decision 42 COM 7A.28 of the last World Heritage Committee.



The World Heritage Committee
43rd session of the Committee (43 COM)

  1. Having considered Document WHC/19/43.COM/7A.Add.3.Corr,
  2. Recalling Decision 41 COM 8B.1, adopted at its 41st session (Krakow, 2017), which did not include a SOUV, and noting that in compliance with Paragraph 154 of the Operational Guidelines, when deciding to inscribe a property on the World Heritage List, guided by the Advisory Bodies, the Committee adopts a SOUV for the property,
  3. Taking note of a preliminary proposed SOUV contained in the state of conservation report submitted by the State Party,
  4. Takes note of the consultations held between experts from UNESCO, the State Party and the Advisory Bodies, to discuss the proposed Statement of Outstanding Universal Value (SOUV), the proposed Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger (DSOCR), and the related corrective measures, as well as the proposed Management and Conservation Plan for the property, and invites the State Party to continue its efforts to finalize the above documents;
  5. Decides to consider the examination of a draft SOUV for the property at its 44th session in 2020;
  6. Deplores the ongoing Israeli excavations, works, construction of private roads for settlers and of a Wall inside the Old City of Al-Khalil/Hebron which are illegal under international law and harmfully affect the authenticity and integrity of the site, and the subsequent denial of freedom of movement and freedom of access to places of worship and asks Israel, the occupying Power, to end all violations which are not in conformity with the provisions of relevant UNESCO conventions, resolutions and decisions;
  7. Commends the State Party for the actions which are being taken to conserve significant attributes of the Property;
  8. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies, detailed information on current conservation and development projects, particularly projects which have potential adverse impact on heritage, in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines;
  9. Requests furthermore the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2020, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 44th session in 2020;
  10. Also decides to retain Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town (Palestine) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.


Decision Code
43 COM 7A.29
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2019 Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town
Decisions adopted during the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee (Baku, 2019)
Context of Decision