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Decision 45 COM 7B.166
Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu (Japan) (C 972)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/23/45.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 44 COM 7B.29 adopted at its extended 44th session (Fuzhou/online, 2021),
  3. Notes with satisfaction that restoration work for the archaeological remains has been completed and that the reconstruction of replica structures damaged in the fire, especially the State Hall, has progressed as scheduled;
  4. Requests the State Party to continue its efforts to reconstruct the replica structures in accordance with the recovery work schedule and retain the authenticity of design, form, and artisanship, while ensuring that these constructions do not have any negative impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;
  5. Welcomes the development of “Fire Prevention Measures for The State Hall of Shuri-jo Site” as the basis of the fire prevention concept, and encourages the State Party to fully implement them at every structure, and also encourages the State Party to continue facilitating the involvement of all stakeholders, including local communities, in the recovery process of the property;
  6. Takes note of the fact that the State Party has invited a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS/ICCROM Reactive Monitoring mission to the property in June 2023;
  7. Finally requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2024, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the Committee at its 46th session.
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