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Decision 37 COM 7B.69
Samarkand – Crossroads of Cultures (Uzbekistan) (C 603rev)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Document WHC-13/37.COM/7B,

2.  Recalling Decision 36 COM 7B.69 , adopted at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012),

3.  Acknowledges the submission of the Management Plan and commends the efforts by State Party to address the issues affecting the property;

4.  Considers that the management framework and conservation principles for restoration and conservation presented in the Management Plan provide a clear and sound basis for preservation of the property and its buffer zone;

5.  Urges the State Party to officially adopt the Management Plan and secure adequate human and financial resources to ensure its implementation; 

6.  Takes note of the development of the draft traffic scheme that is a crucial project for the city and recommends on-going dialogue between the State Party and the Advisory Bodies as the project evolves further;

7.  Notes that construction and infrastructure projects are anticipated within the framework of the traffic scheme and the Management Plan and reiterates that the World Heritage Committee shall be notified prior to any major restorations or new constructions which may affect the Outstanding Universal Value of the property before making any decisions that would be difficult to reverse, in accordance to the Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines ;

8.  Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2015 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 39th session in 2015.

Decision Code
37 COM 7B.69
Conservation, Operational Guidelines, Outstanding Universal Value
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2013 Samarkand – Crossroad of Cultures
Decisions Adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th Session (Phnom Penh, 2013)
Context of Decision