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World Heritage Committee to meet in Baku (Azerbaijan) to examine inscription of new sites on World Heritage List

Friday, 21 June 2019
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Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape © Getty Images / Madzia71

The World Heritage Committee will examine 36 nominations for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during its 43rd session, which will take place in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, from 30 June to 10 July under the chair of Abulfas Garayev, Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan.

The Committee will furthermore examine the state of conservation of 166 sites already inscribed on the World Heritage List, 54 of which also figure on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Inscriptions on the World Heritage List are scheduled to start on 5 July. The nominated sites are (in the order of debate)*:

Natural sites:

  • Migratory Bird Sanctuaries along the Coast of Yellow Sea-Bohai Gulf of China (Phase I) (China)
  • Hyrcanian Forests (Islamic Republic of Iran)
  • Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex  (Thailand)
  • French Austral Lands and Seas (France)
  • Alpi del Mediterraneo – Alpes de la Méditerranée (France / Italy / Monaco)
  • Vatnajökull National Park - dynamic nature of fire and ice (Iceland)

Mixed sites (natural and cultural):

  • Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region [extension of “Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region”, North Macedonia] (Albania)
  • Paraty – Culture and Biodiversity (Brazil)

Cultural sites:

  • Ancient ferrous metallurgy site (Burkina Faso)
  • Dilmun Burial Mounds (Bahrain)
  • Babylon (Iraq)
  • Budj Bim Cultural Landscape (Australia)
  • Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City (China)
  • Jaipur City, Rajasthan (India)
  • Ombilin Coal Mining Heritage of Sawahlunto (Indonesia)
  • Mozu-Furuichi Kofun Group: Mounded Tombs of Ancient Japan (Japan)
  • Megalithic Jar Sites in Xiengkhuang –Plain of Jars (Lao People's Democratic Republic)
  • Bagan (Myanmar)
  • Seowon, Korean Neo-Confucian Academies (Republic of Korea)
  • Großglockner High Alpine Road (Austria)
  • Frontiers of the Roman Empire – The Danube Limes (Austria / Germany / Hungary /Slovakia)
  • Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai’pi (Canada)
  • Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří Mining Region (Czechia / Germany)
  • Landscape for Breeding and Training of Ceremonial Carriage Horses at Kladruby nad Labem (Czechia)
  • Water Management System of Augsburg (Germany)
  • Krzemionki prehistoric striped flint mining region (Poland)
  • Royal Building of Mafra– Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada) (Portugal)
  • Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga (Portugal)
  • Monuments of Ancient Pskov (Russian Federation)
  • Risco Caido and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria Cultural Landscape (Spain)
  • Jodrell Bank Observatory (United Kingdom)
  • Historic Centre of Sheki with the Khan’s Palace (Azerbaijan)
  • Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano a Valdobbiadene (Italy)
  • The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright (United States of America)
  • Sunken City of Port Royal – A Relict and Continuing Cultural Landscape (Jamaica)
  • Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Panama)

Sites proposed for inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger:

  • The Sundarbans (Bangladesh)
  • Ancient City of Nessebar (Bulgaria)
  • Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region (Albania / North Macedonia)
  • Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California (Mexico)
  • Kathmandu Valley (Nepal)
  • Babylon (Iraq)

Sites to be examined in view of possible withdrawal from List in Danger:

  • Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem (Palestine)
  • Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works (Chile)

The World Heritage Committee is composed of representatives of 21 States Parties to the World Heritage Convention who meet annually. The Committee is in charge of implementing the Convention.

To this date, 1092 sites in 167 countries have been inscribed on the World Heritage List.

The debates of the 43rd session will be webcast.

*Order may be subject to change

The Committee will meet at the Baku Congress Centre.

Journalists wishing to cover the meeting are requested to register online: https://43whcbaku2019.az/en/

All the documents pertaining to the session are available online 

Media contacts

Lucía Iglesias Kuntz,
UNESCO Media Section
and as of 30 June, in Baku: +33 (0) 680240729

Agnès Bardon,
UNESCO Media Section
and as of 30 June, in Baku:  +33(0)680241356

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Friday, 21 June 2019
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