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Decision 43 COM 7A.34
Ancient villages of Northern Syria (Syrian Arab Republic) (C 1348)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/19/43.COM/7A.Add,
  2. Recalling Decisions 42 COM 7A.33 and 42 COM 7A.36, adopted at its 42nd session (Manama, 2018),
  3. Taking into account Decision 43 COM 7A.37, on the World Heritage properties of the Syrian Arab Republic,
  4. Expresses its concern about the situation at the property, in particular of the potential escalation of the conflict in and around the property, and the lack of detailed information on damages;
  5. Calls on all parties involved in the conflict to refrain from any action that could cause further damage to the property, including from its use for military purposes;
  6. Also calls on all UNESCO Member States to support emergency safeguarding and recovery measures, including through the UNESCO Heritage Emergency Fund;
  7. Reiterates its request that the invited joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS/ICCROM Reactive Monitoring mission should take place as soon as the situation allows, in order to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the state of conservation of the property and identify measures needed to ensure the conservation and protection of the property;
  8. Requests 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;
  9. Decides to retain the Ancient Villages of Northern Syria (Syrian Arab Republic) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
Decision Code
43 COM 7A.34
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2019 Ancient Villages of Northern Syria
Decisions adopted during the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee (Baku, 2019)
Context of Decision