UNESCO World Heritage Committee session to be hosted by China after a one-year hiatus

2021-06-19 15:38:18

The World Heritage Committee’s 44th session will be chaired from Fuzhou (China) and take place online from 16 to 31 July, combining current work and issues left outstanding since last year, when the annual meeting was postponed due to COVID-19. The extended session will be chaired by Tian Xuejun, China’s Vice Minister for Education and Director of China’s National Commission for UNESCO.

Mechtild Rössler, Director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, will be available to answer journalists’ questions about the forthcoming World Heritage Committee session at an online information session on 22 June, at 2:00 pm CEST (UTC+2, Paris Time). After registering online, journalists will receive login information by mail.

On 18 July, 9:45 am CEST (UTC+2, Paris Time), Mr Tian and Ms Rössler, Director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, will host a press conference that will be streamed online (details to follow).

On 16 July, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay will take part in the opening of the session. during which the Committee will notably examine the state of conservation of 255 sites already inscribed on the World Heritage List, 53 of which also figure on the List of World Heritage in Danger

Starting on 24 July, the World Heritage Committee will start inscribing nominated sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List, beginning with nominations that could not be reviewed last year. 

2020 Nominations

Natural sites

Georgia, Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands

Japan, Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, Northern part of Okinawa Island, and Iriomote Island

Republic of Korea, Getbol, Korean Tidal Flat

Slovenia, Classical Karst

Thailand, Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex

Mixed cultural and natural sites

Ethiopia, Holqa Sof Umar: Natural and Cultural Heritage (Sof Umar: Caves of Mystery) 

Cultural sites

Austria / Belgium / Czechia / France / Germany / Italy / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, The Great Spas of Europe

Austria / Germany / Hungary / Slovakia, Frontiers of the Roman Empire – The Danube Limes (Western Segment) 

Belgium / Netherlands Colonies of Benevolence

Brazil, Sítio Roberto Burle Marx 

China, Quanzhou: Emporium of the World in Song-Yuan China 

Dominican Republic, Historical and Archaeological Site of La Isabela 

France, Cordouan Lighthouse 

Germany, Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt

Greece, Fortress of Spinalonga 

India, The Glorious Kakatiya Temples and Gateways – Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple, Palampet, Jayashankar Bhupalpally District, Telangana State 

Iran (Islamic Republic of), Trans-Iranian Railway 

Italy, ‘Padova Urbs picta’, Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel and Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles

Mongolia, Deer Stone Monuments and Related Sites, the Heart of Bronze Age Culture

Netherlands, Dutch Water Defence Lines [extension of “Defence Line of Amsterdam”, inscribed in 1996]

Peru, Chankillo Solar Observatory and ceremonial center

Romania, Roșia Montană Mining Landscape

Saudi Arabia, Cultural Rock Arts in Ḥimā Najrān 

Spain, Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro, a landscape of Arts and Sciences 

Turkey, Arslantepe Mound 

Uruguay, The work of engineer Eladio Dieste: Church of Atlántida 

2021 Nominations

Natural sites

Gabon, Ivindo National Park 

Bosnia and Herzegovina / Czechia / France / Italy / Montenegro / North Macedonia / Poland / Serbia / Slovakia / Switzerland, Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe [extension of “Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe”, inscribed in 2007, extensions in 2011 and 2017]

Cultural sites

Chile, Settlement and Artificial Mummification of the Chinchorro Culture in the Arica and Parinacota Region

Côte d'Ivoire, Sudanese style mosques in northern Côte d’Ivoire 

France, Nice, capital of Riviera tourism

Germany, ShUM Sites of Speyer, Worms and Mainz

Germany / Netherlands, Frontiers of the Roman Empire – The Lower German Limes

India, Dholavira: A Harappan City

Iran (Islamic Republic of), Cultural Landscape of Hawraman/Uramanat

Italy, The Porticoes of Bologna

Japan, Jomon Prehistoric Sites in Northern Japan

Jordan, As-Salt - The Place of Tolerance and Urban Hospitality

Latvia, Grobiņa archaeological ensemble

Mexico, Franciscan Ensemble of the Monastery and Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption of Tlaxcala [extension of “Earliest 16th-Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl”, inscribed in 1994]

Poland, Gdańsk Shipyard – the birthplace of “Solidarity” and the symbol of the Fall of the Iron Curtain in Europe

Russian Federation, Petroglyphs of Lake Onega and the White Sea

Slovenia, The works of Jože Plečnik in Ljubljana – Human Centred Urban Design

Spain, Ribeira Sacra

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, The Slate Landscape of Northwest Wales 

World Heritage Committee has inscribed 1,121 sites in 167 countries on the World Heritage List to date. Composed of representatives of 21 States Parties to the World Heritage Convention, the Committee is in charge of implementing the Convention.

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