The 41st UNESCO World Heritage Committee

The 41st UNESCO World Heritage Committee taking place in Krakow is coming now to an end. The closing ceremony took place already yesterday in the Museum of Municipal Engineering. Today, members of the Committee are working on the final report in the ICE Congress Centre.

The host city for the 2018 session has not yet been selected – the decision is to be taken in mid-November. Therefore, the World Heritage Committee decided to extend the mandate of the current Chair of the Committee, Prof. Jacek Purchla, the ICC director

During the ten day session representatives of 21 UNESCO World Heritage Committee Member States discussed and took decisions regarding cultural and natural heritage all over the world. Delegations of about 170 States Parties to the Convention and representatives of the non-governmental organisations associated with UNESCO were also present during the debates as observers.

The following 21 sites have been inscribed on the World Heritage List: Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town, Qinghai Hoh Xil (China), Los Alerces National Park (Argentina), Landscapes of Dauria (Mongolia / Russian Federation), Mbanza Kongo, vestiges of the capital of the former Kingdom of Kongo (Angola), Asmara: a Modernist City of Africa (Eritrea), ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape (Republic of South Africa), Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk, Archaeological Site of Ancient Ishanapura (Cambodia), Historic City of Ahmadabad (India), Kulangsu: A historic international settlement (China), Historic City of Yazd (Islamic Republic of Iran), Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata (Japan), Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra – Western Stato da Mar (Croatia, Italy, Montenegro), Assumption Cathedral and Monastery of the town-island of Sviyazhsk (Russian Federation), Taputapuâtea (France), Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian Jura (Germany), Aphrodisias (Turkey), The English Lake District (United Kingdon), Kujataa Greenland : Norse and Inuit Farming at the Edge of the Ice Cap (Denmark), Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site (Brazil) and Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver-Zinc Mine and its Underground Water Management System (Poland).

The 41st UNESCO World Heritage Committee session was accompanied by a number of side events, including The World Heritage Young Professionals Forum. Memory: Lost and Recovered Heritage coorganised by the ICC, as well as The World Heritage Site Managers’ Forum and a discussion For a Structured Dialogue with Civil Society on World Heritage Matters.

Mechtild Roessler, the Director of the Division for Heritage and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, told the Polish Press Agency, that in her opinion the session in Kraków was “very successful.”
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