World Heritage Committee Session Ends in Krakow, After Inscription of 21 New Sites on World Heritage List

The new inscriptions bring to 1,073 the total number of sites on the World Heritage List. Angola and Eritrea saw their first sites joint the List during the present session.

World Heritage Committee Session Ends in Krakow, After Inscription of 21 New Sites on World Heritage List

The Torey Lakes in the morning. Shared between Mongolia and the Russian Federation, this site is an outstanding example of the Daurian Steppe eco-region, which extends from eastern Mongolia into Russian Siberia and north-eastern China.

Krakow, Poland, 12 July—The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Krakow since 2 July, closed its annual session today. During the session, the Committee inscribed 21 new sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. It also extended or modified the boundaries of five sites already on the List.

The new inscriptions bring to 1,073 the total number of sites on the World Heritage List. Angola and Eritrea saw their first sites joint the List during the present session.

The Committee furthermore added one site to the List of World Heritage in Danger, from which it removed three other sites.

The new natural sites are:

The new cultural sites are:

The extensions to existing sites are:

The Committee decided on a significant reduction in the perimeter of the Georgian site of Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery, withdrawing Gelati Monastery from the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The World Heritage Committee also approved the withdrawal of the Simien National Park (Ethiopia) and Comoé National Park (Côte d’Ivoire) from the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The Historic Centre of Vienna, on the other hand, was added to the List of World Heritage in Danger. The site of Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town was inscribed simultaneously on the List of World Heritage and on the List of World Heritage in Danger, which presently numbers 54 sites.