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Nineteen new sites added to UNESCO World Heritage List

June 25, 2013

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UNESCO’s World Heritage list added nineteen new sites to its top honor for monuments, buildings, sites or natural features “of outstanding universal value.”

At a meeting in Cambodia for its 37th annual session, UNESCO World Heritage Committee granted “UNESCO World Heritage status” to new list of 19 sites:

  1. Xinjiang Tianshan (China)
  2. Mount Etna (Italy)
  3. El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve (Mexico) >Namib Sand Sea (Namibia)

  4. Tajik National Park (Tajikistan)
  5. Red Bay Basque Whaling Station (Canada)
  6. Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces (China)
  7. Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong (North Korea)
  8. Levuka Historical Port Town (Fiji)
  9. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe (Germany)
  10. Hill Forts of Rajashtan (India)
  11. Golestan Palace (Iran)
  12. Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany (Italy)
  13. Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration (Japan)
  14. Historic Centre of Agadez (Niger)
  15. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine (Poland / Ukraine)
  16. University of Coimbra – Alta and Sofia (Portugal)
  17. Al Zubarah Archaeological Site (Qatar)
  18. Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora (Ukraine)

The complete list features 981 sites from 160 countries that are party to the World Heritage Convention, of which 759 are cultural, 193 natural and 29 mixed properties.

The “List of World Heritage in Danger” was updated where Iran’s Bam citadel was removed from the danger list while East Rennell of the Solomon Island was added, along with the six World Heritage sites of Syria. And the decision on whether to place the Great Barrier Reef on the in danger list has been put off until 2014.

A reported 34 sites were up for consideration. Though Italy and China lead the pack with two new inscriptions apiece, it’s been a particularly exciting year for Qatar and Fiji, which are now celebrating the addition of their first World Heritage sites.

Qatar’s walled coastal town of Al Zubarah in the Gulf and Fiji’s Levuka Historical Port Town were both announced as new additions on Saturday.
Other notable new inscriptions include Japan’s Mount Fuji, Namibia’s Namib Sand Sea, the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station in Canada and North Korea’s Kaesong Fortress.

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