|13 more properties added to World Heritage List at 2004 Committee session|
|Posted: 02 Jul 2004, Contact: WHC|
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea had its first site inscribed on UNESCOs World Heritage List today with the addition of a complex of Koguryo tombs. Andorra also entered the List with the cultural landscape of Madriu-Claror-Perafita Valley. They were among 13 cultural sites listed in Suzhou today. Below are the new sites inscribed on July 1 at the World Heritage Committee meeting in Suzhou, along with three extensions to existing sites:
The Committee will continue reviewing sites submitted by States Parties to the 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, and sites on the List of World Heritage in Danger over the coming days and is expected to finalize inscriptions by Friday. The session, chaired by Zhang Xinsheng, Vice Minister of Education of China and Chairperson of Chinas National Commission for UNESCO, will continue until July 7, notably to discuss important matters such as the state of conservation of World Heritage sites. The Chairperson, accompanied by UNESCOs Assistant Director-General for Culture, Mounir Bouchenaki and by Francesco Bandarin, Director of UNESCOs World Heritage Centre will give a press conference at the close of inscriptions, at the Suzhou Town Planning Conference Centre.
The following natural sites have been inscribed by the Committee yesterday : Denmark - Ilulissat Icefjord; Indonesia - Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra ; Russian Federation - Natural System of Wrangel Island Reserve; Saint Lucia - Pitons Management Area; South Africa - Cape Floral Region Protected Areas. This brings to 154 the number of natural sites inscribed on the World Heritage List.