Yes, it’s that time of year again, when we find out what our Every World Heritage Site bucket list is going to be updated to — and you can watch the proceedings live:
The annual session of the World Heritage Committee begins on 24 June 2018 in Manama, Bahrain, in the presence of UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and Assistant Director-General for Culture, Ernesto Ottone-Ramirez.
The Committee, chaired by Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, will also examine the state of conservation of 157 sites, and decide whether sites will be added to or removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger.
Or, follow the decisions of the Committee on social media:
The to be debated changes are at
The World Heritage Committee will inscribe some of the 30 sites nominated for inclusion on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during its forthcoming meeting in Manama under the chair of Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa of Bahrain from 24 June to 4 July.
The proposed additions to the World Heritage List number five natural sites, including one extension to a site already inscribed, three mixed sites (i.e. both natural and cultural) and 22 cultural sites. The advisory bodies’ evaluation of the proposed sites are available online and the debates of the session will be webcast.
The following site will be examined with a view to deleting it from the World Heritage List:
- Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz (Uzbekistan)
The following sites are slated for inclusion on the List of World Heritage in Danger:
- Lake Turkana National Parks (Kenya)
- Kathmandu Valley (Nepal)
- Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore (Pakistan)
The site of Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (Belize), currently on the List of World Heritage in Danger, may be removed from that list due to improvements in its conservation.
The following proposals for inscription will scheduled to be examined as of the afternoon of 29 June…
We’ll have a roundup of the changes for you once they’re all final and we get The Sitelist updated for 2018-2019, in the meantime have fun watching the debates!