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The 33rd World Heritage Committee session results

The World Heritage Committee holding its 33rd session has inscribed two new natural sites and 11 cultural sites on the UNESCO's World Heritage List. Since it also withdrew one site - from the List, Dresden Elbe Valley (Germany), the List now numbers a total of 890 properties.

The Committee also inscribed three sites on the UNESCO's List of World Heritage in Danger to help raise international support for their preservation (Los Katios National Park (Colombia), Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (Belize), The Historical Monuments of Mtskheta (Georgia). One site was removed from the Danger List (The Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower (Azerbaijan).

During the session three countries had their first World Heritage sites inscribed on the UNESCO's List of properties recognized as having outstanding universal value. They are, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and Kyrgyzstan.

Natural sites inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List:

  • The Wadden Sea (Germany / The Netherlands)
  • The Dolomites (Italy)

Cultural sites inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List:

  • Stoclet House (Belgium),
  • The Ruins of Loropйni (Burkina Faso).
  • Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande (Cape Verde)
  • Mount Wutai (china).
  • Shushtar, Historical Hydraulic System (Iran).
  • Sulamain-Too Sacred Mountain (Kyrgyzstan).
  • The Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty (Republic of Korea).
  • The Tower of Hercules (Spain).
  • La Chaux-de-Fonds/Le Locle watchmaking town-planning (Switzerland).
  • Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal (United Kingdom).

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Centre