Azerbaijan, Baku, July 7 / Trend V.Zhavoronkova /
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee will consider new candidates for inclusion in the World Heritage List, including the Tajik settlement Sarazm and the Tajik National Park in the Pamir mountains, UNESCO reported.
The Committee will consider requests for the inscription of new sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List when it meets for its 34th session in Brasilia (Brazil), from 25 July to 3 August.
During this year's session - to be chaired by João Luiz Ferreira, the Brazilian Ministry of Culture and President of the World Heritage Committee - 35 States Parties to the World Heritage Convention will present properties for inscription on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Three of those countries - Marshall Islands, Kiribati and Tajikistan - have no properties inscribed on the World Heritage List to date.
Thirty two new properties in total were submitted for inscription on the World Heritage List this year: 6 natural, 24 cultural and 2 mixed (i.e. both natural and cultural) properties, including four transnational nominations. In addition, 9 extensions to properties already listed have been proposed (see list below).
The Committee will also review the state of conservation of the 31 World Heritage properties inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger and may decide to add to that list new properties whose preservation requires special attention. The In Danger List features sites which are threatened by a variety of problems such as pollution, urban development, poorly managed mass tourism, wars, and natural disasters, which have a negative impact on the outstanding values for which the sites were inscribed on the World Heritage List.
To date, the World Heritage List recognizes 890 properties of "outstanding universal value," including 689 cultural, 176 natural and 25 mixed properties in 148 States Parties.
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