36 ‘nominations’ for World Heritage List…

A total of 36 sites will be considered for inscription on the Unesco’s World Heritage List during the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee being held in Doha.

The committee will also examine the state of conservation of more than 100 of the 981 existing World Heritage properties.

The details of the process  were announced at a press conference yesterday by Kishore Rao, director of the World Heritage Centre, and Ali Zainal,  ambassador and permanent delegate of Qatar to Unesco.

Of the 36 nominations, two are from the GCC countries. They are the Historic Jeddah, the Gate to Makkah in Saudi Arabia and Khor Dubai ( Dubai Creek) in the UAE. With the new sites being added to the list, the number of heritage sites around the world might cross 1,000.

Rao explained that around 15 of the 36 total nominations have recommendations from different bodies and they will in all likelihood be accepted. Then, there are another  set of sites which comes under the category of deferral nominations which will be taken up for discussions and deliberations and the members will decide on the status of them.

“The committee will deliberate on several aspects and the topics are divided into four groups. “They are reports, papers on conservation of heritage sites, nominations for new heritage sites and adaptation of new sites, election of new officials and the choice of venue for the next session.”

Ambassador Zainal said that Qatar was committed to the preservation of the heritage of the country and the world. “The commitment of Qatar is so evident in the noble gesture of the country in contributing $10 million for the World Heritage Emergency Fund. We are keen to promote the heritage and preserve it so that the future generations will be proud of their past.”

Zainal said that during the meeting there will be a lot of consultation on the new sites to be enlisted as well as the ways to preserve the endangered ones. “As for the new sites to be incorporated to the list, there will not be any voting but rather it will be on consensus among the member states.”

The World Heritage Centre director said that a set of 10 criteria was followed for being selected to the World Heritage List. “These are cultural, natural and many more and each site has to comply to one or more of these specifications. It needs complete management plan. The examination of the sites and the preparations of the reports take around 18 months.” Source: Gulf Times