UNESCO World Heritage Committee inscribes 9 new sites in Asia-Pacific
With the conclusion of the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee (16-31 July 2021), 9 new Asia-Pacific properties were inscribed on the World Heritage List.
Comprising the new Asia-Pacific properties are Quanzhou: Emporium of the World, Song-Yuan China (China); Dholavira: a Harappan City (India); Kakatiya Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple, Telangana (India); Trans-Iranian Railway (Islamic Republic of Iran); Cultural Landscape of Hawraman/Uramanat (Islamic Republic of Iran); Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, Northern part of Okinawa Island, and Iriomote Island (Japan); Jomon Prehistoric Sites in Northern Japan (Japan); Getbol, Korean Tidal Flats (Republic of Korea); and Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (Thailand).
The 9 new Asia-Pacific listings number among a total of 34 Cultural or Natural properties of ‘outstanding universal value’ newly inscribed across the globe. The Committee met primarily online this year, with China officially hosting from Fuzhou. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, nominations were taken up from a cancelled session of 2020, along with new nominations of 2021.
Now tallying 1,154 properties worldwide, the World Heritage List testifies to UNESCO’s steadfast commitment to the preservation, maintenance and sustainable cultivation of the world’s cultural and natural treasures as assets of ‘universal heritage’ for all peoples.
The complete list of newly inscribed properties:
The complete World Heritage List as of 31 July 2021:
Documentation of the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee: