The 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee in Manama which started on 24th June, came to an end yesterday. The next session of the World Heritage Committee will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan. During the session, the Committee inscribed 19 sites on the World Heritage List (13 cultural sites, three natural and two mixed sites, i.e. both natural and cultural). It also approved the extension of one natural site. The World Heritage List now numbers 1092 sites in 167 countries. Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai was also inscribed on the World Heritage List.
Also during the session, the Committee decided to inscribe Lake Turkana National Parks (Kenya) on the List of World Heritage in Danger, and removed the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (Belize) from that list of properties whose outstanding universal value is under threat.
A side event, during the session showcased UNESCO’s Revive the Spirit of Mosul initiative launched in February to rebuild and give new life to the second largest city in Iraq, much of which was destroyed between 2014 and 2017.
In the session, the global insurance industry committed to take various actions in order to prevent or reduce the risk of insuring and investing in companies or projects whose activities could damage World Heritage Sites.