UNESCO: Asmara to become World Heritage Site by July 2017
Eritrean delegation at the 40th Session of UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Istanbul (Credit: Turkish Embassy Asmara)
An Eritrean Delegation is currently participating in the 40th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Istanbul, Turkey (10-20 July 2016).
The Committee is considering proposals to inscribe 29 sites on UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List.
Candidature of the city of Asmara was submitted to the World Heritage List on the 1 February 2016 and Asmara's application is expected to be approved by July 2017.
Making the respected list is hugely important for Asmara, as it can prompt tourism to the city as well provide financial means for preservation. Nine natural, 16 cultural, and four mixed sites have been nominated for examination this year.
The committee will also inspect the conservation of 108 existing World Heritage sites as well as the 48 sites on the World Heritage in Danger List.
Source: Turkish Embassy in Asmara
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