3 июля 2012

On the discussion of Russian sites at the 36th session of UNESCO World Heritage Committee, St. Petersburg, June 24-July 6 зкщзцкешуы

The 36th session of UNESCO World Heritage Committee concluded its consideration of reports on the state of conservation of cultural and natural objects included in the List of World Heritage Sites and in the List of World Heritage in Danger on the 2nd of July. The Committee approved the inscription of a new natural site of Russia "Nature Park" Lena Pillars" in the List of World Heritage and confirmed the outstanding universal value of cultural category "Kremlin of Russia" which will be submitted for approval at the next session. Following the discussion the Committee took action on 10 Russian sites - "Natural System of the Wrangel Island Reserve", "Volcanoes of Kamchatka", "Lake Baikal", "The Virgin Komi Forests", "Western Caucasus", "Golden Mountains of Altai", "Kizhi Pogost", The historic center of the city of Yaroslavl, Historical and Cultural Ensemble of the Solovetsky Islands and Curonian Spit (Russia, Lithuania). This session of the Committee is held under the Russian chairmanship for the first time by the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to UNESCO Eleonora Mitrofanova. A high-ranked Russian delegation participates in the Committee's work and consists of major officers and experts from the Russian Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of natural resources and environment, Vice-President of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) D.E.Glushko and many other Russian specialists. The World Heritage Committee consists of 21 Member States of the UNESCO Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972). The Convention is one of the most effective international legal instruments of UNESCO and brings together today 189 countries. Russia joined the World Heritage Committee in 2010 and was a member of its Bureau on the 34th and the 36th sessions of the Committee. Information of the Permanent Mission of Russia to UNESCO