We talked above of the "spin" which countries apply to the news of failure to get their nominations inscribed. So Jeddah wasn't "rejected" - it was "withdrawn" to enable the ravages wrought by heavy rains to be repaired!!
Another one from India.
Western Ghats was "referred" - this is presented in The Hindu as a major triumph (and perhaps, given the track record of many Indian sites aspiring for inscription, it is!!) - "The serial sites of Western Ghats will be inscribed in the World Heritage List next year"
. That assumes of course that India will be able to cover the requirements leading to the "Referral" in time for next year - it will be interesting to see if this IS the case as "referral" wasn't IUCN's preferred decision!! The whole way in which the decision is presented is of course incorrect but, at least, a "Referral" rather than a "Deferral" means that IUCN inspectors won't be turning up again to be imprisoned by angry peasants (No mention at all of this Karnataka issue!)http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2132604.ece
(Later - a more realistic report from India of what happened to the Ghats nomination -http://www.deccanherald.com/content/171683/no-heritage-tag-w-ghats.html