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Author elsslots
#1 | Posted: 28 Jun 2015 12:16 
So the fun will start in a few minutes, with this year's broadcast of the WHC meeting.

The livestream in English can be followed here:
Hopefully it has a better bandwith than last year.

The announcement of the new WHS is planned for Friday - Sunday. Unfortunately I have to work all Friday, so I would be grateful if others can watch and add comments to this topic. This also counts for sessions earlier in the week, about the In Danger sites for example.

Author elsslots
#2 | Posted: 28 Jun 2015 12:19 
I browsed through the side events, and this one sounds interesting:

World Heritage and Aerospace History
"The German Commission for UNESCO, the German Aerospace Centre and UNESCO organise a Side Event on "World Heritage and Aerospace History". So far, there are no sites representative of the history of aviation and/or astronautics on the World Heritage list, but there have been several preliminary discussions and first ideas. Sites of aerospace history symbolize new dimensions for humanity, in understanding the globe as a joint home of humanity, in technological aspiration, in overcoming traditional limitations of mankind, and in intercultural dialogue. Its innovations have been made in a transnational process and involve leaving the Earth's surface. But there are also serious challenges. The side event will present an overview of the current debates."

Author winterkjm
#3 | Posted: 28 Jun 2015 13:20 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Fantastic video to open the meeting, and a short message by Prime Minister Merkel and Irina Bokova. The topic of the rampant destruction of heritage sites, particularly in Iraq and Syria, is certainly being highlighted. The disaster in Nepal is being used for a call to action. Germany has pledged its commitment to world heritage with the 5 C's - credibility, effective conservation, capacity building, communication and community building. Furthermore, Germany highlighted the tremendous destruction of heritage caused by Germany during WWII.

Beethoven, ballet, and choir performances transition many speeches.

Author clyde
#4 | Posted: 29 Jun 2015 05:14 
When do you think will we have the first inscriptions of 2015?

Author Solivagant
#5 | Posted: 29 Jun 2015 05:37 | Edited by: Solivagant 
When do you think will we have the first inscriptions of 2015

As Els said above -scheduled for Fri - Sun. But past experience shows that the Agenda timetable doesn't get followed- if I remember rightly last year they started late (still on Friday or was it Saturday?) and had to extend the meeting to Monday.
It depends I guess on
a. How obstreperous/ loquacious/ divided the WHC is.
b. How problematical the agenda items prove to be
b. How tough the Chairperson is.
Should be clearer as the week progresses?

Author hubert
#6 | Posted: 29 Jun 2015 08:31 
According to the WHC website, 36 sites are up for decision. Obviously Romania and Austria have withdrawn their nominations. And it seems that there are no re-submissions of previously deferred/referred sites (or are they listed under a different topic?).

By the way, the venue of the committee meeting is quite interesting: it was the home of the German Bundestag until they moved to Berlin in 1999.

Author meltwaterfalls
#7 | Posted: 29 Jun 2015 11:49 
World Heritage and Aerospace History

Finally! I really hope this becomes something that feeds through into nominations. Just bring on the working groups on heritage of spectator sports and oil and I will be very happy.

And thanks Hubert for sending me of on a wikipedia rabbit hole lead to the Hauptstadtfrage.

Like last year, I seem to have planned a weekend away during the interesting bits, so I will be relying on you lot to keep me informed :)

Author Assif
#8 | Posted: 29 Jun 2015 15:39 
And it seems that there are no re-submissions of previously deferred/referred sites (or are they listed under a different topic?).

Several sites previously deferred or referred:
Maymand - referred
Blue and John Crow Mts - deferred
Sanganeb - deferred
Ephesus - deferred

Author elsslots
#9 | Posted: 30 Jun 2015 12:16 
State of Conservation reports of sites In Danger are now discussed. I just missed the start of the discussion on Medieval Monuments in Kosovo. Anyone heard what it was about? The discussion is adjourned via an amendment of Germany.

Author kanfil
#10 | Posted: 30 Jun 2015 13:36 
Colombia's Los Katíos National Park removed from List of Heritage in Danger - See more at: r#sthash.ZSYh4rE1.tM0tHURd.dpuf

Author kintante
#11 | Posted: 2 Jul 2015 02:07 
Hatra is now officially in danger.

Author elsslots
#12 | Posted: 2 Jul 2015 14:09 
Sanaa and Shibam also in Danger

Author elsslots
#13 | Posted: 3 Jul 2015 03:43 
Discussion of new nominations will start now!

Unfortunately I have to go to work in 20 minutes, so I hope others will be able to follow today's meeting via livestream.

Author elsslots
#14 | Posted: 3 Jul 2015 03:50 | Edited by: elsslots 
name change for Holasovice

withdrawn: Targu Jiu & Mint of Hall

postponed: Iraqi Marshlands & Imperial Capital Cities Delhi

Author winterkjm
#15 | Posted: 3 Jul 2015 03:55 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Nominations are being discussed now. 9:55AM German time. First up, South Africa Cape Floral Region Protected Areas (Extension)


This first nomination should in all honesty take all of 5 minutes, but since its the first, all 21 committee members seem inclined to "commend" and "congratulate" South Africa. Hopefully, this is representative of this site being the first for the day! An additional 5-10 minutes on an apparent typo!

Inscribed. . .

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