39th World Heritage Committee

June 28th – July 8th 2015 World Conference Center, Bonn.

From June 28th to July 8th, the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee took place in Bonn, Germany, with representatives from the 21 States adhering to the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972) elected by the General Assembly of States adhering to the Convention. Based on the applications presented by the contracting States, it is the Committee’s task to identify any sites of exceptional universal value which are to be protected pursuant to the Convention, by including them in the list of World Heritage sites. Furthermore, the Committee monitors the state of preservation of the sites included in the World Heritage List and decides which properties included in the World Heritage List should be included or removed from the World Heritage List of Endangered Sites. During the 39th session the Committee decreed the inclusion of 27 new sites which are going to be added to the 1007 already existing sites.

The Committee inscribed a new mixed, cultural and natural site, to the World Heritage List: alongside 23 cultural sites: The World Heritage Committee approved extensions to three sites:

Italy, with 51 listed sites, consolidates its own record. In fact, in this 39th session, the Committee decided to include the “Arab-Norman Trail in Palermo, Cefalù and Monreale” in the World Heritage List, a trail which includes the Palazzo Reale, Cappella Palatina, San Giovanni degli Eremiti, the Martorana church, San Cataldo, la Zisa, Ponte dell’Ammiraglio, the Palermo cathedral, the Cefalù cathedral and the duomo of Monreale.

For further information: UNESCO website