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China denies politics behind UNESCO move on Barrier Reef

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 19, Jul 2021
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Context: UNESCO said the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) should be put on a list of World Heritage Sites that are "in danger" due to the damage it has suffered.

China Angle: Deputy Education Minister Tian Xuejun is chairing the meeting of the UN cultural agency’s heritage committee that will decide the faith of GBR.

About World Heritage Committee

  • The World Heritage Committee meets once a year, and consists of representatives from 21 of the States Parties to the Convention elected by their General Assembly.
  • The Committee is responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, defines the use of the World Heritage Fund and allocates financial assistance upon requests from States Parties.
  • It has the final say on whether a property is inscribed on the World Heritage List.
  • It examines reports on the state of conservation of inscribed properties and asks States Parties to take action when properties are not being properly managed.
  • It also decides on the inscription or deletion of properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Strategic Objectives (5Cs) of the World Heritage Convention

  • Credibility: Strengthen the Credibility of the World Heritage List.
  • Conservation: Ensure the effective Conservation of World Heritage properties.
  • Capacity-building: Promote the development of Capacity-building measures.
  • Communication: Increase public awareness, involvement and support for World Heritage through Communication.
  • Communities: Enhance the role of Communities in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.

The 21 States Parties of the current World Heritage Committee

  • Australia, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil, China, Egypt
  • Ethiopia, Guatemala, Hungary
  • Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Nigeria
  • Norway, Oman, Russian Federation
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia
  • South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Uganda