Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/26/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

UNESCO World Heritage Committee meets in Cambodia for annual session

Nineteen new sites "of outstanding universal value" has been added to UNESCO's World Heritage list -- the top honor for monuments, buildings, sites or natural features. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO World Heritage Committee is scheduled to meet in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh for its 37th annual session.

Fiji's Levuka Historical Port Town, with its low line of buildings set among coconut and mango trees along the beach front was the first colonial capital of Fiji, has been granted protected status.

Fiji's Levuka Historical Port Town, with its low line of buildings set among coconut and mango trees along the beach front was the first colonial capital of Fiji, has been granted protected status.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/26/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Green

Keywords: UNESCO, protected sites, Fiji, Qatar, history


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic online) - It's an exciting year for Qatar and Fiji, which are celebrating the addition of their first World Heritage sites. Of the reported 34 sites up for consideration, Italy and China led the pack with two new inscriptions apiece.
 
Of the two nations now granted protected status, Fiji's Levuka Historical Port Town, with its low line of buildings set among coconut and mango trees along the beach front was the first colonial capital of Fiji, ceded to the British in 1874. It developed from the early 19th century as a centre of commercial activity by Americans and Europeans who built warehouses, stores, port facilities, residences, and religious, educational and social institutions around the villages of the South Pacific Island's indigenous population.

In addition, the Al Zubarah Archaeological Site is a ruined and deserted town located on the north western coast of the Qatar peninsula in the Madinat ash Shamal municipality. Zubarah was once a thriving pearl fishing and trading port positioned midway between the Strait of Hormuz and the west arm of the Persian Gulf. It is one of the largest and best preserved examples of an 18th-19th century merchant town in the Gulf.

Other sites include Japan's Mount Fuji, Namibia's Namib Sand Sea, the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station in Canada and North Korea's Kaesong Fortress.

A full list of the 19 sites granted UNESCO World Heritage status by the committee follows below"

1. Xinjiang Tianshan, in China
2. Mount Etna, in Italy
3. El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, in Mexico
4. Namib Sand Sea, in Namibia
5. Tajik National Park, in Tajikistan
6. Red Bay Basque Whaling Station, in Canada
7. Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, in China
8. Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong, in North Korea
9. Levuka Historical Port Town, in Fiji
10. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, in Germany
11. Hill Forts of Rajashtan, in India
12. Golestan Palace, in Iran
13. Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany, in Italy
14. Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration, in Japan
15. Historic Centre of Agadez, in Niger
16. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region, in Poland and Ukraine
17. University of Coimbra -- Alta and Sofia, in Portugal
18. Al Zubarah Archaeological Site, in Qatar
19. Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora, in Ukraine

The UNESCO World Heritage List features 981 sites from 160 countries that are party to the World Heritage Convention. Of these, 759 are cultural, 193 natural and 29 mixed properties.

On a note of pressing urgency, the UNESCO committee made a few changes to its "List of World Heritage in Danger." Iran's Bam citadel was removed from the danger list while East Rennell of the Solomon Island was added, along with the six World Heritage sites in war-torn Syria.

UNESCO's World Heritage Committee has put off its decision on whether to place the Great Barrier Reef on the "in danger" list until 2014.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for January 2015
General Intention:
That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace.
Missionary Intention: That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.



Comments


More Green

As world warms up, Iceland is RISING; soil pushed up by melting icecaps Watch

Image of There is geological evidence in Iceland that during the past deglaciation roughly 12,000 years ago, volcanic activity in some regions of Iceland increased thirtyfold.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Global climate change has many fearful that nations' coastlines will eventually be washed away to sea. In Iceland, the opposite appears to be true -- The Earth's crust there is rising. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A recent study has found that as ice melts ... continue reading


You could be the reason fish are vanishing from the oceans! The shocking reality and consequences of harvesting fish into extinction Watch

Image of Researches estimate, oceans may be virtually emptied by 2050.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids; health experts and doctors consistently urge large consumptions of fish every day. However, the populations of fish are rapidly dropping due to massive amounts of human harvesting. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The oceans can ... continue reading


OUT OF THIS WORLD VIDEO: Monster leech swallows giant worm caught on camera Watch

Image of Filmed for the first time on Mount Kinabalu, Borneo, for the BBC Two's TV special,

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In an incredible new nature video from the British Broadcasting Company, or BBC, a giant red leech is seen consuming a worm's body in its entirety. In footage that appears beamed in from another planet, the leech searches the worm's body for an end, and begins ... continue reading


The FRIGHTENING REALITY of sea level rise for United States' coastal cities: Where will they be in 30 years? Watch

Image of New York City is one of the coastal cities that will suffer with sea level rise.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In 30 to 40 years, the sea level is likely to be between six and 15 inches higher than it was in 1986. Flooding along the United States coasts will become more common and some coastal cities may even be left permanently submerged in water. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Why are California's giant trees DYING? Scientists rush to save these wooden giants Watch

Image of Many of California's giant trees are dying off, and scientists believe climate change is the primary factor, as smaller trees more adaptable to dryer and warm climates flourish.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Long home to venerable ancient Redwoods and massive pines, California may see an end to the giant trees that have been a hallmark of much of the state-especially the northern half. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Climate change may be the culprit, scientists ... continue reading


Trapped under 33 feet of ice, these miraculous creatures survive in perpetual night and freezing temperatures Watch

Image of Locked in a small pocket between 33 feet of ice and the seafloor, researchers have found a living community of fish, isolated from the surrounding ocean.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln made a miraculous discovery while drilling through a 2,430 foot thick sheet of ice in Antarctica, a fish that has been living in perpetual night underneath the ice sheet. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The ... continue reading


One third of great apes dead due to Ebola: Deadly disease making inroads on animal kingdom Watch

Image of Disease is not the only culprit. The great apes also are decimated by illegal trading in wildlife, deforestation, wars and other infectious diseases.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The much dreaded Ebola virus continues to ravage most of West Africa, -- and is taking its toll on humankind's closest biological cousins, apes and monkeys. One-third of all primates in the wild have died from the deadly virus since the 1990s. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Dealing with climate change requires 'real leadership': Romney takes Obama to task over failed green policies Watch

Image of Mitt Romney, two time presidential hopeful and likely 2016 candidate, spoke out on the issue of climate change, in a move likely intended to bolster support from moderate Republicans and independents who feel it is a major issue that needs to be seriously addressed.

By Matt Watterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Mitt Romney may not have officially announced his intention to run for president in 2016, but that doesn't mean the former Massachusetts governor and two time presidential hopeful isn't already hard on the campaign trail. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Massive oil spill in the Yellowstone River leaves many enraged and without water Watch

Image of Though it's not the first oil spill in the Yellowstone River, this incident left thousands without clean water.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An oil pipeline breach underneath the Yellowstone River on January 17 altered the lives of many people living near the spill. The residents of Glendive, Montana experienced great terror when oil began to erupt into the river and contaminate their water supply. LOS ... continue reading


Scientists warn of mass extinction event that may even affect humans! Watch

Image of Human pollution and exploitation fo the ocean is resulting in mass extinction for numerous marine animals.

By Matt Watterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new study out of the University of California, Santa Barbara is warning that the loss of individual animal species in the world's oceans is about to "rapidly intensify" because of ongoing pollution, exploitation and destruction by humanity. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


All Green News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Hebrews 10:32-39
32 Remember the great challenge of the sufferings ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 37:3-4, 5-6, 23-24, 39-40
3 Put your trust in Yahweh and do right, make your ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 4:26-34
26 He also said, 'This is what the kingdom of God is ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for January 30th, 2015 Image

St. Aldegunais
January 30: Virgin and abess, also known as Adelgundis, Aldegonde, or ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter