The session commenced on June 30 and the ongoing annual summit in Baku will review 36 nominees which, if passed, will be inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. A total of 42 nominations were made for the current summit. Twenty-eight of the nominated files belong to the cultural site, while six are natural, and two are mixed [nature and cultural] monuments, Mehr News Agency reported.
High-level officials from UNESCO member states, including prime ministers, deputy prime ministers, culture, environment, tourism ministers, as well as heads of international organizations, heads of UNESCO advisory bodies, permanent representatives to about 70 UNESCO countries and specialists in architecture, heritage and environment are attending the event.
Iran’s ‘Caspian Hyrcanian mixed forests’ was introduced as a natural site for registration in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Iran currently has 22 historical monuments and one natural place registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Lut Desert, a large salt desert located in the provinces of Kerman and Sistan-Baluchestan was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List on July 17, 2016.