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UNESCO mulls endangered status for Nepal

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jul 5, 2017-A team of UNESCO experts is holding a meeting in Krakow of Poland to decide whether the Kathmandu Valley, devastated by a massive earthquake in 2015, should go onto the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger.

According to Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster, the Kathmandu Valley could also be set to enter UNESCO's endangered designation.

“The valley area includes seven monument zones, three of which were badly damaged in the 2015 earthquake that killed more than 7,000 people.”

Buddhism and Hinduism flourished in tandem in the valley over centuries, producing a powerful artistic fusion. Joining the list could mean extra funding for rebuilding efforts.

“The body will also debate whether the Kathmandu Valley, devastated by a massive earthquake in 2015, should go onto the endangered list. Nepalis authorities, who fear such a listing would discourage tourists, are opposed to such a designation,” it said.  Vienna's historic centre could be added to the UN's list of endangered sites.

Meanwhile, Tourism Ministry Secretary Shankar Prasad Adhikari, on Tuesday left for Polish city to take part in the 41st annual UNESCO World Heritage Committee’s conference in Poland.

The conference will kick off on Sunday, bringing together 21 member states, more than 170 observer nations and many non-governmental organisations. The conference will end on July 12. 

Published: 05-07-2017 16:20

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