Rare text: UN draft resolution rejects Palestinian bid to blame Israel for “endangering Church of Nativity”

Following is the United Nations draft resolution to be considered by the World Heritage Committee’s Thirty-sixth session in Saint Petersburg, Russia, 24 June – 6 July 2012. Item 8 of the Provisional Agenda: Establishment of the World Heritage List and of the List of World Heritage in Danger.  Source:  http://whc.unesco.org/archive/2012/whc12-36com-8B-Add-en.pdf

Property: Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem
Id. N° 1433
State Party: Palestine
Criteria proposed by State Party: (iv)(vi)
See ICOMOS Evaluation Book, Additional 2, May 2012, page 1.

Draft Decision: 36 COM 8B.5

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B.Add and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1.Add2,

2. Does not consider that the conditions required by paragraph 161 of the Operational Guidelines are fully met, concerning damage or serious and specific dangers to the Church of the Nativity that make its condition an emergency that needs to be addressed by the World Heritage Committee with immediate action necessary for the survival of the property;

3. Decides not to inscribe the Birthplace of Jesus: the Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem, Palestine, on the World Heritage List on an emergency basis;  […] Read more

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