UNESCO Announces New World Heritage Sites
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee inscribed 21 sites on the World Heritage List during its annual meeting on July 10 to 17 in Turkey.
According to the organization, the inscribed sites should meet one or more of the 10 criteria, which include representing a masterpiece of human creative genius, being an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement or containing exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance.
UNESCO's newly inscribed sites for the 2016 World Heritage List are the following:
1. Mistaken Point - Canada
2. Hubei Shennongjia - China
3. Archaeological site of Ani - Turkey
4. Gorham's Cave complex - UK
5. Archipiélago de Revillagigedo - Mexico
6. Khangchendzonga National Park - India
7. Antigua Naval Dockyard - Antigua and Barbuda
8. Le Corbusier Architectural Work - Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan and Switzerland
9. Stećci Medieval Tombstones - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia
10. Pampulha Modern Ensemble - Brazil
11. Ennedi Massif Natural and Cultural Landscape - Chad
12. Zuojiang Huashan rock art cultural landscape - China
13. Philippi Archaeological Site - Greece
14. Archaeological site of Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanada University) at Nalanda, Bihar - India
15. Lut Desert - Iran
16. Persian Qanat - Iran
17. The Ahwar of Southern Iraq - Iraq
18. Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay - Mukkawar Island Marine National Park - Sudan
19. Antequera Dolmens site - Spain
20. Western Tien-Shan - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
21. Nan Madol: Ceremonial Centre of Eastern Micronesia - Micronesia
The World Heritage Committee also included several sites to the List of World Heritage in Danger due to armed conflict, natural disasters and lack of economic resources among others.
Micronesia's Nan Madol Ceremonial Center is included in this list because of nature's impact on the site's stone structures.
Five World Heritage sites in Libya were also added due to the damage caused by conflict in the country. These sites are the Archaeological Site of Cyrene, Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna, Archaeological Site of Sabratha, Rock-Art of Tadrart Acacus and the Old Town of Ghadamès.