UNESCO lists Yemen, Lebanon sites as world heritage in danger

PARIS: The United Nations on Wednesday (Jan 24) inscribed an historical city and its dam in war-torn Yemen and a futurist park in income-strapped Lebanon on its planet heritage listing.

The UN cultural agency shown the two as environment heritage web pages in danger, the very first for the reason that of the conflict raging in Yemen because 2014, and the 2nd because of “its alarming point out of conservation” and the deficiency of means in Lebanon to maintain it.

7 archaeological web sites had been included in Yemen’s province of Marib for bearing witness to the achievements of the Saba kingdom from the first millennium BC to the arrival of Islam in all over 630, UNESCO mentioned.

The kingdom, identified for the famous Queen of Sheba, at the time controlled significantly of the incense route throughout the Arabian Peninsula.

The freshly mentioned internet sites consist of the historic city of Marib, two temples and the continues to be of the city’s ancient dam, a feat of historic hydrological engineering whose bursting is outlined in the Koran.

The UN body mentioned it hoped the conclusion would support “mobilise the entire intercontinental community for the security of sites”.

UNESCO’s earth heritage committee also voted to include the Rachid Karameh Intercontinental Fair in Lebanon’s northern coastal city of Tripoli to the record.

The concrete park, a brief stroll absent from the seafront, was intended by legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, but activists have warned it risked crumbling into spoil in the latest years.

“The reasonable was the flagship challenge of Lebanon’s modernisation policy in the 1960s,” UNESCO explained, describing it as “a person of the key representative is effective of 20th century contemporary architecture” in the location.

Its inscription as a earth heritage web site in hazard “opens obtain to increased worldwide guidance” to protect it.

Lebanese Key Minister Najib Mikati, who hails from the town, welcomed the final decision as “a fantastic achievement for Lebanon and Lebanese, primarily for the city of Tripoli”.

Activists had been hoping for a UNESCO listing to open up the way to donor funding to save the park, in a country mired given that 2019 in one of the worst financial crises in current heritage.