08 Jul 2012
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The 36th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in St Petersburg has now closed.  During the meeting the Committee added 26 new sites to UNESCO's World Heritage List - these include 5 natural, 20 cultural and one mixed site.  There are now 962 properties on the World Heritage List, across 157 countries. The Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore (Pakistan) and the Rice Terraces of the Phillipine Cordilleras (Phillipines) were removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger. Five sites were, however, added to the Danger List: Timbuktu and the Tomb of Askia (Mali), Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem (Palestine), Fortifications on the Caribbean side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo (Panama), and Liverpool - Maritime Mercantile City (UK). The next session of the Committee will take place in Pnomh Penh, Cambodia, in June 2013.