UNESCO lists Yemen, Lebanon sites as world heritage in danger

PARIS: The United Nations on Wednesday (Jan 24) inscribed an historic metropolis and its dam in war-torn Yemen and a futurist park in money-strapped Lebanon on its earth heritage listing.

The UN cultural company detailed the two as globe heritage internet sites in danger, the 1st simply because of the conflict raging in Yemen considering the fact that 2014, and the 2nd since of “its alarming point out of conservation” and the deficiency of methods in Lebanon to maintain it.

Seven archaeological web pages were being added in Yemen’s province of Marib for bearing witness to the achievements of the Saba kingdom from the 1st millennium BC to the arrival of Islam in close to 630, UNESCO said.

The kingdom, regarded for the legendary Queen of Sheba, at the time managed much of the incense route across the Arabian Peninsula.

The newly detailed sites include the historical city of Marib, two temples and the continues to be of the city’s historical dam, a feat of historic hydrological engineering whose bursting is stated in the Koran.

The UN system explained it hoped the choice would support “mobilise the full intercontinental group for the defense of sites”.

UNESCO’s planet heritage committee also voted to add the Rachid Karameh Worldwide Good in Lebanon’s northern coastal city of Tripoli to the checklist.

The concrete park, a brief stroll away from the seafront, was designed by famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, but activists have warned it risked crumbling into wreck in current a long time.

“The truthful was the flagship undertaking of Lebanon’s modernisation coverage in the 1960s,” UNESCO said, describing it as “1 of the important agent is effective of 20th century present day architecture” in the area.

Its inscription as a entire world heritage internet site in threat “opens accessibility to increased worldwide aid” to maintain it.

Lebanese Primary Minister Najib Mikati, who hails from the town, welcomed the determination as “a good achievement for Lebanon and Lebanese, especially for the town of Tripoli”.

Activists experienced been hoping for a UNESCO listing to open up the way to donor funding to help save the park, in a country mired because 2019 in a single of the worst financial crises in modern record.