39th session of World Heritage Committee opens amidst continued threats to Iraq's heritage

The situation of cultural heritage in Iraq will be one of the recurrent issues of the discussions of the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee that will be opened this evening with a ceremony at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany.

Iraq’s Minister for Tourism and Antiquities, Adel Shershab is expected in Bonn tomorrow to attend the  launch of the global coalition for the protection of cultural heritage “#Unite4Heritage” with the participation of the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and Committee Chair Maria Böhmer.

The committee will also discuss the inscription of Hatra in the List of World Heritage in Danger, which includes World Heritage properties under great threat.  After Ashur and Samarra Archaeological City, which were inscribed in the Danger List  2003 and 2007, Hatra  would become Iraq’s third world heritage property flagged as particularly threatened.  Iraq’s fourth property, Erbil  Citadel, was inscribed in the World Heritage List last year.