Thursday, April 26, 2007

Landmark Decision on the Old City of Jerusalem

UNESCO's Executive Board has adopted a decision reaffirming the outstanding universal value of the Old City of Jerusalem and the need to protect and safeguard this World Heritage site. The decision followed a special meeting of the Board – whose 176th session has been underway in Paris since 10 April. Israelis and the Palestinians worked together to ensure the protection of Jerusalem, an endangered World Heritage site common to all of humanity.
“The ability of the parties involved to achieve what, at the outset seemed unachievable, demonstrates UNESCO's unique ability – as a specialised agency within a reforming United Nations – to build bridges, generate solidarity, and, most especially, to help in our own way towards building a harmonized world, thus creating greater peace and relieving tensions in the Middle East.
Zhang Xinsheng
Chairman of UNESCO’s Executive Board

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