The Church of the Nativity, traditionally thought to be the birthplace of Jesus, is one of several sites to have been designated as a World Heritage Site and World Heritage in Danger in the same year.

Australia ‘s iconic Great Barrier Reef is set to be added to a list of World Heritage Sites ‘at risk ‘under a draft decision released by Unesco on June 21.

Australia is to challenge to revise a draft recommendation to list the Great Barrier Reef as a world heritage site “in danger” after a US panel called for more government action to tackle climate change.

Ley said the government will “vigorously resist” the recommendation and claims officials had been “stunned” at what environmental minister Sussan Ley called a “backflip on previous assurances” from U.N. representatives that the leap would not be taken this year.

Although Ms Ley did not name China, the World Heritage Council’s executive decision-making body is chaired by a Chinese official, and on May three she declared that the reef is not in risk.

The Committee is now headed by China and Australia as a member.

It is the second time that the reef has been threatened by its threatened listings.

The final agreement on whether the reef should be inscribed on the endangered world heritage list will be made by the 21 nations of the World Heritage Committee at next month’s intergovernmental meeting in Fuzhou, China.

Prior to the ruling, Committee members were urged by wildlife charities WWF-Australia and the Australian Marine Conservation Society to encourage Australia to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Great Barrier Reef

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The world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (wikipedia)

World Heritage Site

A World Heritage Site is a landmark or area with legal protection by an international convention administered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization . (wikipedia)


The United Nations Educational, (wikipedia)

World Heritage Committee

The World Heritage Committee selects the sites to be listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger, (wikipedia)

United Nations

The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization that aims to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, (wikipedia)