The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Wednesday removed the city of Liverpool from its list of World Heritage Sites.
With a secret ballot, with 13 votes in favor, five against and two false votes, the group of the organization, at a meeting in Pujo, China, said that urban plans for Liverpool’s offshore (despite objections, approved this year) from the traditional security systems, including the new Everton FC football ground, result in the city’s history The “severe decline” of tradition and “Irreversible loss of properties that express exceptional global value“Do local.
Liverpool was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 for recognizing the architectural beauty of its Victorian docks and the city’s role as one of the most important ports in the world in the 18th and 19th centuries, making a significant contribution to the growth of the British Empire and the Atlantic slave trade. The area now classified by UNESCO stretches from the city’s waterfront to the historic shopping districts to St. George’s Hall.
Among the weighted factors at the end of UNESCO is the Liverpool Waters Urban Development Program, a project to renovate docks by building apartments, offices, shops and hotels, which UNESCO classifies as “detrimental to the reliability and integrity of space”.
The plan, which was announced decades ago, prompted Liverpool to add it to the World Heritage List in 2012. The UNESCO panel then argued that planning and constructing new buildings off the coast would change the city’s profile and destroy its traditional value.
In a statement to the press on Wednesday, City Mayor John Anderson “deeply disappointed and worried” He categorized it as “now incomprehensible” given that “a decade later the UNESCO Committee” finally visited the city to see it with its own eyes. “Our World Heritage Site has never been better, and has benefited by investing hundreds of millions of pounds in listed and public domain buildings.”
It should be noted that in addition to the ability of the UNESCO logo to attract tourists, the classification also provides access to the United Nations Security Fund.
Until now, Only two other sites are classified. Created by UNESCO in 1972 with the Convention for the Preservation of World Cultural and Natural Heritage, Wildlife Sanctuary in Oman lost its World Heritage status after losing hunting and habitat; And the Elbe Valley in Dresden, Germany, were de-listed in 2009 by the construction of a four-lane road bridge over the river.
Portugal is present 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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