UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE FORUM TO OPEN IN ST PETERSBURG

ARMENPRESS
MAY 30, 2011
YEREVAN

An international forum of experts will open here on Monday to debate
various proposals to set the borderlines of such UNESCO World Heritage
site as the historic center of St. Petersburg and related groups of
monuments, as well as a final reading of the declaration on this site,
which has the remarkable universal value.

The forum is to last two days in the city on the Neva River. Leading
Russian and foreign specialists in the conservation of the cultural
heritage will participate in the forum. Executive Secretary of the
Russian Commission for UNESCO Grigory Ordzhonikidze and Director of
the UNESCO World Heritage Center Kishore Rao will deliver a welcome
speech to the forum.

High on the agenda of the forum will be the debates on various
proposals to set the borderlines and the buffer zones of the UNESCO
World Heritage site of the historic center of St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg specialists in the protection of cultural heritage have
been working on the issue already for several years. They have been
specifying the borderlines of the St. Petersburg monuments nominated
as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1990.

The experts will debate a declaration on the outstanding universal
value of St. Petersburg as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The St.

Petersburg specialists have drafted the document that constitutes
some kind of a visiting card of the northern Russian capital. The
declaration gives all the reasons in brief for declaring the city
as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The declaration reading negotiated
with international experts will be passed to the Russian federal
government. The final reading of the declaration is expected to be
presented at the 35th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee
in 2011.

The historic center of St. Petersburg and related groups of monuments
was put on the UNESCO World Heritage list at the 14th session of the
UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Banff, Canada, on December 12,
1990. This UNESCO World Heritage site is unique for the makeup and
scale of monuments and is situated in two Russian federal constituents
(St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region). The site is made up of 36
components and 136 elements spreading on over 26,000 hectares.

Meanwhile, the distance between the most remote elements of the site
makes about 100 kilometers and even more.