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  • For the first time, Jamaica is among the nations that are deliberating over nominations to Unesco’s World Heritage List.
  • This week in Qatar, the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee will meet to consider the inscription of 40 sites to the World Heritage List.
  • Jamaica is one of the 12 new State Parties which joined the Committee in 2013 for a four year term.

For the first time, Jamaica is among the nations that are deliberating over nominations to Unesco’s World Heritage List.

This week in Qatar, the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee will meet to consider the inscription of 40 sites to the World Heritage List.  Among the delegates are Dr. Janice Lindsay, Director for the Centre of the Arts at the University of the Technology and Ms. Tracey Commock, Director of the Natural History Museum of Jamaica at the Institute of Jamaica.

As members of the Committee, they will also examine sites, already inscribed, which may be placed on the list of World Heritage in Danger.

Jamaica is one of the 12 new State Parties which joined the Committee in 2013 for a four year term.

Jamaica’s nomination to the World Heritage List — the Blue and John Crow Mountains — is scheduled for discussion at the 39th session of the Committee next year in Germany.

The meeting of the World Heritage Committee follows the staging of the World Heritage Youth Forum last week. The Youth Forum was geared at raising awareness among young people of cultural heritage in their countries and explaining the role of public archaeology and local communities in heritage management.

Jamaica was represented in the Youth Forum by Marcella Phillips-Grizzle and Marlon Walcott.  Mrs. Phillips-Grizzle, a researcher at the African-Caribbean Institute of Jamaica (a division of the Institute of Jamaica) and Mr. Walcott, a final year International Relations student at the University of the West Indies, were selected by the Jamaica National Commission for Unesco based on their knowledge of and experience in Jamaica’s cultural heritage.