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Three Day Workshop on Updating and Harmonizing the National Tentative List of Cultural, Natural and Mixed Heritage Sites in Pakistan Suitable for inscription on the World Heritage List of UNESCO

Islamabad - 12 June 2013: Ministry of National Heritage and Integration with the support of UNESCO has organized a workshop on revising the Tentative List of Heritage Sites of Pakistan from 12th to 14th June 2013.
Tentative List is an inventory of those properties which each State Party intends to consider for nomination for inscription on the World Heritage List, during the following years. States Parties are encouraged to submit in their Tentative Lists, properties which they consider to be cultural and/or natural heritage of outstanding universal value and therefore suitable for inscription on the World Heritage List.

Participants from all the provinces, Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Baltisitan have been invited to participate in the workshop and contribute in the exercise of exploring their Cultural and Natural Heritage and select the potential sites, they intend to inscribe on the World Heritage List. UNESCO's World Heritage Convention aims to encourage the state parties to identify their cultural and natural properties of Outstanding Universal Value and assist them in protection and safeguarding of these properties. Two experts from the UNESCO's advisory bodies including IUCN and ICOMOS arrived Pakistan to facilitate the workshop and the process of revision of the Tentative List.

"The Six World Heritage Sites of Pakistan definitely are great examples of Outstanding Universal Value but I would also like to see natural sites on the World Heritage List of Pakistan", said Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, Country Director/ Representative UNESCO at the inauguration of the workshop. She appraised the diverse Cultural and natural Heritage of Pakistan and anticipated to have a promising Tentative List as a result of this workshop.

Dr. Fazal Dad Kakar, Director General, Directorate of Archaeology and Museums welcomed the participants. Mr. Mashood Ahmad Mirza Joint Secretary Ministry of National Heritage & Integration also attended the inauguration and appreciated UNESCO for extending the technical and financial support to organize the workshop.