World Heritage Committee members explained progress of listing Bagan as UNESCO World Heritage site

Deputy Minister U Kyi Min delivers the speech the meeting for listing Bagan as a UNESCO World Heritage site. PHOTO: HLA MOE
Deputy Minister U Kyi Min delivers the speech the meeting for listing Bagan as a UNESCO World Heritage site. PHOTO: HLA MOE

A meeting to discuss the progress for listing Bagan as a UNESCO World Heritage site was held at the National Museum in Yangon yesterday.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture U Kyi Min, Myanmar Ambassadors from 21countries member to the World Heritage Committee, Ambassadors and officials from donor countries of Japan, China, South Korea, India, Germany, Italy, Columbia, Switzerland, Canada, France, and USA, and officials from UNESCO, JICA and World Bank affiliated organizations, Bagan in our Heart implementation group, and the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture.
Deputy Minister U Kyi Min delivered a speech at the meeting. He said the historical buildings and monuments of Bagan are a priceless heritage to our country and receives national-level preservation efforts. He said his ministry submitted the proposal to include Bagan as a UNESCO World Heritage site in January 2018 and international experts have already came and conducted field inspections.
He said cooperation to preserve Bagan’s heritage and uplift the image of the nation was started as early as 2014 between the governments, local residents and organizations situated in Mandalay and Magway regions, CSOs, local and foreign experts, relevant departments, and UNESCO.
The Deputy Minister said the 43rd meeting of the World Heritage Committee will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 30 June to 10 July 2019. He said he has high hopes for a decision regarding Bagan to be included in the world heritage list during that meeting. He wholeheartedly thanked UNESCO, the Italian government, the World Bank, and local and foreign experts for their contribution in compiling a comprehensive proposal for adding Bagan as a world heritage site.
Next, the Director-General of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum explained the tasks for including Bagan as a world heritage site, and the Director of the World Heritage Division explained Bagan’s integrity and value, and future tasks for proposing inclusion as a world heritage.
This was followed by U Myo Swe Than, professional designer of the Bagan in our Heart implementation group, explaining the photo exhibition and tasks accomplished for Bagan. —Myat Sandi (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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