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United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
20 October 2008





Item 5 of the agenda
REPORT BY THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL ON THE FOLLOW-UP
TO DECISIONS AND RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED BY THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
AND THE GENERAL CONFERENCE AT THEIR PREVIOUS SESSIONS
REPORT BY THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF 34 C/RESOLUTION 47
AND 179 EX/DECISIONS 9 AND 52 RELATED TO THE ASCENT TO THE MUGHRABI GATE
IN THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM

ADDENDUM 3

SUMMARY

    This document is an addendum to document 180 EX/5 aiming at informing the Members of the Board of recent developments concerning the works taking place at the ascent to the Mughrabi Gate leading to the al-Haram ash-Sharīf in the Old City of Jerusalem and at proposing a draft decision in this respect.

    Decision proposed: paragraph 4.

1. The Israel National Commission for UNESCO forwarded to the World Heritage Centre, in a letter dated 31 August 2008, a document comprising the decision taken by the Jerusalem District Planning and Construction Commission on the town planning scheme for the Mughrabi ascent. This document also contains the 14 objections presented to the Commission at a public hearing on 20 May 2008 and the minutes of the discussions held during these public hearings. The Jerusalem District Planning and Construction Commission “decided to approve the plan for validity”, subject to a series of stipulations.

2. It is to be noted that as of 31 August 2008, one of the objectors has requested, and been granted permission, to appeal to the National Council for Planning and Construction. The discussion of this appeal is not envisaged before the month of November 2008 and the approved plan will therefore not be gazetted until after the results of this appeal. The Israeli authorities indicated also in their correspondence that in the meantime, no further works were being carried out on the site.

3. As per the request of the World Heritage Committee at its 32nd session in Quebec City (Decision 32 COM 7A.18 annexed to document 180 EX/10), the World Heritage Centre has prepared a fifth Reinforced Monitoring Report which was sent to the States Parties Members of the World Heritage Committee on 26 September 2008.

4. The Executive Board may wish to adopt the following draft decision:

The Executive Board,