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Source: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
2 November 2007







47 Jerusalem and the implementation of 33 C/Resolution 501

The General Conference,

Recalling 33 C/Resolution 50 and 177 EX/Decision 19, as well as the provisions of the four Geneva Conventions (1949), the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (1954) and the related Protocols, and the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972), the inscription of the Old City of Jerusalem on the World Heritage List and on the List of World Heritage in Danger, and the recommendations, resolutions and decisions of UNESCO on the protection of the cultural heritage,

Affirming that nothing in the present resolution, which is aimed at the safeguarding of the cultural heritage of the Old City of Jerusalem, shall in any way affect the relevant United Nations resolutions and decisions, in particular the relevant Security Council resolutions on the legal status of Jerusalem,

Having examined document 34 C/15 concerning Jerusalem,

1. Expresses its sincere thanks to the Director-General for his sustained efforts for the safeguarding of the cultural and natural heritage of the Old City of Jerusalem, in compliance with 33 C/Resolution 50 of the General Conference, and reiterates its concern as to the obstacles and practices affecting the safeguarding of the cultural and natural heritage of the Old City of Jerusalem;

2. Taking note of the declaration by the Director-General concerning Jerusalem at the 172nd session of the Executive Board, which appeals to all parties concerned to respect the outstanding universal value of the Old City of Jerusalem, and to refrain from anything that may jeopardize the distinctive character of the Old City of Jerusalem inscribed on the World Heritage List and on the List of World Heritage in Danger, invites him to pursue his efforts with the authorities concerned in regard to the safeguarding and preservation of the distinctive character of the Old City of Jerusalem;

3. Congratulates the Director-General on his initiatives in favour of the safeguarding of the cultural heritage of the Old City of Jerusalem, particularly the finalization of the Action Plan presented in document 177 EX/INF.8, and thanks the Government of Italy for funding its elaboration;

4. Expresses its gratitude to the Director-General for the progress made towards establishing a centre for the conservation of Islamic manuscripts in al-Ashrafiya Madrasa within the Esplanade of the Mosques (al-Haram ash-Sharif), requests him to intensify his efforts in that regard, and thanks the European Commission, Italy, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Welfare Association for their support and their generous contributions;

5. Takes note of the information provided in document 34 C/15 concerning the establishment of an Action Plan based on the guidelines proposed by the International Committee of Experts on the Safeguarding of the Cultural Heritage of the Old City of Jerusalem, and the results of the missions on the spot;

6. Encourages UNESCO Member States to contribute to the efforts towards the implementation of the programme activities for the second phase of the Action Plan for the safeguarding of the cultural heritage of the Old City of Jerusalem as identified by the experts and the authorities concerned, notably through extrabudgetary resources;

7. Invites the Director-General to present to it at its 35th session a progress report on the implementation of the above-mentioned Action Plan, and decides to include this item in the agenda of its 35th session.



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1Resolution adopted on the report of the CLT Commission at the 22nd plenary meeting, on 2 November 2007.

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