Unesco's World Heritage Committee has added more than a dozen ancient or unique sites to its World Heritage list. The new additions
to the list—which offers legal protection for sites deemed to be of “outstanding universal value”—are in countries including Iran, China, Ethiopia, Azerbaijan and the Palestinian territory of the West Bank.
The committee, which is made up of representatives from 21 member states, is meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for its 45th session. On Sunday 17 September, representatives agreed to include 13 new sites on its list; they also voted to extend the status of two others.