Ahmedabad takes giant leap, becomes India’s first World Heritage City declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
It was declared world heritage city at the 41st session of Unesco’s world heritage committee meet in Karkow in Poland on July 8, 2017.
In 1984, the first study for conserving heritage structures was carried out in the city. A heritage cell was also set up by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).
The city had featured in UNESCO’s tentative list of world heritage cities on March 31, 2011.
The nomination of Ahmedabad was supported by close to 20 countries.
The countries unanimously supported Ahmedabad citing a secular co-existence of Islamic, Hindu and Jain communities along with exemplary architecture of intricately carved wooden havelis dating back hundreds of years.
The countries also recognized that the city was a cradle for India’s non-violent freedom struggle led by Mahatma Gandhi.
It will now join the likes of Paris, Cairo and Edinburgh. Of the 287 world heritage cities across the globe, there were only two cities in the Indian subcontinent Bhaktpur in Nepal and Galle in Sri Lanka. The UNESCO tag will add immense value to the city and boost tourism.
UNESCO The World Heritage Committee
The World Heritage Committee meets once a year, and consists of representatives from 21 of the States Parties to the Convention elected by their General Assembly. At its first session, the Committee adopted its Rules of Procedure of the World Heritage Committee.
The World Heritage Committee is the group which decides on the places to be listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It makes sure that the agreements in World Heritage Convention are followed. It also decides how the money in the World Heritage Fund is spent. The committee has 21 members who are elected from the 188 countries that have agreed to the World Heritage Convention.
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