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Crunch time for Gorham’s Cave

Gibraltar will find out this week if its UNESCO bid for World Heritage status of its ‘Neanderthal Caves and Environments’ has been successful.

The World Heritage Committee is meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, this week. Its 40th session was scheduled to begin yesterday and is expected to end 20 July. . Gibraltar’s nomination is expected to be presented towards the end of the week as part of its ‘Cultural’ agenda.

The Gibraltar Government and the team at the Gibraltar Museum led by its Director, Professor Clive Finlayson, who has been at the forefront of the nomination, will no doubt be keeping a close watch on the proceedings throughout the whole of this week.

The World Heritage Committee is examining proposals to inscribe 29 sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during its 40th session which will be chaired by Ambassador Lale Ülker, General Director for Overseas Promotion and Cultural Affairs at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The session is being held at the Istanbul Congress Centre.


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