UN adds Historic Centre of Vienna to list of endangered sites

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National Library, Vienna, Austria. Photo: UN Photo/ Rocio Franco.

The Historic Centre of Vienna has been added to the list of World Heritage in Danger because of a planned high-rise building, the UN announced on Thursday.

The World Heritage Committee is responsible for monitoring the conservation state of conservation of these so-called natural or man-made "wonders of the world" and deciding which places go on the list.

Typical threats that lead to danger listing include armed conflict, natural disaster, unplanned urban developments, poaching and pollution.

On the line from Poland, Isabelle Anatole-Gabriel, the Chief of Europe and North America Unit at the World Heritage Centre in UNESCO explained to Jocelyne Sambira the significance of this move.

Duration: 2’33”

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