20.06.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Brasilia is evaluated in the 37th session of UNESCO World Heritage Committee

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Gathered in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from June 16 to 27, UNESCO World Heritage Committee evaluated the conservation status of Brasilia and other World Heritage sites. Based in the report sent to the International Council of Monuments (ICOMOS) the Committee presented the decision with recommendations to the conservation and protection of attributes of the site inscribed in 1987 in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The Committee recognizes the importance of the information provided by Brazil on the progress towards the implementation of recommendations made by its reactive monitoring mission that visited Brasilia in 2012.  However, it registers the worry on the fact that the recommendations made by former mission in relation to legal, technical and institutional aspects are not sufficiently conducted.

Among other recommendation of the World Heritage Committee there are the following urges: to finalize the review of the Preservation Plan of the Brasilia Urban Area (PPCUB) and to ensure that adequate provisions are included to conserve and protect the attributes of the World Heritage property; to ensure that adequate regulations exist for the use of open spaces defined by the Plano in the review of the Preservation Plan of the Brasilia Urban Area (PPCUB); to formally establish and put in place the proposed Management Structure.

According this decision, Brazil may present to the World Heritage Centre until 1 February 2014, the proposals of the infrastructure development around the National Stadium Mané Garrincha (Brasília), as well as those related to the Public Transportation Strategy, to be revised by the consulting bodies before making commitments of approval or construction.

It also requests that Brazil presents to the World Heritage Centre a progress report until 1 February 2014, and an updated report on the conservation status of the site until 1 February 2015, for analysis of the World Heritage Committee in its 39th session in  2015.

The session that analysed the case of Brasilia had the participation of the Brazilian delegation composed by the Permanent Delegation of Brazil to UNESCO, the Ministry of Foreign Relations, the International Relations Advisory of the Presidency of the National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN) of the Ministry of Culture (MinC).

Complete decision of the World Heritage Committee:

More information at Iphan website:

Media contact:
UNESCO Office in Brazil
Ana Lúcia Guimarães, a.guimaraes(at)unesco.org , +5561-2106 3536

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