1st Meeting of the Coordinating Committee

The Silk Roads are routes of integration, exchange and dialogues between East and West that have contributed greatly to the common prosperity of human civilizations over more than two millennia.With a view to protecting the cultural heritage properties along the land-route of the Silk Roads and accelerating the process for the Silk Road series to apply for World Heritage inscription, the “5th UNESCO Sub-regional Workshop on the Serial World Heritage nomination of the Silk Roads ” was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from May 18th to 24th, 2009. During the meeting, the Coordinating Committee, which consists of 2 representatives per country (from 5 Central Asian countries, China, Afghanistan, India, Iran, Japan, and Nepal), was established. The ICOMOS International Conservation Centre in Xi’an (IICC-X, China) will serve as the Secretariat of the Committee. It will have a first meeting in China in November2009. As the immediate follow-up to the Almaty Workshop, the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH), People’s Republic of China, in cooperation with UNESCO (World Heritage Centre and field offices in Asia) ICOMOS China and ICOMOS International Conservation Center-Xi’an,will organize the 1st Meeting of the Coordinating Committee on the Serial World Heritage Nomination of the Silk Roads in Xi’an, China, from 3 to 6, November 2009.