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World Heritage Committee meeting - report on the mission to Edinburgh

29 June 2009

World Heritage Committee meeting – report on the mission to edinburgh

Michael Russell, Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution, said: “Edinburgh has to balance being a city recognised for its historic legacy alongside serving as a thriving capital city for an ambitious nation.”

“The committee has recognised how much positive work is being done to ensure that remains the case. I am delighted that they also comment on the passion for the city that they saw in the people they met when Dr Rossler and Professor Wedhorn visited.”

“They stated then that the city’s World Heritage Site status was not in danger and we will consider these recommendations when shaping how we continue to manage this incredible city"


UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has considered the report written following a visit to Edinburgh in November.

The Committee meets annually, this year in Seville, Spain

Enquiries regarding the committee should be directed to Roni Amelan, UNESCO press office,

In Seville until 30 June: +33 (0) 61 54 30 212

For further information

Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07788 923873