Experts help ready Charlestown for World Heritage status

MyVueNews Staff-writer

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 30th January, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – Getting Charlestown, Nevis, to be inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a challenging journey, but a group of experts might help pave the way, according to Antonio Maynard, Secretary General of the National Commission for UNESCO.

According to Maynard, several experts from the International Commission of Monuments and Sites were commissioned to assess the proposed historic sites and zones.

Speaking to the relevance of the project, Maynard said, “This project is about sustainable development of small island developing states. It is about preservation, conservation and the promotion of the city of Charlestown as a world heritage site and a humongous cultural property. We are pleased to be undertaking this particular exercise and we look forward to working with you for the next two or three years,”

The team of experts were welcomed by Deputy Prime Minister Shawn Richards. He said, “The process is an important one and in whatever way I can give support to it, in whatever way the federal government can give support to the process, we will be doing so.”

The preparation work is being carried out by a special committee comprising: Ms. Evelyn Henville, Official Representative on the UNESCO WH Committee for St. Kitts, Dr. Everson Hull, Ambassador for St. Kitts and Nevis to the OAS, Mr. Percival Hanley, General Manager for Brimstone Hill Fortress, Mr. Antonio Maynard, Secretary General for the SKN National Commission for UNESCO, and Christian Goodwillie, Curator and Director of Special Collections and Research at Hamilton College and Consultant to the Nevis World Heritage Committee.

 

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