The list of World Heritage Sites now includes 21 new sites, a UNESCO meeting decided Monday.
Of the newly listed, 15 are cultural sites, five natural sites and one mixed.
In addition, four new sites were included in the World Heritage in Danger list and one removed, namely the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.
These decisions were endorsed at the 34th meeting of the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The meeting will conclude Tuesday in Brasilia.
UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture Francesco Bandarin stressed the increasing participation of developing countries in discussions and the unprecedented expansion of the number of sites.
Before closing the meeting in Brasilia, participants will discuss regional reports and analyze a program that aims at supporting African countries to submit their inscription of sites in the World Heritage list.
They will also conclude the discussions on the criteria applied within the framework of the World Heritage Convention, the prospects for the convention, and the working methods of the committee.
A special issue on Palestine's cultural heritage will be covered, said Mounir Bouchenaki, a representative from the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property.
"We want to start an inventory of heritage in Palestine. There has been an informal discussion with the main parties involved to inscribe the sites," he said.
Some of the sites that could be included are Jericho City and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, both of which have great religious and cultural significance.
Also on the agenda of the meeting was the citadel of Sans Souci, the only Haitian site on the World Heritage list but devastated by the earthquake in January. About 75,000 U.S. dollars have been collected for its restoration.