“During the painfully long and exhausting eighteen-hour flight back to Auckland, I had plenty of time to reflect on the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee in Manama, Bahrain.”
This broken wheel that is World Heritage needs to be remade.
“The Heritage List is not a beauty contest.” - Australian delegation. Haha yeah right!
If the decisions to inscribe are not impartial, and are in fact influenced by political pressures, then whose heritage are we prioritising and celebrating? And, perhaps more importantly, who is being excluded?
A behind-the-scenes look at a full day of the World Heritage Committee session.
Our first full day in Bahrain – exciting, tiring, nerve-racking, spectacular and many more adjectives come to mind when I reflect on yesterday.
“So where are you going again?”
To be honest, it hasn’t really sunk in that I’ll be getting on a flight this evening, travelling for 17hrs to Dubai and then another 2hrs to Bahrain. I’ve had work, been packing and sorting out logistics on my end so until I am standing in front of the international departure gates, this is all a dream.