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Submitting the nomination of Ogasawara Islands for an inscription on the World Heritage List

January 18, 2010

The MOE, Forestry Agency, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Ogasawara Village had been preparing the nomination of Ogasawara Islands with unique geological history and biological evolutionary process, for an inscription on the World Heritage List based on the World Heritage Convention. The Japanese Government decided to submit the nomination document to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, today. The documents will be sent to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) which is an advisory body for the World Heritage Committee. Then IUCN will conduct a field survey in Ogasawara this summer. The Committee will examine the nomination and make a decision whether to inscribe Ogasawara Islands on the list based on the evaluation conducted by IUCN.


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