Barbados Labour Party reminds inactive Stuart administration where drive for City as U.N. Heritage Site began

Since pushing for BLP as in Electioneering mode, Owen Arthur reminds the inert DLP regime how Dame Billie Miller tirelessly fought to have the following achieved while in Office; "The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) wishes to commend the Government for continuing the process started by the Owen Arthur Administration in 1998 and which recently climaxed in Bridgetown and its historic environs being formally listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site."

By further pursuing the BLP’s initiative, the DLP Government has reinforced the principle that governance of a country is essentially a continuum, as well as underlined the fact that getting the ball rolling was an act of farsightedness by the Arthur government that, some 13 years later, has now placed Barbados in general and its heritage tourism service in particular, in an enviable position to enjoy considerable benefits from this world renowned listing by UNESCO.

The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) wishes to place on record the outstanding initial work in this process from Ms Allissandra Cummins, Director of the Barbados Museum. The eventual UNESCO listing involved the following stages:

  • 1998 – Barbados Delegation attends at Inscription of Morne Trois Pitons Site, Dominica and submits a report with recommendations to Cabinet to ratify World Heritage Convention.
  • 2000 – Barbados World Heritage Committee established as part of Barbados National Commission for UNESCO.
  • 2000 – National Commission undertakes comprehensive analysis of the requirements, implications, and expected benefits of five (5) International conventions for protection of cultural property.
  • 2001 – Report on legal analysis of conventions submitted to Minister.
  • 2001 – National consultations with UNESCO Heritage expert, and UNESCO regional director.
  • 2001 – Cabinet approved ratification of International conventions including World Heritage Convention (site list with potential for nomination)
  • 2002 – Barbados ratifies the Convention, along with 2 other UNESCO conventions, published Pathway to a Heritage Strategy.
  • 2003 – World Heritage Task Force established by Cabinet, Periodic report submitted.
  • 2003 – Participation – Harmonization of Tentative Lists in Kingstown (Saint Vincent & the Grenadines).
  • 2004 – Participation – Caribbean action plan in favour of World Heritage in Castries (Saint Lucia).
  • 2006 – Hosted Conference on: Outstanding Universal Value, Authenticity and Integrity in a Caribbean Context (Barbados).
  • 2007 – Barbados Elected to the World Heritage Committee for 4years.

The BLP calls on the government to take all the steps that only it can do to ensure that Barbados maximises this opportunity and that all other Barbadian institutions and individuals recognise and exercise their responsibility to play meaningful parts in protecting, maintaining and enhancing this new national asset that comes out of our age-old traditional way of life for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations of Barbadians and visitors to our shores.

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