The 34th session of the World Heritage Committee is presently meeting in Brasilia, Brazil. The session was officially opened by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and João Luiz da Silva Ferreira, the Minister of Culture, Brazil.
During this session of the Committee, 39 properties in 33 countries are being considered for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Three of these countries, Marshall Islands, Kiribati and Tajikistan, have no properties inscribed to date.
During her opening address, Irina Bokova stressed that properties are testing grounds for new and innovative protective measures that involve the surrounding communities. She said that the properties should be regarded as laboratories of sustainable development in practice.
The World Heritage Committee will also be reviewing the state of conservation involving 147 World Heritage properties. These include 31 sites that are on the List of World Heritage in Danger and another 36 that are causing serious concern.
To date, the World Heritage List includes 890 properties of "outstanding universal value". They include 689 cultural, 176 natural and 25 mixed properties in 148 countries. The properties that have been submitted for consideration into the World Heritage List in 2010 are as follows:
- Pirin National Park (extension, Bulgaria)
- Danxia (China)
- Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island (France)
- Phoenix Islands Protected Area (Kiribati)
- Dinosaur Ichnites of the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal / Spain)
- Putorana Plateau (Russian Federation)
- Monte San Giorgio (extension of "Monte San Giorgio", Switzerland, Italy)
- Tajik National Park, Mountains of the Pamirs (Tajikistan)
On 2 August, 2010, the World Heritage Committee announced the list of 2010 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which include 15 cultural, 5 natural and 1 mixed sites.
- Australian Convict Sites (Australia)
- City of Graz - Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg (extension of the "City of Graz - Historic Centre", Austria)
- Major Mining Sites of Wallonia (Belgium)
- São Francisco Square in the Town of São Cristóvão (Brazil)
- Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in "The Centre of Heaven and Earth" (Originally "Historic monuments of Mount Songshan") (China)
- Konso Cultural Landscape (Ethiopia)
- Episcopal City of Albi (France)
- Upper Harz Water Management System (extension of "Mines of Rammelsberg and Historic Town of Goslar") (Germany)
- The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (India)
- Matheran Light Railway (extension of the "Mountain Railways of India") (India)
- Sheikh Safi al-din Kha-nega-h and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil (Islamic Republic of Iran)
- Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex (Islamic Republic of Iran)
- The Triple-arch Gate at Dan (Israel)
- Fort Jesus, Mombasa (Kenya)
- Bikini Atoll, nuclear tests site (Marshall Islands)
- Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (Mexico)
- Prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca (Mexico)
- Seventeenth-century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht (Netherlands)
- Røros Mining Town and the Circumference (extension of "Røros Mining Town") (Norway)
- Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong (Republic of Korea)
- Church of the Resurrection of Sucevit,a Monastery (extension of the "Churches of Moldavia") (Romania)
- At-Turaif District in ad-Dir'iyah (Saudi Arabia)
- Palaeolithic Rock Art Ensemble in Siega Verde (extension of "Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley"), (Portugal, Spain)
- The Mercury and Silver Binomial. Almadén and Idrija with San Luis Potosí (Spain / Mexico /Slovenia)
- Sarazm (Tajikistan)
- Kiev: Saint-Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kiev Pechersk Lavra (extension of "Kiev: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kiev Pechersk Lavra"), (Ukraine)
- Darwin's Landscape Laboratory (United Kingdom)
- Ngorongoro Conservation Area (re-nomination under additional criteria), (United Republic of Tanzania)
- Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long - Hanoi (Viet Nam).