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Liverpool stripped of its UNESCO World Heritage listing

July 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Buildings in Liverpool, including the Liver Building, are pictured across the River Mersey, from Birkenhead, north west England on October 13, 2020, as new local lockdown measures are set to be imposed to help stem a second wave of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday tightened virus control measures as the UK experiences a surge in cases. The northwest English city of Liverpool was the first area to be designated at "very high risk" under a new three-tiered system. From Wednesday, Liverpool will see inter-household mixing banned indoors and in private gardens -- while pubs, bars, gyms, betting shops and casinos will close. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Liverpool has lost its UNESCO World Heritage rating, after the committee deleted it from the list because of modern developments.

The port city in northwest England -- which built much of its fortune on slavery -- has been stripped of its coveted UNESCO World Heritage status, after a global committee decided that new developments in the city have taken too much of a toll on its historical fabric.

Previously, Liverpool had been one of 53 sites on UNESCO's World Heritage in Danger list -- a kind of watch list which allows authorities to seek global solutions to preserve the heritage at stake.

"We will be working with Government to examine whether we can appeal but, whatever happens, Liverpool will always be a World Heritage city.

"Any deletion from the World Heritage List is a loss to the international community and to the internationally shared values and commitments under the World Heritage Convention," UNESCO said in a statement.

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