24 Jun 2013

Fiji's Levuka listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site

8:06 am on 24 June 2013

The Fiji town Levuka has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The announcement was made in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh over the weekend, to the delight of the Fiji contingent in attendance.

The nomination to list the town was made two years ago, and was made by the Department of National Heritage, Culture and Arts under Fiji's Ministry of Education.

Fiji's Permanent Representative to UNESCO and Ambassador to Belgium, Peceli Vocea says the historical port town of Levuka now ranks side-by-side with the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal and the Sydney Opera House as one of the great heritage wonders of the world.

He says it's a moment of great pride for the people of Levuka and Fiji and a dream come true.

Fiji ratified the 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1990.