Australia opposes UNESCO endangered status for Barrier Reef
03 December 2022 | 2:30 pm
Canberra will oppose plans to add the Great Barrier Reef to the endangered UNESCO World Heritage site list. The Great Barrier Reef has been considered a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981.
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