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Great Barrier Reef Not Granted Endangered Status After Australia Lobbied Against It

Unesco members voted against the label following intense lobbying by Australian officials 

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Great Barrier Reef off Townsville, Queensland in Australia.

Great Barrier Reef off Townsville, Queensland in Australia.

Photographer: Auscape/Universal Images Group Editorial

Australia succeeded in efforts to prevent the Great Barrier Reef from being listed as endangered by a United Nations organization after a diplomacy blitz.

Members of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization committee on Friday voted against proposals to add the landmark to a list of at-risk World Heritage Sites, a move that would have triggered demands for additional conservation work.