5. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation President, Michael Omolewa
6. Wide podium
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Michael Omolewa, UNESCO President:
"Your city illustrates the treasure of modern heritage. One of the most of under represented themes on the world heritage lists."
8. Various Bauhaus buildings
9. Set up shot City Engineer Danny Kaiser
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Danny Kaiser, City Engineer:
"What is nice is that the whole world now recognises that Tel Aviv culminates the main stream of the modern movement in one city. You can find in Tel Aviv the beautiful buildings which emphasises the international style from the Bauhaus school where people brought the new clean lines (models) to the new clean society, that was established here some one hundred years ago."
The White City, a collection of some 4,000 buildings in the boxy Bauhaus style that makes up the heart of Tel Aviv, on Monday became a UNESCO World Heritage site.
But much of this trove of modern architecture is a grime-covered gray, in desperate need of renovations for which the city has no funds.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation President Michael Omolewa said the city illustrated the treasure of modern heritage, before presenting the certificate to Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.
UNESCO is responsible for implementing the 1972 UN Convention on the protection of cultural and natural sites around the world.
Tel Aviv is only the second modern city to be recognised.
Founded in 1909, Tel Aviv took its character from the European immigrants who turned it into the modern cultural and economic centre of the country, standing in stark contrast to its ancient and biblical surroundings.
It was these immigrants, many of them students at Germany's Bauhaus school, who fleeing Nazi persecution in the early 1930s came to what was then the British mandate of Palestine, where they built their buildings in what is officially known as the International Style.
The beauty and uniqueness of the White City stems from its "garden city" planning and the adaptation of the European philosophy to the reality of this Mediterranean seaside city with its harsh light and hot and humid days.
Wide tree-lined boulevards create great squares.
Small intimate roads run toward central pocket gardens, creating both a bustling urban exterior and a quiet local feeling inside.
Architects used concrete to create clean-lined boxy three or four story buildings.
But since construction of these buildings ended in the 1950s, they have fallen into neglect.
The once white city is covered in gray grime.
Randomly placed air conditioners break the clean lines and plaster peels from the walls and some of the once elegant balconies have been enclosed with cheap aluminium shades.
With recognition by UNESCO comes the obligation to protect the new global treasure, but this may prove difficult.
The buildings belong to private owners and Israeli law requires compensation be given to those who lose valuable building rights if a freeze is imposed on additions.