EFESydney, Australia

The Australian government announced on Tuesday that it will challenge a recommendation by the United Nations that the Great Barrier Reef be declared World Heritage in Danger.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) indicated Monday night in the draft decision that the Australian government should have "stronger and clearer commitments" to protect the Great Barrier Reef, particularly from climate change, "but also towards accelerating water quality improvement and land management measures."

The decision will be considered by the World Heritage Committee when it meets in July.

In response, Environment Minister Sussan Ley announced that Canberra will "strongly oppose" the move, expressing it was "concerned about a deviation from normal process in assessing World Heritage Property Conservation status."