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Promotional meeting for the Polish edition of "Managing Cultural World Heritage – World Heritage resource manual”

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:00
The National Heritage Board of Poland is honoured to host a Promotional meeting of the Polish edition of "Managing Cultural World Heritage – World Heritage resource manual”, which will take place on 26 and 27 November 2015 in Katowice (Poland). The programme of the meeting is divided into three thematic blocks: The promotion of "Managing Cultural World Heritage – World Heritage resource manual” During this block the publishers – UNESCO World Heritage Centre and ...
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4th Silk Roads Serial World Heritage Nomination Coordinating Committee Meeting

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 08:00
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre, in cooperation with the Kazakhstan National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the UNESCO Japanese Funds-in-Trust and the UNESCO Korean Funds-in-Trust Silk Roads projects, is organizing the 4th Meeting of the Coordinating Committee of the Silk Roads Serial World Heritage Nomination from 24 to 26 November 2015 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Together with 5 Central Asian countries and China, UNESCO has coordinated the preparation of the transnational serial ...
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20th General Assembly of the World Heritage Convention adopts new policy on sustainable development

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 08:00
On 19 November 2015, the 20th General Assembly of the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention adopted a Policy on the integration of a sustainable development perspective into the processes of the Convention. The overall goal of the policy is to assist States Parties, practitioners, institutions, communities and networks, through appropriate guidance, to harness the potential of World Heritage properties and heritage in general, to contribute to sustainable development and therefore ...
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HIA & EIA Discussion held at World Heritage General Assembly Side Event

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 21:30
The World Heritage Centre, with the participation of ICOMOS, IUCN and ICCROM, organized a side event on Heritage Impact Assessments (HIAs) and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) on the occasion of the 20th session of the General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention (UNESCO Headquarters, 18-20 November 2015). More than 80 representatives of States Parties to the Convention gathered to learn, discuss, and share experiences concerning these key tools in achieving a ...
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Reactive Monitoring Mission to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage property (Australia)

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 05:00
A reactive monitoring mission by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) to the assess the state of conservation of the "Tasmanian Wilderness” World Heritage site will take place from 23 to 29 November, at the invitation of Australia and in keeping with the request made by the World Heritage Committee at its 39th session in 2015. In line with World Heritage Committee Decision 39 COM 7B.35 (see ...
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Nine new members elected to World Heritage Committee

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 04:00
The 20th General Assembly of the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention met from 18 to 20 November 2015 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, under the chairmanship of H.E. Mr Jose Filipe Mendes Moraes Cabral, Ambassador Extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Portugal to France, convening the 191 States Parties to the World Heritage Convention.  During the session, the States Parties elected new members to the World Heritage Committee, and discussed the World ...
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UNESCO Director-General condemns the murder of a guard at Okapi Wildlife Reserve, World Heritage site

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 02:00
On November 13, 2015, a guard of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) was the victim of an attack that cost him his life at the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He was deployed to a post at Zunguluka, one of the entrances to the park, when he was targeted by a group of armed militiamen (Mai Mai). "I strongly condemn this murder and I express my deepest condolences to the family and to those ...
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World Heritage Youth Project on Marine Biodiversity & Climate Change in Panama: Call for Participants

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 23:00
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is pleased to announce the Call for Participants for the Caribbean World Heritage Youth Project on Marine Biodiversity & Climate Change in Panama. The UNESCO World Heritage Centre in cooperation with Mar Viva Foundation will organise the Youth Project from 25 (arrival 24) to 29 (departure 30) January 2016 in Panama. We welcome the participation of all interested members of youth organizations. With the aim of creating stronger links between ...
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TV weather presenters interpret climate change impacts on World Heritage sites

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 08:00
The World Meteorological Organization is launching a series of climate change videos featuring TV weather presenters ahead of the COP21 climate conference (21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) to be held in France from 30 November to 11 December 2015. If humanity's greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, the average temperature of the Earth's lower atmosphere could rise by more than 4°C ...
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International Conference on Risk Management for World Heritage

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 08:00
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of UNESCO, the Czech National Heritage Institute is hosting an international conference on risk factors observed during periodic, annual or ad hoc monitoring, in the Czech Republic and abroad. This conference brings attention to the organisation's wide scope of action in World Heritage protection. Its aim is to define the risk factors to World Heritage in the Czech Republic, and to show examples of how they can be avoided, how successful we can ...
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May 5th: African World Heritage Day

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 00:30
On 16 November 2015, the 38th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO adopted a resolution proclaiming May 5th as African World Heritage Day, in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of UNESCO's decision to create the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) (2006-2016). This Resolution, in line with UNESCO's Priority Africa programme, is aimed to increase international awareness of African heritage. It will foster cooperation on the local, regional, and global scale ...
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Director of UNESCO World Heritage Centre meets with Haitian Minister of Culture

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 08:00
On 17 November 2015, the Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Mechtild Rössler and her team met with the Haitian Minister of Culture, Ms Dithny Joan RATON. Discussions focused on strengthening cooperation in the field of World Heritage, including projects at the Citadel (of the National History Park – Citadel, Sans Souci, Ramiers World Heritage site) and the need to revise the country's Tentative List. Upstream support and advisory missions were also ...
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20th General Assembly of States Parties

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 08:00
The 20th session of the General Assembly will take place on 19th November 2015 (am) in Room XII and on 18th (pm) and 20th November 2015 in Room II at UNESCO Headquarters. In accordance with Article 8, paragraph 1 of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, the General Assembly of States Parties to the Convention will hold its 20th session during the 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO.
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The Director-General of UNESCO expresses solidarity with France following the attacks in Paris

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Sat, 11/14/2015 - 08:00
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today condemned the attacks, unprecedented in the history of France, perpetrated in Paris on 13 November. Ms Bokova said, "On behalf of UNESCO and in my own name, I present my most heartfelt condolences to the people of France and to all the mourning families so terribly bereft by these barbaric acts. This crime affects us all. It represents an attack against the whole of humanity.” "Less than one year after the violent attacks in ...
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UNESCO celebrates 10 years of achievements of the African World Heritage Fund

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 08:00
On the occasion of the 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Stanley Mutumba Simataa, President of the 38th session of the General Conference, and His Excellency Mr. Jean-Marie Adoua, President of the African Group, hosted a side event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the creation of the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and the proclamation of May 5th as the African World Heritage Day. This event celebrated the AWHF's ...
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Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities gives $200,000USD for Arab States World Heritage sites conservation

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 07:00
On 12 November 2015, H.E. Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities and Chairperson of the Board of the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH), presented a contribution of $200,000 USD to Mounir Bouchenaki, Director of ARC-WH to support the implementation of  the Arab States Regional Programme. Mechtild Rössler, Director of the World Heritage Centre, thanked them for their support and this generous contribution. ...
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Launch of activities for the 10th Anniversary of the African World Heritage Fund

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 02:00
In 2016, over 54 of African Member States of UNESCO will be commemorating the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Fund by addressing challenges, opportunities and prospects they are facing in the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention.In the framework of the 38th session of the General Conference, the UNESCO African Group, together with the World Heritage Center, is organising a commemoration for the 10th anniversary of the creation of the African World Heritage Fund ...
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UNESCO and IUCN welcome new no-go pledge for World Heritage sites by Tullow Oil

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 08:00
UNESCO's World Heritage Centre and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, the official advisory body on natural World Heritage, have welcomed a new commitment by British company Tullow Oil plc to stay out of World Heritage sites. The firm had received a licence to explore for oil in an area overlapping Kenya's World Heritage-listed Lake Turkana National Parks. The World Heritage Committee appealed to Tullow in 2012 and 2013 to subscribe to ‘no-go' in World ...
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World Heritage Centre Director and Panama Minister of Environment discuss conservation issues in Coiba National Park

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 08:00
On 10 November 2015, World Heritage Centre Director Mechtild Rössler, and Panama Minister of Environment Mirei Endara, met for the first time since the establishment of the new government in Panama. The meeting focused on conservation issues in Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection and the forthcoming mission to the transboundary site (with Costa Rica) Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves/ La Amistad National Park. Following an WHC/IUCN mission to Coiba National ...
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Syrian Antiquities Director attends General Conference and meets with UNESCO Director-General to discuss heritage protection

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 07:00
Today Mr Mamoun Abdulkarim, Director-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM, Syrian Arab Republic) met with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, Assistant Director-General for Culture Francesco Bandarin, and Director of the World Heritage Centre Mechtild Rössler, as well as experts in the field of heritage conservation. Discussions focused on the state of the art of cultural heritage in Syria, the measures taken by the DGAM for its protection in times of conflict, risk preparedness ...
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