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In memoriam: Dr Ronald Van Oers

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 08:00
The World Heritage Centre announces with profound sadness the passing on 28 April 2015 of Dr Ronald Van Oers, Vice Director of the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for Asia and the Pacific Region, a UNESCO Category 2 Centre based in Shanghai, and a colleague of the World Heritage Centre since 2000. Ron was a brilliant professional in the field of heritage. He had a wealth of academic experience in teaching and research, including as a Research Fellow at Delft University of ...
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"Culture stands on the front-line of conflict - it should be at the front-line of peace building,” Director-General states to UN Security Council

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 08:00
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and the Secretary General of INTERPOL, Jürgen Stock, addressed members of the UN Security Council on "Combating the Destruction, Smuggling and Theft of Cultural Heritage” in countries where destruction of heritage, looting and illicit trafficking are used to fuel hatred and finance terrorism. The meeting, convened by the Permanent Missions of Jordan and France to the United Nations, co-presidents of the Security Council, came as ...
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UNESCO to assess the impact on Nepal's cultural heritage of the devastating earthquake

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 08:00
"As we are receiving more information from the ground, I am deeply aggrieved by the magnitude of human loss caused by the earthquake in Nepal. I am also shocked by its devastating impact on the unique cultural heritage in the country, in particular extensive and irreversible damage at the World Heritage site of Kathmandu Valley”, declared Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO. According to UNESCO's preliminary assessment on the ground, the monuments and sites within the ...
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UNESCO Director General expresses distress after earthquake in Nepal

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 08:00
The Director-General, Irina Bokova, has expressed her profound sympathy to the government and people of Nepal after the devastating earthquake that struck the country. "I wish to express my sincere condolences following the powerful earthquake that struck Nepal today, causing heavy loss of life and extensive damage, including to historic monuments and buildings of the Kathmandu Valley World Heritage site.  UNESCO stands ready to help Nepal reconstruct and strengthen its ...
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Great Apes Infographic Highlights World Heritage Importance

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 08:00
The endangered chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, and bonobos found at World Heritage sites in Africa and Asia underscore the importance of these forests and mountain ranges and are highlighted in an infographic released today by the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) and the World Heritage Centre of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Great apes occur in 16 World Heritage sites, including the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic ...
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Virunga: a challenge for conservation and sustainable development

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 08:00
A screening of the movie "Virunga” was organized at UNESCO Headquarters, attended by a thousand people, in the framework of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of UNESCO and the United Nations International Earth Day. The screening of the movie took place in the presence of the Director-General of UNESCO, Mrs Irina Bokova, H.E. Mr Bienvenu Lihota Ndjoli, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Chevalier François Xavier ...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre brings spotlight on marine World Heritage on Earth Day

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 17:00
UNESCO could not conserve the Crown Jewels of the Ocean without support from public and private partner organizations around the world. In a world that is for 70% oceans, it seems fitting to honor the ocean's most precious places on Earth Day. This year, we are celebrating Earth Day at a special event hosted in New York City by long-time partner Jaeger-LeCoultre. "Through this partnership, we want to draw attention to UNESCO and the World Heritage Marine programme and raise ...
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Vacancy: Local Facilitator to the Advisory Bodies

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 08:00
Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid Region: Local Facilitator, Albania IUCN Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe (SEE) is seeking to recruit an experienced and enthusiastic candidate to join the IUCN SEE team working on the project "Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid Region”, financed by the European Union and managed by UNESCO. This ...
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19th International Course on Stone Conservation

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 08:00
ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) and Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), in cooperation with the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome, are organising the 19th International Course on Stone Conservation.  The course adopts a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach and is designed for professionals involved in the conservation of historic stone structures and artifacts. The primary goal of the course is ...
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Inventory and cultural mapping of Sultanate's architectural and urban heritage

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 08:00
In 2008 the NGO "Collectif du patrimoine des Comores” launched an inventory and cultural mapping project of the architectural and urban heritage of the Sultanates of the Comoros, with technical and financial support from the World Heritage Centre within the framework of the France-UNESCO Cooperation Agreement. The Comoros put the Historic Sultanates on their Tentative List in 2007. In order to better understand and safeguard the architectural, urban and landscape heritage of the ...
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UNESCO Director-General condemns destruction at Nimrud

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 08:00
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today denounced further destruction at the archeological site of Nimrud in Iraq, shown in graphic detail on a video circulating on social media channels. "I condemn this mad, destructive act that accentuates the horror of the situation. It confirms that the terrorists are not only destroying representations of figures and bas-reliefs. With their hammers and explosives they are also obliterating the site itself, clearly determined to wipe out all ...
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Mayor of Istanbul and the Director-General celebrate the 30th anniversary of the inscription of the Historic Areas of Istanbul on the World Heritage List

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 08:00
H.E. Mr Kadir Topbas, Lord Mayor of Istanbul, visited UNESCO on the occasion of the Organization's 70thanniversary, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the inscription of the Historic Areas of Istanbul on the World Heritage List. On the occasion of his visit to UNESCO, the Lord Mayor of Istanbul participated in a round-table on heritage conservation in the face of the challenges of urban development and the pressures of demographic growth in mega-cities. The round-table was ...
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New management plan at Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park puts focus on Outstanding Universal Value

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 08:00
The Philippines' Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is a spectacular reef system in the famed Coral Triangle. The park encompasses 970 km² of coral atolls and deep seas 92 nautical miles from the nearest inhabited island. Managing this vast and remote area requires a focused management plan, and the Marine World Heritage Programme recently connected Site Manager Angelique Songco with Jon Day, previously of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, to strengthen the site's ...
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The Director-General of UNESCO calls for all Syrians to commit to the safeguarding of cultural Heritage in Bosra and Idlib

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 08:00
In the context of the recent escalation of hostilities in Bosra and Idlib, the UNESCO Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova, reiterates her call for the protection of Syria's unique heritage. "All Syrians must unite for the protection of their shared cultural heritage.” said the Director-General. "This heritage belongs to all Syrians and to all humanity. I call on all parties to refrain from using cultural heritage sites for military purposes and to protect them against any ...
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Study Days Programme of l'École de Chaillot: Action for World Heritage

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 17:00
In parallel with the 2014-2015 public courses, a digital version of the Study Days programme "Action for World Heritage” will be organized by l'École de Chaillot. They are dedicated to architecture and heritage students of l'Ecole de Chaillot, state urban planners, and also open to all heritage stakeholders in charge of the issues discussed.
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3rd South East Europe (SEE) World Heritage Youth Forum – Youth and Educators: Agents of Change

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 08:00
Within the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, the Third South Eastern Europe World Heritage Youth Forum is organized by the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO, in cooperation with the UNESCO World Heritage Center, the Regional Bureau for Sciences and Culture in Europe and North America (UNESCO Venice Office) and the UNESCO Center for Women and Peace in the Balkan Countries, focusing on the theme Youth and Educators: Agents of Change. It is a continuation of the ...
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3rd South East Europe (SEE) World Heritage Youth Forum – Youth and Educators: Agents of Change

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 08:00
Within the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, the Third South Eastern Europe World Heritage Youth Forum is organized by the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO, in cooperation with the UNESCO World Heritage Center, the Regional Bureau for Sciences and Culture in Europe and North America (UNESCO Venice Office) and the UNESCO Center for Women and Peace in the Balkan Countries, focusing on the theme Youth and Educators: Agents of Change. It is a continuation of the ...
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#Unite4Heritage campaign launched by UNESCO Director-General in Baghdad

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 08:00
UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, launched #Unite4Heritage at Baghdad University – a social media campaign to counter the propaganda of cultural cleansing and the destruction of cultural heritage, to support Iraqi youth and to mobilise young people across the world for its protection. The launch took place in front of students, government ministers and university officials. "Today, we send a clear message,” said the Director-General. "We do not accept cultural cleansing and ...
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area sets path for sustainable tourism

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 08:00
Ngorongoro Conservation Area joins Lake Malawi National Park, Maloti-Drakensberg Park (South Africa and Lesotho) and Mosi-oa-Tunya/Victoria Falls (Zambia and Zimbabwe) in strategic planning for sustainable tourism. The first capacity building workshop in sustainable tourism for the World Heritage site managers, community representatives and tourism industry stakeholders was held at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania from 10 to 14 March 2015. The event was hosted by the Ngorongoro ...
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"We stand together” to protect Iraq's cultural heritage, says French President with UNESCO Director-General

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:00
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and French President Francois Hollande today sent a strong message of solidarity to the people of Iraq and Syria, and reiterated the urgent need to safeguard cultural heritage of both countries. President Hollande and the Director-General Bokova met at the Louvre Museum in Paris, which houses several major works reflecting the splendid cultural achievements of Mesopotamia. Their meeting took place as news was breaking of the deadly attack in the Bardo ...
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