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World Heritage Global Strategy in South Asia
UNESCO New Delhi and the Ministry of Tourism, West Bengal Government (India), in support of the Archaeological Survey of India, are organizing a sub-regional conference World Heritage Global Strategy in the context of South Asia on 21 and 22 February 2019 in Kolkata. The Global Strategy, launched in 1994 by the World Heritage Committee, has the aim to ensure that the List reflects the world's cultural and natural diversity of the whole humanity.  The objectives of the Conference ...
World Wetlands Day 2019: "Wetlands and Climate Change”
This year's World Wetlands Day under the theme of "Wetlands and Climate Change” highlights the importance of healthy and intact wetlands to one of the most pressing challenges of our times: climate change.  Celebrated annually on 2 February, the day the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands was adopted in 1971, World Wetlands Day is a success story of the international community ensuring efficient conservation and legal protection of wetlands worldwide.Covering a different topic each ...
Marine World Heritage 2019 Annual Report
Throughout 2018, the World Heritage Marine Programme led transformational changes at specific sites, furthered research on climate change impacts and advanced the fight against marine pollution. Download the Report The highlight of 2018 was undoubtedly the removal of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System from the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger. Lauded in the New York Times as "A Victory for Coral”, the success followed an intensive period of landmark conservation action led ...
Decisions adopted by Ashgabat Silk Roads Coordinating Committee
Following the Fifth Meeting of the Coordinating Committee on Serial Transnational World Heritage Nomination of the Silk Roads, 4–5 December 2018, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, the participants including national focal points and experts from thirteen countries, adopted a list of decisions for further activities to preserve and manage the Cultural Heritage sites along the Silk Roads. The 5th Coordinating Committee Meeting brought together about 40 national focal points and experts from ...
In Memoriam: Bradnee Chambers, 1966-2019
The staff of the World Heritage Centre would like to express its sadness after learning that Dr. Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), passed away on 23 January 2019 after a short illness. This is a tragic loss for CMS, all biodiversity related Conventions and the United Nations. Bradnee became Executive Secretary of CMS in 2013 and led the Convention through the Conferences of the Parties in Quito in 2014 ...
UN, WWF and world's insurers to develop pioneering industry guide to protect World Heritage sites
A pioneering insurance industry guide to protect our planet's most special places through its risk management, insurance and investment activities will be created in 2019 with leading insurers.  This follows the 2018 launch of the world's first insurance industry statement of commitment to protect World Heritage Sites developed by UN Environment's Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (PSI), WWF and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ...
The World Heritage Centre Dispatches High-Level Reactive Monitoring Mission to Shakhrisyabz (Uzbekistan)
Following the decision adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 42nd session (Manama, 2018), a high-level World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring mission, led by the Deputy Director of the World Heritage Centre, is being dispatched to the World Heritage property "Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz" (Uzbekistan) on 21-26 January 2019, at the invitation of the Uzbek government. The World Heritage Committee inscribed the Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz on ...
Changing the face of Heritage and Conservation in Africa: Experts Meeting to examine the new ICCROM Programme on African Cultural Heritage
From 9 to 11 January 2019, ICCROM organized an experts meeting at the Egyptian Academy of Arts in Rome to reflect on its new initiative entitled "Africa Programme 2020-2029: Changing the Face of  Heritage and Conservation in Africa”. The 15 experts representing cultural and heritage institutions on the African continent, ICCROM and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, shared their specific experiences and recommendations for innovative solutions to addressing development needs ...
Earth Skills Network training opportunities for African protected areas: Closing date 3 February 2019
The Earth Skills Network (ESN) is a unique collaboration between Earthwatch, UNESCO, IUCN and the business community. It connects leaders from the business and conservation community through mentoring and skill-sharing opportunities. The Earth Skills Network provides funded training in: business planning and effective management practices and, personal development of leadership capabilities, with 12 months of mentoring from an ESN corporate business mentor with who has significant business ...
Happy New Year 2019 from the UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Dear friends, As 2019 begins, I'd like thank everyone who has made efforts to protect World Heritage sites, whether by taking action at a property, making a donation for site preservation, or just by being a thoughtful tourist. 2018 was a challenging year with many threats to World Heritage globally. In addition to specific threats ranging from logging to overfishing, from ill-advised development projects to dam construction, from intentional destruction to damage through growing ...

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