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UNESCO participates in the 10th World Urban Forum
The tenth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 10) took place in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) from 8 to 13 February 2020 under the theme "Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation”. For the first time, culture heritage, creativity and innovation were at the centre of discussions, showcased as key assets in achieving Sustainable Urban Development as set out in the 2030 Agenda.  The World Urban Forum is a conference on cities, organized by the United Nations ...
Grimeton Radio Station, Varberg celebrates World Radio Day, 13 February
Today is World Radio Day, proclaimed in 2011 by Member States of UNESCO, and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 as an International Day to highlight the importance of radio. Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity. At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium. This unique ability to reach out to the widest audience means radio can shape a society's experience and stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be ...
Historic visit by Director-General of UNESCO to Somalia to support human dimension of reconstruction through education and culture
Director-General Audrey Azoulay today carried out a historic visit to Somalia, the first by a Director-General of UNESCO to reestablish the long tradition of cooperation between UNESCO and the country after years of conflict. The Director-General held talks with Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire, Minister of Education, Culture and Higher Education, Abdullahi Godah Barre, and Minister of Women and Human Rights Deqa Yasin. "The human dimension is key to the country's peace-building ...
UNESCO expresses concern after the suspicious death of several guides in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (Mexico)
UNESCO expresses its sadness and dismay at the disappearance of Mr Raúl Hernández, guide of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (Mexico) and committed nature conservation activist, whose body, bearing signs of violence, was found on 3 February in the state of Michoacán.  UNESCO is calling for light to be shed on the extremely disturbing circumstances that marked his death, a few days after the as yet unsolved death of Mr Homero Gómez González, also an ...
World Wetlands Day 2020: Wetlands and biodiversity (2 February)
World Wetlands Day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Today's World Wetlands Day under the theme, ‘Wetlands and Biodiversity,' is an opportunity to highlight the importance of wetland biodiversity conservation. The significance of wetland biodiversity was stressed recently by the global IPBES assessment which identified wetlands as the most threatened ecosystem. This ...
Sadness and concern at the death of Mr Homero Gómez González
The Director of the World Heritage Centre, Ms Mechtild Rössler, and Mr Miguel Clüsener-Godt, Director of the Man and the Biosphere Programme, express their deep sadness and profound concern following the death, ascertained on 29 January 2020, of Mr Homero Gómez González, manager of a component of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (Mexico), property inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2008. Ms Rössler and Mr Clüsener-Godt recalled that the death of Mr ...
Auschwitz-Birkenau: UNESCO Commemorates 75th anniversary of Nazi camp's liberation
UNESCO's International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust will take place on 22 January and focus on the Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, whose liberation took place 75 years ago (27 January 1945). This year, the Organization will mark the anniversary at its Headquarters in Paris with a conference, a ceremony, and two exhibitions (which will remain on display until 30 January). The conference, Auschwitz-Birkenau 75 ...
In Memoriam: Dr Roland Silva (1933-2020)
It is with the deepest sorrow that we learned of the passing of Dr Roland Silva, former President of ICOMOS International (1990-1999) and its Emiritus President thereafter.  He died in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 1 January 2020 at the age of 86 after a brief illness. On this very sad occasion, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre would like to join Dr Silva's friends from all corners of the world in expressing our heartfelt condolences. In the 1950s, Dr Silva studied architecture and ...
Meeting of Director-General and Iran's Ambassador to UNESCO
The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, on Monday received Ahmad Jalali, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and discussed tensions in the Middle East with particular regard to heritage and culture. The Director-General recalled the provisions of the 1954 Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and the 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, two legal instruments that have been ratified ...
Launch of an Online Consultation on the updating of the "Policy Document on the Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage properties”
The World Heritage Centre has launched an Online Consultation with key World Heritage stakeholders on the updating of the "Policy Document on the Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage properties”. The consultation, which is taking place until 20 January 2020, will gather feedback and comments from key World Heritage stakeholders of the World Heritage Convention on this crucial matter. This inclusive online consultation invites States Parties to the World ...

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