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47th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention
Today marks the 47th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention. This Convention protects the world's most outstanding places, belonging to us all. Where it all began The idea of creating an international movement for protecting heritage emerged after World War I. The 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage developed from the merging of two separate movements: the first focusing on the preservation of cultural sites, and the other ...
UNESCO closely follows tides and flooding in Venice World Heritage site
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is closely monitoring the state of conservation of the World Heritage site of Venice and its Lagoon.  Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1987, Venice faces several threats from overtourism, damage caused by a steady stream of cruise ships, and from the potential negative effects of new developments. The site is also highly vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change. The frequency of heavy rains and floods has increased in recent years in ...
New project announced for Renewable Energy Transition and World Heritage
UNESCO has been at the forefront of exploring and managing the impacts of climate change on World Heritage, and supports World Heritage sites on climate change adaptation and mitigation activities. The promotion of renewable energy production is of great importance, as this technology is among the key solutions for the mitigation of climate change and the promotion of sustainable development. The number of renewable energy installation projects in all the regions of the World Heritage ...
The 2019 UNESCO-Greece Melina Mercouri International Cultural Landscape Prize to be awarded 18 November
On 18 November 2019 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, the 2019 edition of the UNESCO-Greece Melina Mercouri International Prize for the Safeguarding and Management of Cultural Landscapes will be announced and the award presented.   Named after the illustrious Greek actress and former Minister of Culture of Greece, Melina Mercouri, the Prize rewards outstanding efforts to protect and manage the world's cultural landscapes?sites that embody an enduring, intimate relationship ...
UNESCO expresses solidarity with Japan as fire rips through World Heritage site in Okinawa
UNESCO offers its sincere solidarity with the people of Japan, and in particular the residents of Okinawa, who have lost a cultural and historical symbol of the Ryukyu islands. UNESCO stands ready to assist the authorities as needed. In the early morning hours of 31 October, a number of buildings, including Shuri Castle of  the World Heritage site of "Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu” (Japan) were damaged by a large fire. Damaged buildings, including ...
World Cities Day
The World Heritage Cities Programme supports countries in protecting and managing their urban heritage through theoretical application and technical advice.  More than 315 World Heritage cities function as inhabited urban centres worldwide facing the challenges of balancing heritage conservation with contemporary urban development.'Changing the World: Innovations and Better Life for Future Generations' is the theme of this year's celebration of World Cities Day and the ...
UNESCO deploys emergency mission to evaluate impact of floods in Historic Town of Grand-Bassam, Cote d'Ivoire
Recent flooding threatens the World Heritage property of the Historic Town of Grand-Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire. UNESCO is sending a mission to provide technical assistance to national and local authorities in assessing the damage and collecting all the data necessary for the preparation of a risk management plan that better takes account of the flood issue. On the weekend of 11 to 13 October, heavy rains fell on the city of Grand-Bassam and the surrounding region, causing the ...
Group of experts on Cultural Heritage meet at European Commission
The Deputy-Director of the World Heritage Centre, Jyoti Hosagrahar, represented UNESCO at the First meeting of the European Commission Expert Group on Cultural Heritage in Brussels. The event was organized by the European Commission and took place on 15-16 October 2019. The European Commission Expert Group on cultural heritage was set up with the aim of continuing the spirit of cooperation and policy dialogue that was achieved in the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. Representatives ...
Female military trained by UNESCO in protecting cultural property
Some 40 female members of the armed forces of Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan, as well as female peacekeepers from the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) came together in Beirut, Lebanon to discuss the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict.   The workshop, which took place on 1-3 October 2019, was the first UNESCO-organized event specifically focused on female military personnel. It aimed to increase women's participation in heritage protection, ...
UN, WWF and world's insurers unite to launch first insurance industry guide to protect UNESCO World Heritage Sites
The first guide for the insurance industry to protect our world's priceless and irreplaceable assets was launched today at a major event by UN Environment's Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) in São Paulo, Brazil, convening leading insurers, investors and banks. The pioneering guide, Protecting our World Heritage, insuring a sustainable future, builds on last year's launch of the first insurance industry statement of commitment to protect World Heritage Sites. The statement ...


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