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States Parties of Mexico and Central America adopt in Zacatecas "Action Plan for World Heritage” for next 5 years
Following the regional strategy approved by the World Heritage Committee in Decision 38 COM 10B.4 (Doha, 2014), and contained in the regional Action Plan for World Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean (PARALC), 2014-2024, a sub-regional meeting with the participation of Mexico and the countries of Central America was held in Zacatecas, Mexico. The objectives of the meeting were to reflect upon, analyze and debate the current challenges and opportunities in the implementation of the ...
Norwegian parliament adopts zero-emission regulations in World Heritage fjords
The Norwegian Parliament has adopted a resolution to halt emissions from cruise ships and ferries in the West Norwegian Fjords - Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord World Heritage site by 2026 at the latest. This will make the fjords among the world's first zero emission zones at sea. The decision is expected to have a positive impact on the local population, transport and tourism, climate and broader fjord environment, as well as the maritime industry. The starkly dramatic ...
Namib Sand Sea - First prize of heritage photo contest
An exceptional photo of the Namib Sand Sea presented by Mrinal Mohit won the first prize in the photo contest organized on Instagram by the World Heritage Centre (WHC) and the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) on the occasion of the third edition of the African World Heritage Day (5 May). The contest closed on Monday 30 April 2018 after three weeks of competition, and with the submission of nearly 1700 photographs expressing the richness and diversity of the African cultural and natural ...
In Memoriam: Augusto F. Villalon, architect and conservationist
May 31, 1945 - May 5, 2018 Architect Augusto F. Villalon, one of Asia's most renowned experts in heritage conservation, recently passed away in Manila, Philippines. During his long career, Arch. Augusto F. Villalon made an outstanding contribution to heritage conservation and to the World Heritage Convention in particular. A former President of ICOMOS Philippines, he was practically a lone voice when he helped introduce heritage conservation to the Philippines some 40 years ago. ...
World Migratory Bird Day 2018: Flyways and key sites for birds
This year's World Migratory Bird Day is dedicated to the world's major bird flyways?the flight paths of migratory birds that span continents and oceans. These flyways include World Heritage sites that are key stopover sites for birds, so the effective conservation of these sites are crucial for migratory bird conservation on a global scale. The three major flyways, shown below, contain critical habitats and refuges vital for migratory birds. A prime example is the East ...
African World Heritage Day, Message from the Director General
Today, for the third time, we celebrate African World Heritage Day. The Day was established to raise awareness of the immense potential of the African cultural and natural heritage. It also aims to alert the world to the vulnerability of this heritage: there are 21 African sites on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The preservation and enhancement of this heritage are essential factors in sustainable development, the only kind of development capable of meeting the complex challenges ...
Academics mobilized for the safeguarding of African World Heritage
In keeping with UNESCO's mandate to promote culture and education in Africa, the World Heritage Centre, in close collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund and the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa in Harare, organized a regional workshop entitled "World Heritage and Education Institutions in Africa” at the Great Zimbabwe, Masvingo (Zimbabwe) from 26 to 28 April 2018.  This event marks an important milestone in the involvement of African educational ...
Director of UNESCO World Heritage Centre welcomes Barclays' policy to prevent financing damaging activities at World Heritage sites
Barclays has announced their first public policy that will prevent the bank from financing projects in World Heritage sites and Ramsar Wetlands, following WWF's call for the world's banks to stop financing damaging activities in the planet's most precious places. Despite being awarded the highest levels of protection by the United Nations, almost half of all natural and mixed World Heritage sites are threatened by harmful industrial practices such as oil ...
International Jazz Day celebrated worldwide on 30 April
SPECIAL EVENTS IN HOST CITY ST PETERSBURG The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock announced the programme for the 2018 edition of International Jazz Day, with events in Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation), a World Heritage site and this year's Global Host City, and over 190 countries around the world. A series of educational and outreach programmes will take place in the Global Host City, where the Day will culminate in an ...
Join the World Heritage Volunteers Campaign 2018
Empowering the Commitment to World Heritage.  The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is pleased to publish the selected projects for the World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) Campaign 2018. What is the WHV Initiative? The WHV Initiative was launched in 2008 to encourage young people to undertake concrete actions and to play an active role in the protection, preservation and promotion of World Heritage sites. It consists of action camps created by youth organizations or institutions in ...


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