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Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of on the occasion of International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples - Migration and movement, 9 August 2018
Indigenous peoples are among the most vulnerable populations in the world. This International Day is an opportunity to raise public awareness of their precarious situation, particularly in relation to migration, which is the Day's theme in 2018. Migration influences the way of life of many indigenous peoples, whether these be nomadic pastoral societies who follow the transhumance calendar, such as the Red Fulani cattle herders in West Africa whose seasonal migration covers several ...
WHITRAP Shanghai issues the Summary Report of "The Future of Small Settlements in China and the World Heritage Convention workshop”
In the part years, interest in rural areas, small settlements, and the fine-tuned interaction between humankind and its natural environment, has exponentially grown in China and all around the world.The critical role played by villages, small towns, and their vast surrounding environment is gaining global acknowledgment as a complementary counterpart to growing cities. However, today these territories are undergoing dramatic transformations. WHITRAP Shanghai, Category II Centre, organized a ...
State of Conservation of "Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra - Western Stato da Mar"
Over the last several weeks, the World Heritage Centre has received numerous messages from citizens expressing their concerns regarding a car park project within the World Heritage property "Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra - Western Stato da Mar”, and the adverse impact it may have on the serial property. The concerned area is located within the boundaries of the "Fortified city of Bergamo” (Italy), one of the six components of the ...
Biodiversity secretariats meet in New York on Sustainable Development
The 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development with the theme "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies" was held at the UN New York from 9 to 18 July 2018. During the Forum, the Secretariats of the biodiversity-related conventions met at an event called the The Living Planet - the foundation of sustainable development: Contribution of the biodiversity-related conventions to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. Biodiversity, ...
Launch of an Online Consultation on the Reactive Monitoring process with all key stakeholders of the World Heritage Convention
The World Heritage Centre has launched an Online Consultation with key World Heritage stakeholders on the Reactive Monitoring process. The consultation, which is taking place until 14 September 2018, will gather feedback and comments from key World Heritage stakeholders on this crucial process of the World Heritage Convention. This inclusive online consultation invites States Parties to the World Heritage Convention, World Heritage Committee Members, UNESCO Category 2 Institutes ...
The ‘Making of' the draft Policy Compendium - Side Event at the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee in Manama, Bahrain
A side event dedicated to the ‘Making of' the draft Policy Compendium was held during the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee in Manama, Bahrain (24 June - 4 July 2018). During the event, a panel composed of experts from the Policy Compendium Working Group and representatives of the World Heritage Centre presented their work to date on the draft Policy Compendium. The presentation by the international experts looked at the challenges of developing a Policy Compendium for World ...
Call for application for the Strengthening Capacities of World Heritage Professionals in the Arab Region for Cultural and Mixed sites
The Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH) and ICOMOS International in collaboration with ICCROM and IUCN, are organizing a Capacity Building programme for World Heritage Professionals in the Arab Region. This programme aims to build a strong network of experts from the Arab Region that will assist the Arab States, the Advisory Bodies, and all World Heritage stakeholders in the effective implementation of the World Heritage Convention. The Strengthening Capacities of World ...
Managers of French World Heritage sites meet at Mining Basin
The managers of the French properties inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and their institutional partners met on 30, 31 May and 1 June last in the Mining Basin for their 16th Annual Meeting, following an invitation by the Mining Basin Mission. Over 100 people were present to attend the General Assembly of the association, to participate in the afternoon debate devoted to the various projects put in place by the sites over the past year and also to take part in the ...
Azerbaijan to host 2019 session of World Heritage Committee
The 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 30 June to 10 July 2019, further to the kind invitation of the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan. On 3 July 2018, during its 42nd session in Manama, Bahrain, the Committee elected H.E. Mr. Abulfaz Garayev, Azerbaijani Minister of Culture as the new Chair of the Committee, with Brazil, Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Norway and Tunisia as Vice-Chairs. Ms Mahani Taylor, from Australia, was elected as ...
In Memoriam: Dr Janice Lindsay
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre was saddened to learn of the death of Dr Janice Lindsay, Principal Director, Culture and Creative Industries Policy Division in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport (MCGES) in Jamaica. Dr Lindsay was a Cultural Heritage Development Specialist focusing on the economic development of tangible and intangible heritage assets. She was also formerly Director of Arts and Culture at the University of Technology, Jamaica. Dr Lindsay completed ...


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