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World Rowing commits to UNESCO World Heritage sites
The World Rowing Federation, FISA, is the first global sports body to pledge a commitment to protecting World Heritage sites. The commitment has developed out of World Rowing's Clean Water partnership with WWF International and is part of WWF's global campaign to strengthen the protection of natural World Heritage sites. World Rowing recognizes that large sporting events can have a negative impact on a location and the federation has put into action a policy on natural and mixed ...
State of Conservation of Pirin National Park
The World Heritage Centre currently receives numerous messages from civil society concerning the state of conservation of the World Heritage property Pirin National Park. The competent authorities of the Republic of Bulgaria as well as the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Body IUCN are fully informed of the concerns raised. At its 40th session in 2016, the World Heritage Committee called on "the State Party to invite in 2017 an IUCN Advisory mission to review the ...
Davos Declaration a step forward for European urban heritage
On 21 and 22 January 2018, European Ministers of Culture met in Davos, Switzerland, to adopt a Declaration promoting the concept of a high-quality Baukultur in Europe. This step forward is congratulated by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, particularly as urban heritage on the World Heritage List exceeds 40% of the total sites. The adoption of the Declaration, which specifies guidelines for policies to protect urban heritage through highlighting the role of culture, is in line with UNESCO ...
Experts develop UNESCO tool for managing tourism
In an effort to improve tourism management at World Heritage sites, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre convened an expert meeting on the development of a new and innovative tool for tourism and visitor management. Experts participating in the meeting hosted at the UNESCO HQ in Paris 15-16 January 2018 included representatives from UNESCO, the Advisory Bodies (IUCN, ICOMOS, ICCROM), site managers and professionals working in the field of sustainable development and tourism. Designed for ...
Director of World Heritage Centre welcomes oil moratorium at Belize Barrier Reef
In a historic decision for marine conservation efforts, the Government of Belize has adopted a full oil moratorium for all Belize offshore waters, including the entire Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage site.  The Belize reef system is the second largest reef system in the world, with approximately 200,000 Belizeans dependent on the reef for their livelihood. "The World Heritage Committee has always taken a strong position that oil and gas exploration or ...
Happy New Year 2018
Sweden provides additional support to UNESCO's Cultural Conventions and freedom of expression
In addition to its generous annual contributions under the Programme Cooperation Agreement (2014-2017), the Government of Sweden decided in November 2017 to provide additional financial support to UNESCO in the amount of  SEK 3,200,000  (around USD 400,000) to strengthen the protection of heritage, as well as to promote independent, free and pluralistic media. The contribution will strengthen the Secretariat's capacity to support the States Parties in the implementation of ...
‘Delhi Declaration on Heritage and Democracy' adopted at closing session of ICOMOS 19th General Assembly
The ‘Delhi Declaration on Heritage and Democracy' was adopted at the closing session of the ICOMOS 19th General Assembly in New Delhi, India, on 15th December 2017, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium-Auditorium in New Delhi, India. The Delhi Declaration emphasized the understanding that people's perspective is central to heritage, and the General Assembly declared that ethical principles have to be developed for heritage. Cultural identities should not be compromised by uniform and ...
Towards a World Heritage Policy Compendium - First Meeting of Experts takes place at UNESCO Headquarters
The first meeting of the World Heritage Policy Compendium Working Group took place at UNESCO Headquarters from 6 to 7 December 2017. The Policy Compendium initiative, which will see the development of a consolidated source of World Heritage policies for use by the World Heritage Committee, States Parties and other stakeholders, is being implemented through financial support received from the government of Australia. The Working Group is composed of representatives of the UNESCO Advisory ...
Inter-Regional Workshop held in Pakistan: "World Heritage and Sustainable Development: The Role of Local Communities”
An inter-regional workshop entitled "World Heritage and Sustainable Development: the Role of Local Communities” was organized at the National Museum in Karachi, Pakistan (23-24 November 2017) by the World Heritage Centre in close co-operation with the UNESCO office in Islamabad and the Department of Archaeology of the Government of Sindh Province, Pakistan. The Workshop, opened by the Minister of Culture, Tourism and antiquities of the Government of Sindh and the UNESCO Representative ...


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