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The Marc de Montalembert grant - 7000 Euros - helps young people from countries bordering the Mediterranean sea, and below 30 years of age, to implement projects dedicated to the knowledge of the cultures of his Region. Since 1995 nineteen projects have been implemented by winners of the grant from 7 Mediterranean countries. Application to the 2010 grant are to be submitted by 31 December ...
The Special Session "Heritage and development: diversity as an alternative" will take place on the 18th of December 2009 in Marrakesh within the framework of Africities V, the local African communities Summit (16-20 December.) This Session is organised by the World Heritage Centre, with the encouragement of the France-UNESCO Convention, and in collaboration with the Association of Francophone ...
This follow-up meeting is jointly organised with and is hosted by Irish authorities. Representatives of West European countries and heritage experts will meet in Dublin to discuss the following issues: Next cycle of World Heritage Periodic Reporting Retrospective Statements of Significance and boundary changes Training and capacity building Tentative Lists in Western Europe sub-region ...
Representatives of the Nordic countries and heritage experts met in Stockholm in the framework of the follow-up to the world heritage periodic report process. The meeting - organized by the Nordic World Heritage Foundation and generously hosted by Sweden - focused on the following issues: Next cycle of World Heritage Periodic Reporting Retrospective Statements of Significance and boundary ...
A regional capacity-building Workshop on "Assessment of Vulnerability of Cultural and Natural World Heritage Properties to Disasters and Climate Change" was held at the Peking University of China from 6 to 12 December 2009, organised jointly by the World Heritage Centre, ICCROM and the World Heritage Training and Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific (WHITR-AP). The Workshop, funded ...
More than half of the Earth's population now lives in an urban area, and over the past three decades, due to the sharp increase in the world's urban population, historic cities have become subject to new threats.   In order to address conservation and planning issues of historic cities, the Recommendation on Historic Urban Landscapes is being prepared for possible adoption at the ...
Periodic Reproting LAC: 2nd Cycle
26-Nov-2009 - 28-Nov-2009
The Buenos Aires meeting was the first meeting organized and 46 representatives from 24 countries in the Region took part, in addition to the Advisory Bodies. For three days, focal points of the LAC regions were informed of the process leading to the preparation of the Retrospective Inventory, the Retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value and the Periodic Reporting process. The ...
Following the establishment of the Alliance of World Heritage Cultural Landscapes and its international conferences in 2007 and 2008, this 3rd International Conference is designed to discuss the concrete challenges of water management in World Heritage Cultural Landscapes while also aiming at promoting and further extending the network of partner sites of the Alliance. Aiming ...
Aksum Rediscovered
25-Nov-2009 - 04-Dec-2009
The exhibition illustrates the re-installation of the 152-ton and 24-metre high Obelisk, as well as the town of Aksum and its people, through the work of several artists who followed the process. The opening ceremony of the exhibition at the FAO Headquarters will be held in the presence of Francesco Bandarin, Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and Mounir Bouchenaki, Director ...
A second International Workshop on "Disaster Risk Reduction to Cultural Heritage" was held at Acre, Israel, from 14 to 17 November 2009, and organised jointly by the Israel National Commission for UNESCO, the Israel Antiquities Authority and the World Heritage Centre, gathering experts and managers of World Heritage cultural properties from all regions, as well as representatives of ICOMOS, ...
The second thematic meeting of expert on the agro-pastoral cultural landscapes in the Mediterranean will gather 40 participants, representing different European and Mediterranean countries and representatives from ICOMOS and IUCN. This meeting is organized within the framework of the France-UNESCO cooperation agreement by the Tirana European University, the Mountain Areas Development Agency ...
On Thursday 12 November, leading personalities working for change will join at UNESCO Headquarters for the release of the Manifesto on the Future of Knowledge Systems: Knowledge Sovereignty for a Healthy Planet, the latest Manifesto of the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture.  Vandana Shiva, Chair of the International Commission on the Future of Food and ...
Insula, the International Scientific Council for Island Development, is pleased to announce the World Conference on "Volcanoes, Landscapes and Cultures", organized under the auspices of UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the Italian government, and in partnership with UNESCO's Man and Biosphere Programme (MaB), the Sicilian Regional Government, the University of Catania, the Etna ...
A Pacific Islands World Heritage Workshop was held in Maupiti (French Polynesia) from 2 to 7 November 2009. The workshop served as a follow-up of the Cairns workshop held in Australia in 2008 and gathered representatives from almost all the State Parties of the Pacific in order to achieve the following objectives: Build capacities among the States Parties; Introduce the Periodic Reporting ...
The African World Heritage Fund, the Center for Heritage Development in Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho organise a World Heritage Nomination Training Course which will be held in Maseru/Lesotho from 2 to 13 November 2009.   This workshop will bring together heritage experts from 8 African English speaking countries plus a participant from Mozambique. The workshop will build on the ...
Information Meeting for Committee Members
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Presentation by H.E. Mr João Luiz Silva Ferreira Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee.
Attended by over 100 participants from about 40 countries. Over the six days, 70 papers were presented in eight sessions.
On the occasion of the 17th session of the General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention (23-28 October 2009), the World Heritage Centre, in cooperation with the Advisory Bodies, organized an Orientation session for Committee members and all States Parties. This session was held on Tuesday 27 October 2009 at the UNESCO Headquarters, Room II, from 5.30 p.m. to 7.00 ...
Towards an Action Plan on Prehistory, Advisory Bodies' meeting
The Regional Encounter of Experts on Heritage, Biodiversity & Community aims to improve management of natural heritage sites and protected areas, study and debate on lessons learnt and enhancement of the application of Heritage toolkits. A unique encounter with 2 workshops under a same umbrella to gather a variety of experts in concurrent fields: 1)  First pilot workshop on ...
The UNESCO Chair in Heritage Studies at the Brandenburg University of Technology is pleased to host an International Conference on "World Heritage and Cultural Diversity - Challenges for University Education". The event is being co-organized by the German Commission for UNESCO, and the conference patrons are the UNESCO Word Heritage Centre and the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs ...
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17th General Assembly of States Parties
23-Oct-2009 - 28-Oct-2009
The 17th session of the General Assembly will take place at UNESCO Headquarters, Room XII and II, from 23 to 28 October 2009. Opening of the session friday 23 October, room XII Working Documents Consult previous Summary Record Faq About the ...
Towards an Action Plan on Prehistory, Drafting Committee Meeting
The main objective of this project is to discuss - in an international forum- strategies to valorize local cultural heritage resources for local development. The initiative is sponsored by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR-UOS) in the context of a scientific development-funding program. The focus of the course is on cultural heritage as a potential resource for local and regional ...
Action Plan on Prehistory
12-Sep-2009 - 14-Sep-2009
Action Plan on Prehistory
This course is designed for people who want to gain a greater understanding of the implications of climate change for developing countries and the potential for adaptation. It is aimed particularly at professional staff from government agencies and NGOs who do not have existing specialisation in the field but who may have new responsibility or interest in the integration of climate change ...
Europa Nostra is a framework which represents some 250 non-governmental organizations, 150 associate organizations and 1500 individual members in more 50 countries. Each year it holds a competition intended to reward different kinds of initiatives for the protection and promotion of cultural heritage. This competition highlights a large variety of actions that enhance restoration programs ...
Please fill the application form and send it together with the following documentation (by mail or email) to the contact address below: A full professional curriculum vitae (in English) A brief report (3-5 pages) on project(s)concerning cultural heritage or risk management with which you have been or are currently involved. Explain your overall potential for success in applying follow-up ...
The UNESCO Chair Programme on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage 2009 will be held in Kyoto, Japan and Kathmandu, Nepal. The course will take place from 31 August to 12 September, and is organized by the Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University, Japan. In ...
During the opening ceremony of the International Year of Astronomy, which took place on 15 January 2009, the Director-General of UNESCO officially launched the cycle of activities "Astronomy and World Heritage: across time and continents". One of the main activities of this cycle is the International Conference on "Astronomy and World Heritage: across time and continents", to be hosted by the ...
The first edition of the Caribbean Heritage Course in Curaçao is organized by the University of the Netherlands Antilles in cooperation with UNESCO and aims to improve knowledge and skills in Heritage Management.  The course consists of the Course Modules I (Application of the World Heritage Convention) and V (Management of Historic Centres) of UNESCO's Caribbean ...
This Summer Camp is open to young students of all nationalities between 16 and 20 years old, who are interested in Astronomy and World Heritage. The objective of the camp is to teach young people about Astronomy and World Heritage and give them a methodological framework for associated actions, to offer them the precious opportunity to observe a total solar ...
On occasion of the 33rd COM all States Parties representatives from Europe and North America were briefed and provided with information regarding the following themes: Results of sub-regional and national meetings Future steps and deadlines Follow-up to the 1st Periodic Reporting cycle and Retrospective Inventory: Management plans, boundary modifications, and buffer zones Preparation of ...
The World Heritage Committee will meet for its 33rd session in Seville, Spain from 22-30 June. During the session, the Committee will consider requests for the inscription of new sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List and examine the state of conservation of sites already inscribed on the List. The Committee is chaired by H. E. Mrs María Jesús San Segundo, ...
Provisional Programme Part 1:Welcome (14:30 - 14:35) Session 1.1: Welcome by the Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee Part 2:Statement of Outstanding Universal Value (14:35 - 15:00) Session 2.1: Format of the Statement of Outstanding Universal Value Part One: Format of the SoOUV and examples of SoOUV, problems in developing SoOUV for existing sites, priorities for development of ...
The European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) of the Council of Europe, in cooperation with the European University Centre for Cultural Heritage (CUEBC) is organizing a 5-day Master-Doctorate Course on "Vulnerability of Cultural Heritage to Climate Change" in Strasbourg, France, from 7 to 11 September 2009. The Course aims to ensure that young European students are ...
World Environment Day 2009
Friday, 5 June 2009
World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5 June in more than 100 countries. The theme for 2009 is climate change and the broader consequences of environmental change, and what societies can do in response. Combating climate change and preserving ecosystems services that underpin our economies is an issue for everyone. Every individual's efforts, no matter how small, can ...
The Master of Arts (MA) in World Heritage Resource Management is currently recruiting to start in late September 2009. This is an exciting, innovative new programme - only one of five of its type in the world - that considers the issues of heritage in the cultural and natural fields, and particularly the management of World Heritage sites and other protected areas such as national parks and ...
This meeting, which is being held in France, will bring together several experts from different countries (Kazakhstan, Norway, Uzbekistan, Germany and France) as well as ICOMOS experts and the UNESCO Central Asia field offices representatives to discuss with the World Heritage Centre the draft Concept Paper of the World Heritage Nomination of the Rock art Sites in Central Asia. In 2005 an ...
Application deadline for the 3rd Course on Conservation of Built Heritage organized by ICCROM and which will take place from 5  March to 30 April 2010 in Rome, Italy ICCROM is pleased to announce the third training course on Conservation of Built Heritage in Rome.  ICCROM has been a pioneer in organizing courses in heritage conservation since 1965 including the ...
On the 22nd May 2009, over 60 young people from across the UK will be meeting in Lyme Regis for the first UK UNESCO Youth Summit to discuss and debate World Heritage in the 21st century. The young people will be representing 11 different sites from Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and one overseas territory, Bermuda. The young people have been selected to participate through a ...
The UNESCO Chair in Heritage Studies at the Brandenburg University of Technology is pleased to host an International Conference on "World Heritage and Cultural Diversity - Challenges for University Education". The event is being co-organized by the German Commission for UNESCO, and the conference patrons are the UNESCO Word Heritage Centre and the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs ...
In spite of its remarkable historical background and numerous historic and cultural sites in the region, Central Asia and western China remain one of the most under-represented regions on the World Heritage List, with no cultural or natural heritage properties from Kyrgyzstan or Tajikistan inscribed on the List. The UNESCO World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS have been assisting the States ...
This workshop "Climate change and cultural heritage" will allow scientists, end users and policy makers to debate the effects of changing climate parameters on material and structural characteristics of cultural heritage. The workshop also aims to produce guidelines to governments, other institutional actors, NGO's and experts on how to better integrate climate change considerations and ...
The International Meeting, Prehistoric Sites and the World Heritage Convention, Bahrain, 10 to 14 May 2009, included the participation of 20 participants from 15 States Parties and Advisory Bodies, and focused on the cultural phenomena of Neolithic, Megalithic, Bronze Age and Late Prehistoric Periods.
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World Migratory Bird Day 2009
09-May-2009 - 10-May-2009
On their long journeys, migratory birds have to navigate through a multitude of man-made barriers. Their flyways are hindered by wind farms, power lines, TV and mobile phone transmission masts, glass windows, tall buildings and other constructions. Huge numbers of birds are killed, injured or displaced each year. Apart from direct fatalities or injuries via collision, such structures can also ...
This 4th follow up meeting dedicated to the Mediterranean sub-region was organized in cooperation with and with the financial support of the Portuguese authorities. The meeting was attended by 13 countries focal points and various cultural and natural heritage experts. The aim of the meeting was to shed light on: Statements of Outstanding Universal Value Revised Periodic Reporting ...
The UNESCO Chair Programme on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage 2009 will be held in Kyoto, Japan and Kathmandu, Nepal. The course will take place from 31 August to 12 September, and is organized by the Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University, Japan. In ...
The purpose of this workshop is to raise awareness among World Heritage site managers regarding the use of the IUCN/UNESCO Enhancing Our Heritage (EoH) toolkit, in particular test its applicability for cultural sites. The meeting is organized by Denmark's Cultural Heritage Agency in cooperation with NWHF. The target group is World Heritage site managers from Nordic countries including ...
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UNITAR Hiroshima Training Workshop
19-Apr-2009 - 24-Apr-2009
UNITAR Hiroshima Office launches the second five-year cycle of its Series on the Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites. UNITAR's "values-based management" methodologies will go one step further with the new theme of World Heritage Impact Assessment. Conservation for Peace will remain as an underlying principle throughout the second cycle. Two World Heritage sites in ...
For the past ten years the Cambridge Heritage Seminars have brought together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to explore the most pressing issues in heritage studies today. This year, for its tenth anniversary, coinciding with the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the founding of the University of Cambridge, the Cambridge Heritage Seminar will focus on cultural heritage, ...
This workshop is being held jointly by the World Heritage Centre, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the UNESCO New Delhi Office and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. It is the final workshop in a series which brought together site managers from a selection of World Heritage sites in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, ...
The Seminar is arranged around 3 major themes, physical integrity of historic urban landscapes, functional integrity of historic urban landscapes, visual integrity of historic urban landscapes. It will be hosted by Hanoi University of Architecture (HAU), Hanoi People’s Committee (Vietnam). The Seminar official languages are English, French and Spanish. Interpretation services will be ...
The International Meeting, Rock Art and the World Heritage Convention, uKhahlamba/ Drakensburg Park, South Africa, 3 to 8 April 2009 involved the participation of 44 governmental delegates, Advisory Bodies' representatives, international experts and site managers. The meeting aimed to identify key values, issues and priorities in the area of Rock Art, particularly concerning its management, ...
CAWHFI 2009 annual Steering Committee meeting and official launch of the new CAWHFI segment financed by the European Commission.
This Advanced Course is offered by the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region (WHITRAP), under the auspices of UNESCO. It is intended for professionals, decision makers and practitioners (among others, government officials, site managers, scholars and independent consultants) with a background in World Heritage conservation and ...
Intensive international training course for francophone site managers A second intensive training programme for francophone managers of cultural sites will be jointly organized at the Abbaye de Cluny in Burgundy (France) by the Centre-Arts et Métiers- ParisTech de Cluny with the European Archeological Centre of Bibracte, in partnership with the IUP Denis Diderot, the National ...
The International Meeting, Human Evolution and the World Heritage Convention, Burgos, Spain, 21 to 25 March, 2009, considered sites containing hominid findings, both inscribed or yet to be inscribed on the World Heritage List, as well as evaluated the thematic area of Human Evolution within the context of the Convention. It involved the participation of 20 international experts, ...
CLIMATES OF HERITAGE CONSERVATION: Responding to the Challenge of Global Climate Change throughPublic Engagement and Social Innovation This three-day colloquium will focus on the immediate and obvious significance of the impacts of global climate change to the Low Countries, namely rising sea levels and increased river flooding. Papers presented will provide comparative experiences ...
Mediterra 2009 aims principally to state the art of research, to study recent achievements in heritage conservation and architectural design, to increase university and professional training and to gather the network activities developed in the Mediterranean region. ContributionThis 1st Conference will include specialists from throughout the Mediterranean region. It will also have a ...
DescriptionThis prize is awarded every second year by the Organization of World Heritage Cities to a city that is a member of the OWHC and that has distinguished itself by its achievements in the conservation, enhancement or management of property inscribed on the World Heritage List, and located on its territory. EligibilityA city that is a member in good standing of the Organization of ...
Climate change is accelerating the transformation of environmental, social and cultural landscapes across the Arctic and sub-Arctic. The implications of these changes, including their global impact, have yet to be comprehensively monitored and evaluated. Upon the request of Professor Jean Malaurie, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in charge of arctic polar issues, and with his active collaboration, ...
A retrospective inventory conducted by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre revealed that of the 76 sites in the Africa region, only 6 have a Statement of Outstanding Universal Value, 27 a Statement of Value, and 43 do not have either one. Therefore 19 State Parties are concerned by the preparation of Statements of OUV to be approved by the Centre. In this context, thanks to a generous ...
The Kingdom of Bahrain, in cooperation with the World Heritage Centre and IUCN-WCPA, hosted the workshop on 'building capacity for marine World Heritage'.  The workshop had three central objectives: Building greater capacity within the global IUCN-WCPA marine network in helping deliver World Heritage related technical support; Carrying out a global thematic review of marine World ...
[in French only] Monsieur Eusebio Leal, Directeur de la Oficina del Historiador de La Habana, donne une conférence magistrale sur le Centre historique de cette ville. Cette dernière apparaît comme un modèle de gestion intégrale et une expérience singulière. Le centre historique de La Havane, construit entre les XVIe et XIXe siècles, a ...
In the context of the partnership between Jaeger-LeCoultre, The International Herald Tribune and UNESCO, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture has designed a watch symbolizing its commitment to the World Heritage Marine Programme. The goal of the partnership is to identify, monitor and preserve marine sites around the world, and the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer has designed a limited edition ...
In the framework of the UN 2009 International Year of Astronomy, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is hosting a symposium on "The Role of Astronomy in Society and Culture". The aim of this Symposium is to provide a global, and at the same time detailed, view of the very many activities that link astronomy to our diverse cultures. It will also be a forum to discuss the ways ...
5th Annual Ename International Colloquium To be held 18th - 20th March 2009 in Ghent and Ostend, Belgium Climates of Heritage Conservation Responding to the Challenge of Global Climate Change through Public Engagement and Social Innovation This three-day colloquium will focus on the immediate and obvious significance of the impacts of global climate change to the Low Countries, namely ...
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