Wednesday, May 2, 2007
“World Heritage Memory Net” is coming soon!
In November 2006, the World Heritage Centre signed a multi-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, to ...
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Director-General urges systematic measures to end poaching and killing of endangered animals in Democratic Republic of Congo World Heritage Sites
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, has written to Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and to ...
Thursday, April 19, 2007
CAWHFI Steering Committee validates the annual action plan: Sustainable management of ecological landscapes and reinforced collaboration between stakeholders
The annual steering committee of the Central Africa World Heritage Forest Initiative (CAWHFI) took place in Libreville on March 21-22, 2007 under the ...
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
UNESCO sends mission to assess the state of conservation of Machu Picchu World Heritage Site
UNESCO will send a mission to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, Peru, in view of concerns by the World Heritage Committee for the conservation ...
Sunday, April 15, 2007
UNESCO Mission confirms threat to Galápagos Islands
A UNESCO mission has confirmed serious threats to the Galápagos National Park and Marine Reserve and welcomed ambitious measures announced by the ...
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
UNESCO-IUCN Mission to Galápagos Islands World Heritage Site
A UNESCO World Heritage Centre/World Conservation Union (IUCN) mission is currently in Ecuador (April 8-12, 2007) at the request of the World Heritage ...
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Rapid Response Facility for World Heritage Biodiversity Sites Exceeds Target
In its recently released first annual report, the Rapid Response Facility (RRF) Secretariat announced that it has taken an average of less than 6 days ...
Monday, April 9, 2007
Climate change threatens UNESCO World Heritage sites
The threats posed by climate change to natural and cultural sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List are outlined in a new UNESCO publication, "Case ...
Monday, April 9, 2007
'World Heritage: Challenges for the Millennium' Published in French and English
Now available online. To download the pdf version, please click here. This 200-page publication provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of ...
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Concern for the State of conservation of the Church of St. Cyril, located near Saint-Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the UNESCO Office in New York have received a large number of letters from individuals who are concerned about ...
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Launch of New Cycle of UNESCO-VOCATIONS PATRIMOINE Co-Sponsored Fellowships for World Heritage Site Managers
World Heritage site managers and people intending to pursue a career in World Heritage site management are being invited to apply for Fellowships ...
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Old City of Jerusalem: Publication of UNESCO’s technical mission Report
"The technical mission that I had sent from 27 February to 2 March 2007 to the Old City of Jerusalem, which is inscribed on UNESCO's World ...
Monday, March 12, 2007
Statement from the Chairman of the Executive Board on the activities under-way at the site of the Old City of Jerusalem
The following statement is issued by the Chairman of UNESCO's Executive Board, Mr Zhang Xinsheng. 1. The six Arab members of the Executive Board ...
Monday, March 5, 2007
Old City of Jerusalem: return of the technical mission’s experts
The technical mission sent by the Director-General of UNESCO to the Old City of Jerusalem, which is inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List, ...
Sunday, March 4, 2007
[in French only] Newsletter n° 5 de la Convention France-UNESCO
[in French only] Actualités sur l'avancement des projets CFU :Le comité mixte de coordination (CMC) de la Convention France-UNESCO a eu lieu le 8 ...
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Royal Palaces of Abomey in Young African Hands
Equipped with shovels, wheelbarrows and water buckets, twelve girls and thirteen boys between the ages of 14 and 17, from eight different countries in ...
Thursday, February 22, 2007
UNESCO to send technical mission to assess the situation concerning the work on the access to the al-Haram al-Sharif, Jerusalem
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, has decided to send a technical mission to the Old City of Jerusalem, inscribed on UNESCO's ...
Monday, February 12, 2007
Huge Settlement Unearthed Near Stonehenge World Heritage Site
Archaeologists at the University of Sheffield have unearthed a huge settlement at Durrington Walls, near Stonehenge, confirming that the Stonehenge ...
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Publication on Eco-tourism in Central and South Asia Available
The project on the Development of Cultural and Ecotourism in the Mountainous Regions of Central and South Asia has just produced a publication ...
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Director-General offers UNESCO’s assistance to repair fire damage at World Heritage City of Valparaiso
Koïchiro Matsuura, the Director-General of UNESCO today offered the Organization's assistance in repairing damage caused by the fire that ...
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
The Director-General of UNESCO voices his alarm over the resumption of tensions in the Old City of Jerusalem
On Tuesday 8 February 2007, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, expressed his "deep concern over the work initiated by the Israeli ...
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
'Management and Preservation of Historic Cities on World Heritage List' Conference Held in St Petersburg
The conference on "Management and Preservation of Historic Cities inscribed on the World Heritage List" is taking place in St ...
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Concern for World Heritage site after British Coast Cargo Spill
The World Heritage Centre expresses its deep concern regarding the cargo spill off the British Coast. The MSC Napoli is grounded near Sidmouth's ...
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Situation Worsens at Virunga National Park (DRC): Two Male Gorillas Killed
The situation continues to get worse at Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo), where 2 male silverbacks have been killed.The ...
Monday, December 18, 2006
The Director-General signs a funds-in-trust agreement for the restoration of the historical centre of Gjirokastra in Albania
On 15 December 2006, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, and Ambassador Tatjana Gjonaj, Permanent Delegate of Albania to UNESCO, signed ...
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Re-opening of the Anna Amalia Library (World Heritage site of Classical Weimar) planned in October 2007 after the fire of 2004
The Anna Amalia Library, part of the World Heritage site of Classical Weimar which was inscribed on the UNESCO List in 1998, will reopen in October ...
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Statement of the Director-General of UNESCO: Transmitting the past without alteration or omission
"In the face of the attempts to re-write history that are currently at work, I can but recall in the most emphatic manner that it is our moral ...
Friday, December 8, 2006
Conclusions of the First HERITY International Conference
This conference was held in Rome from December 5-9. The conclusions outlined below were reached thanks to contributions from ICCROM, UNESCO-WHC, ...
Thursday, November 30, 2006
2006-2007 World Heritage Map Available
The 2006-2007 World Heritage map, the second to be produced in collaboration with National Geographic and Hewlett Packard, is now available. The goal ...
Thursday, November 23, 2006
New cooperation agreement signed between Belgian Science Policy Office and World Heritage Centre
On 21 November 2006, the Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Francesco Bandarin, signed a new cooperation agreement with Minister Marc ...
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Hippo Massacre in Virunga National Park (DRC): UNESCO Reacts
Conservation activities continue in the World Heritage sites of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with particular attention given to Virunga ...
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Jet Tours and World Heritage Centre Implement Safeguarding Projects
In an ongoing commitment to sustainable tourism, Jet tours will support two safeguarding projects scheduled for implementation early 2007. The ...
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
New Report on World Heritage and Climate Change
Threats to cultural and natural heritage sites from the effects of climate change are further substantiated in a new report presented at the 12th ...
Sunday, November 5, 2006
Preserving Congolese Heritage in Armed Conflict
On the occasion of the United Nations' International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, the World ...
Monday, October 30, 2006
UNESCO World Heritage Desk Diary 2007 Now Available
The UNESCO World Heritage Desk Diary 2007 has just been published. Featuring a useful week-at-a-glance design, it is illustrated with 77 colour photos ...
Friday, October 6, 2006
UNESCO and Partners Demonstrate Space Technologies for Monitoring World Heritage
At the 57th International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Congress held in Valencia, Spain from 2-6 October 2006, UNESCO and the European Space ...
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Handbook on Cultural Heritage and Local Development for African Local Governments Published
The handbook "Cultural heritage and local development: A Guide for African local governments" was created in response to the request ...
Sunday, September 24, 2006
No Survivors of WWF Helicopter Crash in Nepal
WWF Nepal has confirmed there are no survivors from Saturday's helicopter crash which occurred while transporting 24 delegates to attend the ...
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Sao Tome and Principe ratifies the World Heritage Convention
On 25 July 2006, the Government of Sao Tome and Principe officially deposited with the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, its instrument ...
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Melina Mercouri International Prize for the Safeguarding and Management of Cultural Landscapes (UNESCO-Greece), Deadline approaches
Nominations for the prize have to be at UNESCO by 1 November 2006!The purpose of the Melina Mercouri International Prize (UNESCO-Greece) is to reward ...
Monday, September 18, 2006
UNESCO Mission reports on war damage to cultural heritage in Lebanon
Experts* sent to Lebanon by UNESCO to assess the state of the country's cultural heritage sites have called for urgent measures to clean up the oil ...
Monday, September 18, 2006
A 7000 Euro Grant for the Realization of a Cultural Project Concerning the Mediterranean World
Born after 31 December 1977 you will be under 30 years of age in 2007. You are a native of a Mediterranean country. You wish to develop a project ...
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
A Virtual Tour of World Heritage Sites
On the occasion of Journées Européennes du Patrimoine (European Heritage Days), and as part of the UNESCO-Vocations Patrimoine Fellowships programme ...
Monday, September 11, 2006
TourismAfrica 2006 Promotes African World Heritage
With the support of UNESCO's World Heritage Centre, TourismAfrica 2006 (10-15 September, Geneva, Switzerland) is actively raising awareness of ...
Thursday, September 7, 2006
UNESCO sends experts to carry out technical assessment of the effects of the war on Lebanon’s cultural heritage
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today announced that the Organization will send a mission of experts, from September 10 to 16, to ...
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Decisions adopted at the 30th session of the World Heritage Committee now available online
The Decisions adopted at the 30th session of the World Heritage Committee, held in Vilnius, Lithuania, from 8 to 16 July 2006, are now available ...
Thursday, August 10, 2006
UNESCO Director-General launches “heritage alert” for the Middle East
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today launched an alert to protect heritage in the Middle East. The full text of the declaration ...
Wednesday, August 2, 2006
2006 International Youth Camp Held for Restoration of Khami Ruins National Monument
The 2006 International Youth Volunteer Camp on the Restoration of Khami Ruins National Monument took place from 15 June to 8 July. The goal of the ...
Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Worldwide photography project launched in support of World Heritage
A new partnership to promote UNESCO World Heritage sites has been launched with the signing on 19 July of a Memorandum of Understanding between UNESCO ...
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Dresden City Council Votes Against Bridge Construction at World Heritage Site
The World Heritage Committee at its 30th session in Vilnius decided to place the cultural landscape of Dresden Elbe Valley on the List of World ...
Thursday, July 20, 2006
New Sites Added to the World Heritage List 2006
During the 30th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Vilnius, Lithuania from 8-16 July, 18 new sites were inscribed on the World Heritage ...
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
UNESCO Courier, Virtual visit to five new World Heritage Sites
Five sites newly inscribed into UNESCO's World Heritage List are highlighted in the July-August issue of the UNESCO Courier.Bisotun (Islamic ...
Monday, July 17, 2006
UNESCO, EVERGREEN Digital Contents and NTT DoCoMo Work Together to Promote World Heritage Education in Japan
UNESCO and its long standing media partner EVERGREEN Digital Contents have launched a new partnership through a project aiming to promote World ...
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Enhancing our Heritage: Monitoring and managing for success in natural World Heritage sites
The 30th meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Vilnius, Lithuania has been discussing the state of conservation of natural and cultural World ...
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Ancient irrigation system (Oman) and Palaces of Genoa (Italy) among ten new sites on World Heritage List
The World Heritage Committee Thursday inscribed ten new sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List. A number of outstanding proposals for inscription ...
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
World Heritage Committee puts Medieval Monuments in Kosovo on Danger List and extends site in Andorra, ending this year’s inscriptions
The World Heritage Committee Thursday decided to extend the site inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2004 as Dečani Monastery (Serbia) ...
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Giant panda sanctuaries and Tequila-producing area of Mexico among the eight new sites added to World Heritage List
The World Heritage Committee Wednesday added eight new sites and one extension to UNESCO's World Heritage List and removed the archaeological site ...
Monday, July 10, 2006
World Heritage Committee threatens to remove Dresden Elbe Valley (Germany) from World Heritage List
The World Heritage Committee decided Tuesday to place the cultural landscape of Dresden Elbe Valley on the List of World Heritage in Dangerwith a view ...
Sunday, July 9, 2006
Cologne Cathedral (Germany), Djoudj Bird Sanctuary (Senegal), Ichkeul National Park (Tunisia), and Hampi (India) removed from List of World Heritage in Danger
Improved conservation allowed the World Heritage Committee to remove Cologne Cathedral (Germany), Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary (Senegal), the Group ...
Sunday, July 9, 2006
World Heritage Committee adopts strategy on heritage and climate change
The World Heritage Committee on Monday adopted the recommendations on ways to respond to the threat of climate change to many World Heritage sites ...
Sunday, July 9, 2006
30th session of World Heritage Committee opens in Vilnius
The 30th session of the World Heritage Committee, chaired by Ina Marčiulionytė, the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Lithuania to UNESCO, started ...
Monday, July 3, 2006
World Heritage Committee to inscribe new sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
Thirty-seven new sites will be proposed for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List during the 30th session of the World Heritage Committee ...
Wednesday, June 7, 2006
Economy Minister Confirms French Commitment to Protect Congo Forests
On April 13, 2006, Mr. Breton, French Minister of the Economy, Finance and Industry met with Mr. Doumba, Minister of Forest Economy, Water, Fisheries ...
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Celebrating World Biodiversity Day May 22: How the World Heritage Convention Contributes to Global Biodiversity Conservation Agenda
Having been identified as a cross-cutting theme for global biodiversity conservation initiatives at the Fifth World Parks Congress in Durban, South ...
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
World Heritage in Young Hands Kit Available in Hungarian
Világörökség ifjú kezekben, the Hungarian version of the World Heritage in Young Hands educational resource kit for teachers, has just been published ...
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Guinea-Bissau ratifies the World Heritage Convention
On 28 January 2006, the Government of Guinea-Bissau officially deposited with the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, its instrument of ...
Tuesday, May 2, 2006
Launch of African World Heritage Fund
A fund to help the States of sub-Saharan Africa improve the preservation of their cultural and natural heritage will be launched in South Africa on 5 ...
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Director-General and World Heritage Committee Chair welcome decision to alter course of pipeline near Lake Baikal
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, and the Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee, Ina Marčiulionytė, today welcomed the decision ...
Monday, April 17, 2006
"Promoting and Preserving Congolese Heritage" Publication Now Available
The proceedings of the International Donors' Conference "Promoting and Preserving Congolese Heritage: Linking Biological and Cultural ...
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Swaziland ratifies the World Heritage Convention
On 30 November 2005, the Government of Swaziland officially deposited with the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, its instrument of ...
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Cities Named '2010 European Capital of Culture' include World Heritage sites
The selection panel for the 2010 European Capital of Culture have recommended that the German town Essen and the Hungarian city of Pécs should share ...
Sunday, April 9, 2006
Mali Launches Development of Timbuktu Management and Conservation Plan
Since January 2006, the Malian authorities have been developing a management and conservation plan for Timbuktu, a World Heritage site since ...
Saturday, April 8, 2006
World Heritage Centre Recognizes First World Migratory Bird Day
The World Heritage Centre highlights the importance of World Heritage sites for mirgratory birds on the occasion of the first World Migratory Bird Day ...
Wednesday, April 5, 2006
Opportunities for Small Islands States to Nominate Marine World Heritage Sites in the Caribbean
Representatives from 15 States Parties of the Caribbean region participated in a regional training workshop on marine World Heritage held in ...
Monday, April 3, 2006
Nature Conservation NGOs Pledge to Support World Heritage and Biodiversity Conventions
Following the January 2006 meeting on the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA), six of the ...
Thursday, March 23, 2006
World Heritage Committee Chairperson Sends Letter to President of Russian Federation concerning Lake Baikal
The Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee, Ina Marčiulionytė, has sent a letter to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir ...
Thursday, March 23, 2006
New Centre for World Heritage Studies at University of Minnesota, USA
The College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA) at University of Minnesota, USA, has established a Center for World Heritage Studies to ...
Monday, March 20, 2006
Experts discuss World Heritage and Climate Change; results to be submitted to World Heritage Committee in July
A two-day expert meeting on World Heritage and Climate Change successfully concluded at UNESCO Headquarters on Friday, bringing together over 50 ...
Sunday, March 19, 2006
The Basic Texts of the World Heritage Convention Available in Portuguese
As part of its commitment to World Heritage in Portuguese-speaking countries, the Portuguese National Commission for UNESCO has generously supported ...
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Co-sponsored Fellowships for World Heritage Site Managers
UNESCO's World Heritage Centre has signed a partnership agreement with the French not-for-profit organization, ‘Vocations Patrimoine, ...
Monday, March 6, 2006
Second Spanish Edition of World Heritage in Young Hands Kit
Patrimonio Mundial en Manos de Jovenes, the second Spanish edition of the World Heritage in Young Hands educational resource kit for teachers has just ...
Sunday, March 5, 2006
Information Related to the World Heritage Convention Available in Arabic
Within the framework of the World Heritage Convention, the clarity and precision of the information made available to the States Parties are two ...
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
First Steering Committee of the Central Africa World Heritage Forest Initiative
On February 13-16, 2006, the World Heritage Centre organized the Steering Committee of the Central Africa World Heritage Forest Initiative (CAWHFI) in ...
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Rapid Response Facility Launched for Natural World Heritage Sites
The World Heritage Centre, the United Nations Foundation, and Fauna and Flora International have launched a Rapid Response Facility (RRF) for natural ...
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Meeting Held to Support Implementation of Biological Diversity Convention Programme
From January 30 to February 1st, 2006, a meeting was held in Paris to consider actions in support of the implementation of the Convention on ...
Monday, February 20, 2006
Poster Competition Raises Awareness of Samoan Heritage
A poster competition for high school students was part of the "Heritage in Young Hands" awareness-raising campaign to promote understanding and ...
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
UNESCO Presents Design for Reinstallation of Aksum Obelisk
The project for the reinstallation of Aksum Obelisk (Stela 2) is completed UNESCO has completed the engineering design for the reinstallation of the ...
Thursday, January 19, 2006
2006 World Heritage Map: New UNESCO World Heritage Centre, National Geographic and Hewlett Packard Partnership
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is pleased to announce the publication of the 2006 World Heritage map, the first to be produced in collaboration with ...
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Jane Goodall receives UNESCO’s 60th anniversary medal
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, awarded UNESCO's 60th Anniversary Medal to Jane Goodall, the British-born primatologist, on Tuesday ...
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Conservation and Sustainable Management of Wildlife surrounding National Parks of the Congo Basin
On Friday November 25, 2005, the French Global Environmental Fund (FGEF) approved the financing of an ambitious project of the UNESCO World Heritage ...
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Ten years of decentralised cooperation between the cities of Chinon and Luang Prabang sponsored by UNESCO
On the occasion of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Luang Prabang's inscription on the World heritage list, this brochure presents the ...
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Workshop Held for Identification of Cultural World Heritage in the Pacific Region
The World Heritage Centre and the Vanuatu Cultural Centre (with funding from the World Heritage Fund, and the technical contribution of the Department ...
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Fourth Expert Working Group on the Preservation of the Bamiyan Site issued recommendations for Safeguarding Bamiyan
The Fourth Expert Working Group on the Preservation of the Bamiyan Site was successfully held in Kabul/ Aghanistan from 7 to 10 December 2005. Afghan ...
Monday, December 19, 2005
Goldman Sachs declares World Heritage sites “off limits”
Following in the footsteps of Shell International and the International Council on Mining & Metals (an industry association of the largest mining ...
Thursday, December 8, 2005
Town of Bamberg Spared Construction Project Potentially Harmful to World Heritage Values
Ongoing efforts by the Office of the Mayor of Bamberg (Germany) to preserve the Town of Bamberg, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993 ...
Thursday, December 8, 2005
Cultural and Ecotourism Developments in Central Asia
Within the framework for the project on the Development for Cultural and Ecotourism in the Mountainous Regions of Central and South Asia, there is ...
Tuesday, December 6, 2005
Fourth Expert Working Group on the preservation of the Bamiyan World Heritage site
Bamiyan remains one of the most important examples of Gandharan art in the world, despite the Taleban’s destruction of its two monumental Buddhas in ...
Thursday, December 1, 2005
[in French only] Sauver les derniers rhinocéros blancs du Nord du Parc national de la Garamba (RDC)
[in French only] Le Centre du Patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO, l’Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature, l’Union mondiale pour la nature, ...
Sunday, November 27, 2005
UNESCO World Heritage Desk Diary 2006
The perfect planner for all those with a passion for World Heritage! The UNESCO World Heritage Desk Diary 2006 features a helpful week-at-a-glance ...
Thursday, November 17, 2005
World Heritage Alliance launched
United Nations Foundation and Expedia announced the launch of the World Heritage Alliance, an innovative joint initiative to promote sustainable ...
Monday, October 24, 2005
Second training workshop for Jet tours guides held at UNESCO HQ
After a successful first workshop held on 29 September, the second of a series of training workshops for Jet tours guides is to be held at UNESCO ...