Table of Contents

In Focus
  • Revising the approach to urban conservation
    The capacity of historic cities to accommodate and benefit from the radical and rapid changes
    that accompany urban growth while maintaining heritage values is becoming a critical issue.
  • Towards social inclusion in urban settings
    More than half of the Earth’s population now lives in urban areas and this spectacular growth is significantly transforming the face of cities and their settings.
  • Melaka and George Town, historic cities of the Straits of Malacca: the challenge to retain World Heritage status
    The State Party and local stakeholders are continually collaborating to maintain a balance between development and conservation interests, ensuring that the two historic cities of Melaka and George Town preserve their World Heritage status.
  • Vienna: identity, values, threats
    Vienna developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It today no longer resembles the city it was over fifty years ago when the Allied forces of
    occupation moved out.
  • Stone Town of Zanzibar: revival and issues
    Since its inscription on the World Heritage List, various aspects of the Stone Town of Zanzibar have regained their identity. However, tourism, which has been a source of revitalization, now appears increasingly threatening and
    adversely affecting the integrity of the town.
  • Historic Cities – back to the future
    H.Peter Oberlander, a founding father of UN-HABITAT, was Professor Emeritus of community and regional planning at the University of British Columbia (Canada). He wrote this article for the inaugural edition of Urban World just weeks before his death on 27 December 2008.
In Danger
  • Urgent measures for Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park;
  • Despite progress, further efforts needed at Okapi Wildlife Reserve;
  • Projects proposed for the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls;
  • Threats to Belize Barrier Reef lead to danger listing.
  • Category 2 Centres on World Heritage;
  • Astronomical heritage;
  • Network meeting for East and South-East Europe;
  • Experts recommend disaster risk management;
  • International Safeguarding Campaign in Turkey ends successfully;
  • Site managers meet in Spain;
  • Progress at Lascaux;
  • 10th anniversary of France-UNESCO Cooperation Agreement;
  • Unprecedented agreement on Algiers subway;
  • Twelve new members elected to World Heritage Committee.
  • World Heritage and Peace;
  • U.S. President Obama visits Cape Coast Castle, Ghana;
  • The Animals of the River: A participative project in Mali;
  • World Heritage Centre partners win Internationalist Digital Awards;
  • Replica Byzantine sawmill inaugurated in Jerash, Jordan;
  • New La Monnaie de Paris World Heritage Series;
  • 2009-2010 World Heritage Map;
  • UNESCO launches partnership with TripAdvisor;
  • Jet Tours contributes to the World Heritage Fund.
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