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Experts convene at UNESCO on future of culture and tourism at EU-China Conference
UNESCO gathered tourism and heritage experts at the Organization's Headquarters on 29 October 2018 to examine the leading role that tourism and culture can play in fostering sustainable development in the EU and China. The EU-China High Level Conference on World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism was organized in the framework of the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year, an initiative led by the European Commission and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China, to ...
Qhapaq Ñan countries continue collaboration with more workshops
The national Technical Secretariats of the six countries belonging to the Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System continue their collaborative efforts in strengthening the conservation and management structure of this unique and complex World Heritage site, inscribed in 2014 as a serial cultural transboundary property crossing Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. In the months of August, September and October 2018, members of each national technical team, as well as ...
UNESCO condemns the intentional destruction of a historical mosque and mausoleum in the Hodeida Governorate of Yemen
UNESCO condemns the intentional destruction of the Ahmed Al-Faz Mosque and Mausoleum in Hodeida, located on the coast approximately 30km from the World Heritage property of the Historic Town of Zabid. The General Organization of Antiquities and Museums (GOAM) in Yemen confirmed, in a statement published on 23 October, that the building was destroyed by extremists on the previous day. The original structure dated from the second century A.H. (7th century A.D.) and continued to be in use by ...
Public-private consortium pioneers global leadership in climate adaptation across UNESCO World Heritage sites
For the first time, UNESCO World Heritage coral reef managers will partner with global climate resilience experts and local community stakeholders to build and embed comprehensive resilience strategies into their management of World Heritage sites. The project builds on the capacity of reef managers to work locally and enables a global network of flagship protected area managers to create innovative approaches that can help fast track resilience of coral reefs in hot spots around the globe. ...
Communities and reinforcement of the management of the Royal Palaces of Abomey (Benin)
The project "Communities and reinforcement of the management of the Royal Palaces of Abomey World Heritage Site” financed by the Netherlands Funds-in-Trust was implemented from July 2017 to August 2018, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of Benin, the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and the School of African Heritage (EPA). The project aimed to strengthen the state of conservation of the Royal Palaces of Abomey by improving the management of the site through enhanced ...
In Memoriam: David Lowenthal, historian and geographer (1923-2018)
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre was saddened to learn of the passing of David Lowenthal, the American historian and geographer whose revolutionary work contributed to heritage study being recognized as an academic discipline. He argued that heritage was not history, but rather what people choose from history to define themselves.    Born in the United States, he lived most of his life in the United Kingdom. He graduated from Harvard University with a history degree in 1943, ...
Management Strategies developed for Silk Roads Corridors in Central Asia: Phase II
The results have been released concerning the development of management strategies for the Silk Road corridors in Central Asia after the sub-regional meeting of the working group on preparation of the dossier of the Serial transnational nomination of the World Heritage "Silk Road: Fergana-Syrdarya Corridor" held on 2 October 2018 and a sub-regional seminar on the development of management strategies for the Silk Road corridors held from 3 to 4 October 2018 in Almaty, ...
Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Day for Disaster Reduction, 13 October 2018
Every year, disasters caused by natural hazards affect millions of people around the world. The resultant human losses are tragic and highlight the vulnerabilities shared by our societies. Recent events have illustrated the devastating effects of natural disasters. The State of Kerala in India, for example, experienced in August the worst episode of flooding since 1924. Many hundreds of people lost their lives and more than 200,000 had to be evacuated. In Japan, this summer, 221 people died ...
Strengthening marine World Heritage in Sudan through South-South cooperation
From 9 to 12 October 2018, World Heritage managers from the Africa and Arab region met at Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay – Mukkawar Island Marine National Park in Sudan. The meeting focused on sharing expertise in balancing conservation of the site's unique natural values with the reduction of poverty among local communities that are directly dependent on the World Heritage area.  Watch Pictures The Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay – Mukkawar Island ...
First UNESCO-led China-Germany cultural exchange on heritage conservation for Sustainable Development
The first China/Germany Cultural Exchange on Heritage Conservation for Sustainable Development, organized at the initiative of UNESCO, took place on 26-30 September 2018 in Berlin, Germany, and gathered international experts and stakeholders for an international reflection session on the role of culture as a vector of sustainable development on the international stage, today and in the future.  Organized by the UNESCO Beijing Cluster Office and hosted by the Institute for Heritage ...

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