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Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of the International Youth Day "Transforming Education” - 12 August
Across the world, young people are faced with inequalities in education. Yet, they are also key actors in the transformation of education that we are calling for. Their ideas and innovative spirit need to be heard in order to reach our common goas inscribed in Agenda  2030,  which  is  our  greatest  opportunity  to  build  more  inclusive  and  fair  societies. Education is the heart of UNESCO's action towards a ...
Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, 9 August
Since 1982, the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples has provided us with a unique opportunity to raise global awareness of the contributions made by indigenous peoples towards building peace and developing sustainable and resilient societies. On this Day, we take steps to recognise and acknowledge indigenous peoples as knowledge-holders who have contributed to the conservation and sustainable use of the world's biodiversity and ecosystems. This was recently ...
Norway strengthens its support for the protection of Natural World Heritage
On 16 July 2019, US$ 2.9 million (NOK 25 million) were received from Norway as part of a partnership agreement signed last month supporting UNESCO's work in various fields, including heritage preservation. These funds will be dedicated to the preservation of natural World Heritage sites in Africa. The significant increase in Norway's contribution vividly demonstrates its commitment to the protection of natural heritage, in the wake of the announcement in 2018 that the Norwegian ...
Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem
Mangroves are rare, spectacular and prolific ecosystems on the boundary between land and sea. These extra ordinary ecosystems contribute to the wellbeing, food security, and protection of coastal communities worldwide. They support a rich biodiversity and provide a valuable nursery habitat for fish and crustaceans. Mangroves also act as a form of natural coastal defense against storm surges, tsunamis, rising sea levels and erosion. Their soils are highly effective carbon sinks, sequestering ...
UNESCO calls for concerted action to strengthen the resilience of coral reefs
As a side event of the meeting of the World Heritage Committee (Baku from 1 to 10 July), UNESCO and its partners met on 5 July to take stock of the initiative launched in October 2018 to strengthen coral reef adaptation to climate change. The initiative aims to establish an effective strategy for climate change resilience in five coral reefs inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List: the Rock Islands Southern Lagoon (Palau), the Lagoons of New Caledonia (France), the Belize Barrier ...
Danger Listing and international cooperation to protect the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California (Mexico)
On 3 July 2019, during its 43rd session in Baku, Azerbaijan, the World Heritage Committee inscribed the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California in Mexico on the List of World Heritage in Danger. One of the main reasons for this decision is the current vulnerable situation of the vaquita species, whose population, according to the most recent scientific evidence, has drastically declined, mainly due to the unsustainable illegal fishing practices. In particular, the vaquita has ...
World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2019
The 2019 edition of the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum gathered 30 participants from 30 countries to address the global challenge of heritage protection and conservation in the 21st century. Following the case studies of the World Heritage proprieties in Azerbaijan, the theme of this year's Forum was chosen as "World Heritage: Local Insights for Global Challenges”. During the Forum, the participants exchanged their ideas, concerns on the protection and preservation of ...
Indigenous peoples stress that language is key to safeguarding World Heritage
For the first time, indigenous peoples from across the globe gathered during the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee in Baku, Azerbaijan, to highlight the importance of indigenous languages for safeguarding World Heritage properties. In an event marking the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019, the indigenous panelists stressed that without language, there can be no transmission of community values and stories, and, therefore, no transmission of heritage to future ...
Fuzhou (China) to host 2020 session of World Heritage Committee
The city of Fuzhou (China) will host the next session of the World Heritage Committee in 2020. This decision concluded the work of the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee, meeting in Baku since 30 June. During this year's session, the World Heritage Committee inscribed a total of 29 new sites on the World Heritage List (one in Africa, two in the Arab States, ten in the Asia Pacific region, 15 in Europe and North America and one in Latin America). The World Heritage List now ...
Have You Tried the New Policy Compendium Online Tool?
The World Heritage Policy Compendium - a consolidated source of policy decisions made under the Convention - is now online. The World Heritage Policy Compendium is a collection of policies that have guided the implementation of the World Heritage Convention since its adoption in 1972. It assembles the policies adopted by the World Heritage Committee and General Assembly of States Parties in their decisions, resolutions, and other strategic texts. The Online Tool functions as an easily ...

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