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Ukraine: over 150 cultural sites partially or totally destroyed
According to a new count, 152 cultural sites in Ukraine have been partially or totally destroyed since the beginning of the war. UNESCO reiterates its call to respect international law, and continues its actions in support of cultural professionals in the field. On Thursday, UNESCO published an updated assessment of the damage caused to cultural sites in Ukraine since 24 February 2022, when Russian offensive began. According to the checks carried out by its experts, 152 cultural sites have ...
Celebrating one year of HUL Call for Action
In the last 12 months, 145 cities, institutions and individuals have signed up to the HUL Call for Action to raise awareness about the 2011 UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) and to accelerate inclusive urban and heritage management. Responses came from 59 countries from all regions of the world. They included stakeholders from academia, cultural institutions, the public and private sectors, civil society and NGOs. The number and diversity of respondents highlights ...
UNESCO welcomes commitments made by Equinor and Responsible Jewellery Council to protect World Heritage
Equinor, one of the leading energy companies and an important player in the oil and gas sector and the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), a leading standard-setting organization for the jewellery and watch industry, have confirmed their commitments to safeguard World Heritage sites. With an aim to preserve biodiversity and sensitive areas, and to reverse nature loss by 2030, Equinor introduced a new biodiversity position that comprises five areas of action to strengthen biodiversity ...
Afghanistan: UNESCO continues to protect the Minaret of Jam with local communities
Between February and March 2022, UNESCO supported the emergency clearing of the riverbeds of the Jam and Hari Rivers along the side of the Minaret of Jam World Heritage property in Afghanistan, to prevent the impact of seasonal flash floods. The Minaret of Jam was the first Afghan site inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List, in 2002. Due to its fragility, it was immediately placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger, in recognition of the protective measures that needed to be ...
Reinforcing the representation of the Africa region on the UNESCO World Heritage List
In line with UNESCO's Priority Africa, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC) is supporting 10 African countries without inscribed World Heritage properties (Burundi, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, South Sudan) through the "Capacity-building programme for the nomination of World Heritage sites in the Africa Region,” supported by the government of Japan, with the objectives of enhancing the capacities of ...
I discover my heritage: heritage educational process in Rabat
Under the presidency of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa, the Foundation for the Safeguarding of the Cultural Heritage of Rabat has set up the programme "I discover my heritage" for the benefit of 3720 secondary school students from 62 secondary schools in Rabat in partnership with the Ministry of National Education, Preschool and Sports and the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication of Morocco, in collaboration with UNESCO. With the objective of facilitating access ...
Post COVID-19 World Heritage Site Management: Integration of Conservation, Tourism and Local Livelihood Strategies at World Heritage sites
The project "Post COVID-19 World Heritage Site Management: Integration of Conservation, Tourism and Local Livelihood Strategies at World Heritage Sites”, funded by the government of Japan through the UNESCO/Japanese Funds-in-Trust, will be carried out from 2022 to 2024. The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to national lockdowns and global travel restrictions and  to the closure of many heritage sites around the world (see UNESCO report World Heritage in the face of ...
Stockholm+50 reflects on milestones in conservation of nature's treasures
As we celebrate 50 years of global environmental action for the anniversary of the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, a side-event commemorated the birth and achievements of four key biodiversity-related Conventions adopted in the 1970s: the Ramsar Convention, the World Heritage Convention, CITES and the Convention on Migratory Species. Watch the event here Conservation of species and ecosystems is key to a healthy planet and livelihoods. By showcasing concrete ...
Suppressing the spread of uncontrolled fire in Mount Kenya National Park
A fire in Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest, burning for over two months, escalated to uncontrolled levels on the northern slopes in February. The Rapid Response Facility (RRF), a UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Fauna and Flora International joint initiative providing small grants in emergency situations affecting biodiversity within natural World Heritage sites mobilized US$40,000 to the Mount Kenya Trust to support fire suppression activities and to prevent additional loss of ...
Join the World Heritage Volunteers 2022 Campaign
Resilience and Re-mobilization towards World Heritage The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is pleased to announce the selected projects of the World Heritage Volunteers 2022 Campaign! Under the theme Resilience and Re-mobilization towards World Heritage, 59 action camp projects will be implemented from June to December 2022 at 56 World Heritage properties and sites on the Tentative Lists, by 44 organizations in 29 countries around the globe. These projects will include concrete ...

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