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UNESCO World Heritage Committee session to be hosted by China after a one-year hiatus
The World Heritage Committee's 44th session will be chaired from Fuzhou (China) and take place online from 16 to 31 July, combining current work and issues left outstanding since last year, when the annual meeting was postponed due to COVID-19. The extended session will be chaired by Tian Xuejun, China's Vice Minister for Education and Director of China's National Commission for UNESCO. Mechtild Rössler, Director of UNESCO's World Heritage Centre, will be ...
Impacts of COVID-19 on World Heritage to continue for years, according to report
COVID-19 has impacted all sectors and all regions, and the world's over 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage properties are no exception. To understand the impact of COVID-19 on World Heritage one year after the start of the pandemic, UNESCO launched a far-reaching survey of site managers and national authorities and have published the results in the report ‘World Heritage in the face of COVID-19'. The survey found that many respondents expect the effects of the crisis on World Heritage ...
Six youth finalists for African World Heritage Day Competition in Eastern Africa
Following the launch of the first regional competition for Eastern Africa entitled: "Mobilizing Youth Engagement in the Celebration of African World Heritage Day - 5th May 2021,” six (6) proposals from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda were selected as finalists and will receive 5000 USD grants to raise awareness and engagement of youth for the protection and promotion of World Heritage in Africa. The online competition, which was launched by the UNESCO ...
First consultations to implement "Supporting capacity-building of World Heritage sites in East Africa” project
Following the official launch of the project " Supporting capacity-building of World Heritage sites in East Africa (Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania)” supported by the Sultanate of Oman, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC) organized the first consultation meetings with concerned national institutions and partners of the five beneficiary countries, from 27 April to 8 June 2021. The project and the timely support from UNESCO and the Sultanate of Oman ...
World Oceans Day: How Marine World Heritage builds resilience for people and nature
World Oceans Day How Marine World Heritage builds resilience for people and nature Spread across 37 nations from the tropics to the poles, the 50 UNESCO marine World Heritage sites are among the ocean's most productive waters. Their abundance of marine life is vital to sustain the livelihoods of indigenous communities, local businesses and artists alike. This year's United Nations World Oceans Day highlights the critical importance of the ocean as a source of life ...
World Environment Day: Ecosystem Restoration
This year's World Environment Day will launch and focus on the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a global rallying cry to heal our planet. Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet - and its people. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. It can help to end poverty, combat climate change ...
#SOSAfricanHeritage 2021: Call for Project Proposals
The German Commission for UNESCO herewith invites UNESCO World Heritage sites and UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Africa to submit proposals for projects that help them to overcome an existing impairment caused by the COVID 19 pandemic. Up to 20,000 Euro financial support will be provided to selected projects. By providing financial and technical support to UNESCO World Heritage sites and Biosphere Reserves in Africa, the German Commission for UNESCO aims at helping to maintain independent and ...
UNESCO publications are now carbon neutral - discover the carbon offsetting project supported in Virunga National Park
UNESCO is now compensating for all greenhouse gas emissions caused by in-house and outsourced printing services at Headquarters (HQ). To make our print publications ‘carbon neutral', UNESCO has chosen to support the development of a small scale hydropower project near Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a UNESCO World Heritage site. While UNESCO is striving to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and overall environmental footprint, some emissions cannot be ...
Monitoring World Heritage site closures
Monitoring World Heritage site closures Introduction to the global map on the closure of World Heritage sites due to Covid-19 and analysis. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many governments have taken measures to restrict movements of people and access to certain areas. This includes the closure of natural and cultural World Heritage sites in the 167 countries they are located in. Please consider the following when reviewing the map: The World Heritage Convention has been ratified ...
Legacy Landscapes Fund to provide long-term funding for globally significant protected areas
This unique fund brings together public and private donors for a common goal: better protection of nature in order to safeguard some of the most important areas on earth, including natural World Heritage sites. The Legacy Landscapes Fund (LLF) aims to address one of the main bottlenecks for the conservation of globally significant protected areas located in the developing world: the lack of a secured funding source to cover basic management and protection costs. Often these protected areas ...

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