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UNESCO - World Heritage
Freitag, 9.10.2020, 18:00
On the 1st of October, the second online World Heritage Nomination workshop, for Anglophone and Francophone countries, was officially closed by the Director of the World Heritage Centre. The training examined the challenges and strengths of nomination dossiers for 12 countries from the African Region, namely Benin, Cameroon, Côte-d'Ivoire, Gabon, Mali, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Considering the context of COVID-19 pandemic, the African World Heritage Fund ...
Mittwoch, 14.10.2020, 07:00
Altering the route of the Transgabonese highway near the Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda will better protect the World Heritage site.
The Transgabonese highway project, which is to cross five provinces of Gabon to link Libreville (West) and Franceville (East) by expressway, foresees the rehabilitation and upgrading of various roads. The World Heritage Committee had expressed its concern regarding the potential impact of this project on the Ecosystem and Relict ...
Mittwoch, 4.11.2020, 06:00
On 5 October 2020, the Urban Economy Forum (UEF) in collaboration with UN-Habitat organized the "Urban Economy Forum 2020". The event brought together ministers, mayors, representatives of UN agencies, and high-profile experts from the private and public sectors and academia for a conversation on sustainable urban development for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
UNESCO supports this initiative and welcomes efforts to address the challenge of sustainable urban ...
Mittwoch, 25.11.2020, 16:00
The "Online technical meeting for Libyan properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger” aims at clarifying the process for the elaboration of the Desired State of Conservation (DSOCR) for the removal of Libyan properties from the List of World Heritage in Danger. Taking the Old Town of Ghadames as a case study, the participants will analyse the situation and set the basis for the DSOCR proposal.
The meeting will aim at analyzing the state of conservation of the property and will ...
Mittwoch, 30.9.2020, 07:00
The World Heritage Centre is organizing an Information Meeting regarding the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee.
The meeting will be held online on Wednesday, 30 September for all permanent delegations of UNESCO.The working languages of the meeting will be English and French and simultaneous interpretation will be provided in these two languages.
Donnerstag, 3.12.2020, 15:00
Climate change has become the biggest threat to the conservation of the 50 marine sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. But understanding climate change impacts on a large marine protected area, some of whose ecosystems remain unmapped, can be challenging.
The Climate Vulnerability Index (CVI) is an innovative and rapid assessment tool that is distinct from other vulnerability assessments because of its focus on World Heritage properties. The CVI evaluates vulnerability of both the ...
Dienstag, 6.10.2020, 07:00
International experts from the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) led an online meeting on the theme "Safeguarding the cultural heritage of Comoros" for government stakeholders in Comoros on 29 September 2020. The meeting was organized in close collaboration with the Direction General for Arts and Culture of Comoros and reinforced existing UNESCO projects underway in Comoros for the preparation of a first nomination file for World Heritage, a ...
Mittwoch, 7.10.2020, 07:00
As part of an ongoing UNESCO World Heritage Fund International Assistance project  "Capacity building and implementation of the World Heritage Convention in South Sudan”, UNESCO Juba Office in close collaboration with the South Sudan Ministry of Culture, Museums and National Heritage organized a three-day training workshop aimed at strengthening capacities of World Heritage stakeholders under the theme "National Consultation and Awareness raising on South Sudan's ...
Mittwoch, 4.11.2020, 06:00
On 5 October 2020, the Urban Economy Forum (UEF) in collaboration with UN-Habitat organized the "Urban Economy Forum 2020". The event brought together ministers, mayors, representatives of UN agencies, and high-profile experts from the private and public sectors and academia for a conversation on sustainable urban development for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
UNESCO supports this initiative and welcomes efforts to address the challenge of sustainable urban ...
Donnerstag, 19.11.2020, 06:00
On 4 November 2020, Domus organized the DomusForum 2020 "The future of cities”. The conference brought together high-profile experts, international organizations, business leaders, government officials and academics for a conversation on the challenges faced by cities, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The conference focused on a central question: "Will the concept of cities as we know them survive the era of the virus?" At the same time, several key issues ...
Freitag, 9.10.2020, 07:00
Migratory birds are part of our shared natural World Heritage. They depend on critical breeding, staging and wintering sites along major flyways which often span several continents. Two of the world's largest migratory bird stop-over areas, Wadden Sea and Banc d'Arguin National Park were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2009 and 1989 respectively. This World Migratory Bird Day, we celebrate the birds that connect our cultures and the people all over the world who ...
Mittwoch, 14.10.2020, 07:00
Altering the route of the Transgabonese highway near the Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda will better protect the World Heritage site.
The Transgabonese highway project, which is to cross five provinces of Gabon to link Libreville (West) and Franceville (East) by expressway, foresees the rehabilitation and upgrading of various roads. The World Heritage Committee had expressed its concern regarding the potential impact of this project on the Ecosystem and Relict ...
Sonntag, 8.11.2020, 06:00
The third edition of RO.ME Museum Exhibition, the professional and international platform for institutions and companies operating in museums, culture and art, in a renewed format,  sees the launch of the "Santagata Foundation Award for UNESCO designations”, addressed to sustainable development projects realized between 2019 and 2020, and conferred by a scientific committee coordinated by the Santagata Foundation for the Economics of Culture.
The award aims at providing visibility ...
Montag, 30.11.2020, 06:00
ProtectingUNESCO marine World Heritagethrough scientific research
Photo Exhibition

Initiative organized in the framework of the forthcoming United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)

Exhibition developed with the support of the Government of the Principality of Monaco In collaboration with Monaco Explorations

© Olivier Borde / Monaco Explorations

While UNESCO's marine World Heritage sites are best known for their ...
Montag, 23.11.2020, 17:00
On November 18 2020, colleagues from UNESCO's Africa Unit of the World Heritage Centre (WHC), Field Offices in the Africa region, as well as from the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), met online for their periodic meeting concerning the progress of the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention in Africa.
The discussion focused on UNESCO's longstanding Priority Africa Initiative, the AWHF's short and long-term vision for the continent, and the results of the ...
Freitag, 9.10.2020, 07:00
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has received numerous emails with third-party information regarding the construction of a concrete road passing through the World Heritage property "Sinharaja Forest Reserve” (Sri Lanka), which could negatively affect the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of this property. The road development was reportedly under temporary suspension, but work appears to have resumed, following an order by the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri ...
Mittwoch, 21.10.2020, 07:00
Following requests from the United Republic of Tanzania, the World Heritage Fund has granted a total of USD 59,836 in International Financial Assistance for two new projects to address conservation and management needs at two World Heritage sites: the Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara and Kondoa Rock-Art Sites.

A project signing ceremony convened by the Tanzania National Commission for UNESCO was organized in October 2020 in Dar es Salaam for the ...
Dienstag, 27.10.2020, 06:00
The UIA (International Union of Architects) marked the World Architecture Day on Monday 5 October by holding a live webinar to discuss this year's theme: "Toward a better urban future”.
Moderated by UIA President Thomas Vonier and UIA Secretary General Serban Tiganas, the webinar began with a virtual roundtable which included the UN Habitat Assistant Secretary General and Executive Director Victor Kisob, Deputy Director for the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO Jyoti ...
Montag, 2.11.2020, 06:00
The 14th extraordinary sessionof the World Heritage Committeewill be held online on 2 November 2020,from 12 pm to 3 pm (Paris Time, France).
Following the decision of the Bureau, which met on 16 October 2020,this 14th extraordinary session of the World Heritage Committee was convened.
The working languages of the meeting will be English and Frenchand simultaneous interpretation will be provided in these two languages.
Mittwoch, 25.11.2020, 16:00
The "Online technical meeting for Libyan properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger” aims at clarifying the process for the elaboration of the Desired State of Conservation (DSOCR) for the removal of Libyan properties from the List of World Heritage in Danger. Taking the Old Town of Ghadames as a case study, the participants will analyse the situation and set the basis for the DSOCR proposal.
The meeting will aim at analyzing the state of conservation of the property and will ...
Dienstag, 20.10.2020, 07:00
With support from the German Commission for UNESCO's #SOSAfricanHeritage Fund, seven World Heritage sites from five Eastern African countries have received grants to help overcome impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on management and conservation.
The recipients include: Simien National Park in Ethiopia; Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests and Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest in Kenya; Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve and Bélo sur Mer Kirindy-Mite Biosphere Reserve in ...
Mittwoch, 21.10.2020, 18:00
The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and the National Institute of Cultural Heritage together with experts from the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) are pleased to invite you to take part in a webinar on 21 October 2020. Organized to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the reconstruction of the ...
Montag, 26.10.2020, 06:00
Site managers report on Covid-19

World Heritage sites are also affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the managers of World Heritage sites tell us how they are coping with the crisis.
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre would like to warmly thank the site managers and staff who made the effort to update us during this particularly difficult time.This page will continue to be updated.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park(Uganda)

Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties ...
Freitag, 13.11.2020, 21:00
The 16th of November marks the 48th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention. This Convention protects the world's most outstanding places, belonging to us all.
Where it all began
The idea of creating an international movement for protecting heritage emerged after World War I. The 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage developed from the merging of two separate movements: the first focusing on the preservation of ...
Dienstag, 20.10.2020, 07:00
The Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Mechtild Rössler, expressed concern after the fire that, on the afternoon of 11 October, broke out in Kilimanjaro National Park (United Republic of Tanzania), a property inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1987.
"We are in contact with the Tanzania National Park Authority (TANAPA) which is currently carrying out an initial assessment of the damage caused by the fire," said Ms Rössler. "We are confident that the ...
Freitag, 13.11.2020, 21:00
The 16th of November marks the 48th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention. This Convention protects the world's most outstanding places, belonging to us all.
Where it all began
The idea of creating an international movement for protecting heritage emerged after World War I. The 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage developed from the merging of two separate movements: the first focusing on the preservation of ...
Freitag, 2.10.2020, 22:00
Global strategy needed in ‘watershed' moment to steer away from unsustainable tourism, stress experts at UNESCO debate.
The online debate ‘Culture, Tourism and COVID-19: Recovery, Resiliency and Rejuvenation' took place on 28 September and highlighted the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry and the crippling effect it is having on many World Heritage sites, intangible cultural heritage practices, cultural activities and institutions, as well as their ...
Donnerstag, 22.10.2020, 07:00
As part of the celebration of UN World Habitat Day, a high-level conference under the theme "Housing For All: A better Urban Future” was held online on 5 October 2020, at the initiative of the Ministry of National Territory Development, Urban Planning, Habitat and Urban Policy of Morocco. The event brought together several ministers and senior officials in charge of Housing, as well as representatives from international organisations and civil society.
It offered an opportunity for a ...
Mittwoch, 7.10.2020, 07:00
As part of an ongoing UNESCO World Heritage Fund International Assistance project  "Capacity building and implementation of the World Heritage Convention in South Sudan”, UNESCO Juba Office in close collaboration with the South Sudan Ministry of Culture, Museums and National Heritage organized a three-day training workshop aimed at strengthening capacities of World Heritage stakeholders under the theme "National Consultation and Awareness raising on South Sudan's ...
Samstag, 14.11.2020, 16:00
In reaction to numerous inaccurate statements and errors circulating in the press about the situation of Hagia Sophia, UNESCO wishes to recall the following:

UNESCO reacted to the change of Hagia Sophia's status as early as July 2020 and expressed its concern in this regard. This position has remained constant since then. 
UNESCO immediately initiated a review process and sent a mission to the property from 5 to 9 October 2020, led by an eminent cultural heritage expert, to look ...
Freitag, 9.10.2020, 07:00
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has received numerous emails with third-party information regarding the construction of a concrete road passing through the World Heritage property "Sinharaja Forest Reserve” (Sri Lanka), which could negatively affect the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of this property. The road development was reportedly under temporary suspension, but work appears to have resumed, following an order by the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri ...
Dienstag, 3.11.2020, 06:00
On 29 October 2020, the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) secretariat presented the draft UfM Strategic Action Plan and its Housing Action Plan to the Euro-Mediterranean local and regional authorities, as well as associations active in the region, within the framework of the ongoing consultation process on the development of the Strategic Action Plan for sustainable urban development.
The presentation was organized by Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Euro-Mediterranean Regional ...
Freitag, 20.11.2020, 14:00
On November 9 2020, the Africa Unit of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and ICCROM experts met online to develop a project that will contribute to capacity-building in disaster risk management and protection systems for World Heritage sites in Africa.
The project will be implemented in two phases: a series of online webinars, followed by a visit to an African World Heritage site. Lasting one year, it will target in its first phase six (6) pilot sites and contribute to the development of a ...
Dienstag, 20.10.2020, 07:00
With support from the German Commission for UNESCO's #SOSAfricanHeritage Fund, seven World Heritage sites from five Eastern African countries have received grants to help overcome impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on management and conservation.
The recipients include: Simien National Park in Ethiopia; Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests and Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest in Kenya; Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve and Bélo sur Mer Kirindy-Mite Biosphere Reserve in ...
Donnerstag, 22.10.2020, 07:00
As part of the celebration of UN World Habitat Day, a high-level conference under the theme "Housing For All: A better Urban Future” was held online on 5 October 2020, at the initiative of the Ministry of National Territory Development, Urban Planning, Habitat and Urban Policy of Morocco. The event brought together several ministers and senior officials in charge of Housing, as well as representatives from international organisations and civil society.
It offered an opportunity for a ...
Dienstag, 20.10.2020, 07:00
The Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Mechtild Rössler, expressed concern after the fire that, on the afternoon of 11 October, broke out in Kilimanjaro National Park (United Republic of Tanzania), a property inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1987.
"We are in contact with the Tanzania National Park Authority (TANAPA) which is currently carrying out an initial assessment of the damage caused by the fire," said Ms Rössler. "We are confident that the ...
Freitag, 9.10.2020, 07:00
Migratory birds are part of our shared natural World Heritage. They depend on critical breeding, staging and wintering sites along major flyways which often span several continents. Two of the world's largest migratory bird stop-over areas, Wadden Sea and Banc d'Arguin National Park were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2009 and 1989 respectively. This World Migratory Bird Day, we celebrate the birds that connect our cultures and the people all over the world who ...
Montag, 26.10.2020, 06:00
Site managers report on Covid-19

World Heritage sites are also affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the managers of World Heritage sites tell us how they are coping with the crisis.
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre would like to warmly thank the site managers and staff who made the effort to update us during this particularly difficult time.This page will continue to be updated.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park(Uganda)

Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties ...
Sonntag, 8.11.2020, 06:00
The third edition of RO.ME Museum Exhibition, the professional and international platform for institutions and companies operating in museums, culture and art, in a renewed format,  sees the launch of the "Santagata Foundation Award for UNESCO designations”, addressed to sustainable development projects realized between 2019 and 2020, and conferred by a scientific committee coordinated by the Santagata Foundation for the Economics of Culture.
The award aims at providing visibility ...
Montag, 12.10.2020, 07:00
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 ...
Dienstag, 3.11.2020, 06:00
On 29 October 2020, the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) secretariat presented the draft UfM Strategic Action Plan and its Housing Action Plan to the Euro-Mediterranean local and regional authorities, as well as associations active in the region, within the framework of the ongoing consultation process on the development of the Strategic Action Plan for sustainable urban development.
The presentation was organized by Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and ...
Donnerstag, 29.10.2020, 14:00
This World Cities Day is the seventh global celebration since the day was launched in 2014 in Shanghai, China. The 2020 World Cities Day themed ‘Valuing our communities and cities' underlines the importance of the local communities who are at the heart of building sustainable cities.
By 2050, nearly 7 out of 10 people in the world will live in cities. Cities have become the point of confluence where, economic, social, cultural and environmental factors converge and interact not just to ...
Dienstag, 27.10.2020, 06:00
The UIA (International Union of Architects) marked the World Architecture Day on Monday 5 October by holding a live webinar to discuss this year's theme: "Toward a better urban future”.
Moderated by UIA President Thomas Vonier and UIA Secretary General Serban Tiganas, the webinar began with a virtual roundtable which included the UN Habitat Assistant Secretary General and Executive Director Victor Kisob, Deputy Director for the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO Jyoti ...
Freitag, 2.10.2020, 22:00
Global strategy needed in ‘watershed' moment to steer away from unsustainable tourism, stress experts at UNESCO debate.
The online debate ‘Culture, Tourism and COVID-19: Recovery, Resiliency and Rejuvenation' took place on 28 September and highlighted the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry and the crippling effect it is having on many World Heritage sites, intangible cultural heritage practices, cultural activities and institutions, as well as their ...
Montag, 9.11.2020, 16:00
Special panel on "Sustainable heritage management: New challenges, new competences”on 9 November 2020 (16:00 – 17:30, Bangkok time). 
Representatives from World Heritage Centre and Advisory bodies, including International Centre for the Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will discuss the latest thinking and trends regarding sustainable ...
Donnerstag, 3.12.2020, 15:00
Climate change has become the biggest threat to the conservation of the 50 marine sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. But understanding climate change impacts on a large marine protected area, some of whose ecosystems remain unmapped, can be challenging.
The Climate Vulnerability Index (CVI) is an innovative and rapid assessment tool that is distinct from other vulnerability assessments because of its focus on World Heritage properties. The CVI evaluates vulnerability of both the ...
Freitag, 9.10.2020, 18:00
On the 1st of October, the second online World Heritage Nomination workshop, for Anglophone and Francophone countries, was officially closed by the Director of the World Heritage Centre. The training examined the challenges and strengths of nomination dossiers for 12 countries from the African Region, namely Benin, Cameroon, Côte-d'Ivoire, Gabon, Mali, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Considering the context of COVID-19 pandemic, the African World Heritage Fund ...
Donnerstag, 1.10.2020, 07:30
The Director of the World Heritage Centre, Dr Mechtild Rössler, launches the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the region of Asia and the Pacific via a video message addressed to the National Focal Points
One of the two main monitoring mechanisms within the framework of the 1972 World Heritage Convention, alongside Reactive Monitoring, the Periodic Reporting exercise is a statutory requirement under the Convention, whereby all States Parties are asked to provide up-to-date ...
Donnerstag, 22.10.2020, 01:00
From 7 to 30 October 2020, the photo exhibition "Protecting UNESCO Marine World Heritage through scientific research" features 21 photographs at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, as well as a digital edition.
Exceptional photographs highlight how innovative marine experts and scientists take the pulse of the ocean by exploring ecosystems, studying the movement of species, or revealing the hidden biodiversity of coral reefs. Scientific discoveries are more important than ever for ...
Mittwoch, 4.11.2020, 17:00
 On 28 October 2020, the World Heritage Centre (WHC), in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) started the Data Analysis and Report Synthesis Online Workshop in the framework of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the Africa Region.
More than 35 participants from the AWHF, WHC, Advisory Bodies and international heritage experts met online for three days to discuss and work on the methodology for data analysis and synthesis, following the results of the Third ...
Montag, 12.10.2020, 07:00
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 ...
Samstag, 14.11.2020, 16:00
In reaction to numerous inaccurate statements and errors circulating in the press about the situation of Hagia Sophia, UNESCO wishes to recall the following:

UNESCO reacted to the change of Hagia Sophia's status as early as July 2020 and expressed its concern in this regard. This position has remained constant since then. 
UNESCO immediately initiated a review process and sent a mission to the property from 5 to 9 October 2020, led by an eminent cultural heritage expert, to look ...
Donnerstag, 24.9.2020, 07:00
The Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention set forth the procedures for the protection and conservation of World Heritage properties, the inscription of properties on the World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger, the granting of International Assistance under the World Heritage Fund, and the mobilization of national and international support in favor of the Convention.
They were revised in 2019 by the World Heritage Committee ...
Mittwoch, 25.11.2020
In 2000, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution officially designating 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. 
In doing so, the United Nations invited governments, international organizations as well as NGOs to join together and raise public awareness every year on that date. Twenty years on, the battle to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world remains a challenge worldwide.World ...
Donnerstag, 22.10.2020, 01:00
From 7 to 30 October 2020, the photo exhibition "Protecting UNESCO Marine World Heritage through scientific research" features 21 photographs at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, as well as a digital edition.
Exceptional photographs highlight how innovative marine experts and scientists take the pulse of the ocean by exploring ecosystems, studying the movement of species, or revealing the hidden biodiversity of coral reefs. Scientific discoveries are more important than ever for ...
Mittwoch, 21.10.2020, 07:00
Following requests from the United Republic of Tanzania, the World Heritage Fund has granted a total of USD 59,836 in International Financial Assistance for two new projects to address conservation and management needs at two World Heritage sites: the Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara and Kondoa Rock-Art Sites.
A project signing ceremony convened by the Tanzania National Commission for UNESCO was organized in October 2020 in Dar es Salaam for the signature of contracts ...
Freitag, 23.10.2020, 07:00
On 23-24 October 2020, WHITRAP Shanghai, UNESCO Category 2 Centre, will host an online seminar on the Historic Urban Landscape approach – integrating urban heritage conservation with urban development in planning processes in Asia.
The modernisation of living conditions in fast-growing cities in historic and new districts (including designated World Heritage cities) is a major issue worldwide. 
This two-day seminar will focus on the 2011 UNESCO Historic Urban Landscape Recommendation ...
Dienstag, 6.10.2020, 07:00
International experts from the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) led an online meeting on the theme "Safeguarding the cultural heritage of Comoros" for government stakeholders in Comoros on 29 September 2020. The meeting was organized in close collaboration with the Direction General for Arts and Culture of Comoros and reinforced existing UNESCO projects underway in Comoros for the preparation of a first nomination file for World Heritage, a ...
Donnerstag, 29.10.2020, 14:00
This World Cities Day is the seventh global celebration since the day was launched in 2014 in Shanghai, China. The 2020 World Cities Day themed ‘Valuing our communities and cities' underlines the importance of the local communities who are at the heart of building sustainable cities.
By 2050, nearly 7 out of 10 people in the world will live in cities. Cities have become the point of confluence where, economic, social, cultural and environmental factors converge and interact not just to ...
Mittwoch, 4.11.2020, 17:00
 On 28 October 2020, the World Heritage Centre (WHC), in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) started the Data Analysis and Report Synthesis Online Workshop in the framework of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the Africa Region.
More than 35 participants from the AWHF, WHC, Advisory Bodies and international heritage experts met online for three days to discuss and work on the methodology for data analysis and synthesis, following the results of the Third ...
Donnerstag, 1.10.2020, 07:30
The Director of the World Heritage Centre, Dr Mechtild Rössler, launches the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the region of Asia and the Pacific via a video message addressed to the National Focal Points
One of the two main monitoring mechanisms within the framework of the 1972 World Heritage Convention, alongside Reactive Monitoring, the Periodic Reporting exercise is a statutory requirement under the Convention, whereby all States Parties are asked to provide up-to-date ...
Montag, 30.11.2020, 06:00
ProtectingUNESCO marine World Heritagethrough scientific research
Photo Exhibition

Initiative organized in the framework of the forthcoming United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)

Exhibition developed with the support of the Government of the Principality of Monaco In collaboration with Monaco Explorations

© Olivier Borde / Monaco Explorations

While UNESCO's marine World Heritage sites are best known for their ...
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Montag, 2.11.2020, 16:06
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Ancient dog DNA is being used to help trace human history
    (details)

  • Research in the United States examines what it meant to be a Mississippian
    (details)

  • Evidence shows ancient people in Turkey successfully adapted to climate change
    (details)

  • Newly found signet with the image Apollo points to a pluralistic Jerusalem
    (details)


Montag, 26.10.2020, 14:02
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New Nazca Line discovery shows a cat sprawling across the hillside
    (details)

  • As glaciers in the Alps melt, archaeologists race to rescue fragile artifacts
    (details)

  • Archaeologists fear retrieval of Titanic radio may disturb human remains
    (details)

  • Scientists find new ways to conserve Arctic Circle artifacts
    (details)


Montag, 14.9.2020, 16:43
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Fruit ripens from 2,000 year old seeds
    (details)

  • Drone footage reveals earthwork in American Midwest
    (details)

  • Evidence points to high literacy rates among 7th Century BC Judahites
    (details)

  • Why genetic advance pre-dates cultural advances in Homo sapiens
    (details)


Montag, 24.8.2020, 17:17
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Boxgrove site in Britain offers rare glimpse of ice age tool kit
    (details)

  • Island chain in eastern Indonesia reveals evidence of early human migration
    (details)

  • Work continues on historical Black cemeteries in America
    (details)

  • Ancient stone monuments in Saudi Arabia offer clues to early pastoral peoples
    (details)


Montag, 19.10.2020, 17:22
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New analysis shows Central Asian leather balls are 3,000 years old
    (details)

  • Climate change helped drive human cousins extinct
    (details)

  • Finds from Theopetra Cave show changes from Paleolithic to Neolithic in Greece
    (details)

  • How tourists shape the future of Confederate monuments
    (details)


Mittwoch, 9.9.2020, 20:04
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Ancient cult threw offerings into the sea for 400 years
    (details)

  • Cyclones may have contributed to Maya decline
    (details)

  • Population decline on Easter Island serves lesson for the planet
    (details)

  • Face down burial raises questions about past pandemics
    (details)


Montag, 10.8.2020, 16:48
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Fluted tools were developed independently in North America and Arabia
    (details)

  • Divers find rare intact Inca offerings in South American lake
    (details)

  • Australian mining company apologizes for destroying Aboriginal heritage site
    (details)

  • Northern Ireland’s Navan Fort may be part of larger temple complex
    (details)


Montag, 12.10.2020, 12:06
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Remnants of ancient Viking temple found in Norway
    (details)

  • Clay figurine adorned with bone mask discovered in Siberia
    (details)

  • Intact human cells survived the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius
    (details)

  • This is no place to call home
    (details)


Montag, 16.11.2020, 19:17
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Remains of people and horses provide insight into Xiongnu civilization
    (details)

  • The true story behind the Great Fire of Rome
    (details)

  • New fossil discovery shows evolutionary changes in extinct human in small-scale
    (details)

  • The Svalbard shipwreck and where it disappeared to
    (details)


Montag, 27.7.2020, 16:41
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Studies of pirate shipwreck suggests Blackbeard abandoned it intentionally
    (details)

  • Viking age burials produce smallpox DNA that adds new twist to history
    (details)

  • New studies from Mexican cave and other early sites put North American arrival at 30,000 years ago
    (details)

  • New site in Jerusalem is from time of the biblical kings
    (details)


Montag, 17.8.2020, 16:54
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • March 29, 2020: Signs of world's earliest epidemic found in China
    (details)

  • May 10, 2020: Archaeological evidence puts pandemic effects into historical perspective
    (details)

  • May 17:How ancient African societies coped with epidemics
    (details)

  • Epidemics revealed in human teeth
    (details)


Montag, 5.10.2020, 22:45
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Ancient humans in the Amazon used managed forest practices
    (details)

  • Archaeologists determine how people first settled on Caribbean islands
    (details)

  • Humans have affected global ecosystems for longer than previously believed
    (details)

  • Renewed interest in New Mexico’s 1680 Pueblo Revolt in wake of 2020 protests
    (details)


Dienstag, 22.9.2020, 15:09
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Excavation seeks remains of colonial Williamsburg’s first Black church
    (details)

  • Maya slave ship wreck identified off Mexican coast
    (details)

  • Fingerprints show both sexes painted neolithic art
    (details)

  • DNA study of Viking burials shows they weren’t all Scandinavians
    (details)


Montag, 31.8.2020, 15:37
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Illegal gold mining obliterates archaeological sites in Sudan
    (details)

  • Romans in a Red Sea trading port bought monkeys from India as pets
    (details)

  • Africa’s early music traditions are traced through scattered artifacts
    (details)

  • Port construction in northern Chile unearths well dressed, well preserved mummies
    (details)


Montag, 3.8.2020, 17:08
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Coprolites in Oregon caves reveal lengthy human occupation
    (details)

  • Source of Stonehenge monoliths found
    (details)

  • Grape pips help archaeologists study ancient economy
    (details)

  • Epidemics revealed in human teeth
    (details)


Montag, 9.11.2020, 18:40
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Teeth from Bronze Age site in Spain show that women were fiber specialists
    (details)

  • Andes burial from 9,000 years ago reveals young, female big-game hunter
    (details)

  • Greenwich Palace exploration finds the spot where everything changed for Henry VIII
    (details)

  • Search for Tulsa Massacre remains finds coffins that were buried without marker
    (details)


Dienstag, 29.9.2020, 16:39
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Early edition of final Shakespeare play found in Scottish seminary in Spain
    (details)

  • Major exhibit on 400th anniversary of the Mayflower balances myth with truth
    (details)

  • Geochemistry of Egyptian bird mummies reveals they were hunted
    (details)

  • New dates for Hadrianopolis near Black Sea put city’s founding in the Copper Age
    (details)


Mittwoch, 25.11.2020, 16:00
The "Online technical meeting for Libyan properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger” aims at clarifying the process for the elaboration of the Desired State of Conservation (DSOCR) for the removal of Libyan properties from the List of World Heritage in Danger. Taking the Old Town of Ghadames as a case study, the participants will analyse the situation and set the basis for the DSOCR proposal.
The meeting will aim at analyzing the state of conservation of the property and will ...
Dienstag, 6.10.2020, 07:00
International experts from the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) led an online meeting on the theme "Safeguarding the cultural heritage of Comoros" for government stakeholders in Comoros on 29 September 2020. The meeting was organized in close collaboration with the Direction General for Arts and Culture of Comoros and reinforced existing UNESCO projects underway in Comoros for the preparation of a first nomination file for World Heritage, a ...
Samstag, 14.11.2020, 16:00
In reaction to numerous inaccurate statements and errors circulating in the press about the situation of Hagia Sophia, UNESCO wishes to recall the following:

UNESCO reacted to the change of Hagia Sophia's status as early as July 2020 and expressed its concern in this regard. This position has remained constant since then. 
UNESCO immediately initiated a review process and sent a mission to the property from 5 to 9 October 2020, led by an eminent cultural heritage expert, to look ...
Freitag, 2.10.2020, 22:00
Global strategy needed in ‘watershed' moment to steer away from unsustainable tourism, stress experts at UNESCO debate.
The online debate ‘Culture, Tourism and COVID-19: Recovery, Resiliency and Rejuvenation' took place on 28 September and highlighted the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry and the crippling effect it is having on many World Heritage sites, intangible cultural heritage practices, cultural activities and institutions, as well as their ...
Mittwoch, 21.10.2020, 07:00
Following requests from the United Republic of Tanzania, the World Heritage Fund has granted a total of USD 59,836 in International Financial Assistance for two new projects to address conservation and management needs at two World Heritage sites: the Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara and Kondoa Rock-Art Sites.

A project signing ceremony convened by the Tanzania National Commission for UNESCO was organized in October 2020 in Dar es Salaam for the ...
Mittwoch, 4.11.2020, 06:00
On 5 October 2020, the Urban Economy Forum (UEF) in collaboration with UN-Habitat organized the "Urban Economy Forum 2020". The event brought together ministers, mayors, representatives of UN agencies, and high-profile experts from the private and public sectors and academia for a conversation on sustainable urban development for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
UNESCO supports this initiative and welcomes efforts to address the challenge of sustainable urban ...
Mittwoch, 21.10.2020, 07:00
Following requests from the United Republic of Tanzania, the World Heritage Fund has granted a total of USD 59,836 in International Financial Assistance for two new projects to address conservation and management needs at two World Heritage sites: the Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara and Kondoa Rock-Art Sites.
A project signing ceremony convened by the Tanzania National Commission for UNESCO was organized in October 2020 in Dar es Salaam for the signature of contracts ...
Mittwoch, 4.11.2020, 06:00
On 5 October 2020, the Urban Economy Forum (UEF) in collaboration with UN-Habitat organized the "Urban Economy Forum 2020". The event brought together ministers, mayors, representatives of UN agencies, and high-profile experts from the private and public sectors and academia for a conversation on sustainable urban development for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
UNESCO supports this initiative and welcomes efforts to address the challenge of sustainable urban ...
Montag, 30.11.2020, 06:00
ProtectingUNESCO marine World Heritagethrough scientific research
Photo Exhibition

Initiative organized in the framework of the forthcoming United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)

Exhibition developed with the support of the Government of the Principality of Monaco In collaboration with Monaco Explorations

© Olivier Borde / Monaco Explorations

While UNESCO's marine World Heritage sites are best known for their ...
Freitag, 23.10.2020, 07:00
On 23-24 October 2020, WHITRAP Shanghai, UNESCO Category 2 Centre, will host an online seminar on the Historic Urban Landscape approach – integrating urban heritage conservation with urban development in planning processes in Asia.
The modernisation of living conditions in fast-growing cities in historic and new districts (including designated World Heritage cities) is a major issue worldwide. 
This two-day seminar will focus on the 2011 UNESCO Historic Urban Landscape Recommendation ...
Dienstag, 3.11.2020, 06:00
On 29 October 2020, the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) secretariat presented the draft UfM Strategic Action Plan and its Housing Action Plan to the Euro-Mediterranean local and regional authorities, as well as associations active in the region, within the framework of the ongoing consultation process on the development of the Strategic Action Plan for sustainable urban development.
The presentation was organized by Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and ...
Montag, 26.10.2020, 06:00
Site managers report on Covid-19

World Heritage sites are also affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the managers of World Heritage sites tell us how they are coping with the crisis.
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre would like to warmly thank the site managers and staff who made the effort to update us during this particularly difficult time.This page will continue to be updated.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park(Uganda)

Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties ...
Freitag, 2.10.2020, 22:00
Global strategy needed in ‘watershed' moment to steer away from unsustainable tourism, stress experts at UNESCO debate.
The online debate ‘Culture, Tourism and COVID-19: Recovery, Resiliency and Rejuvenation' took place on 28 September and highlighted the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry and the crippling effect it is having on many World Heritage sites, intangible cultural heritage practices, cultural activities and institutions, as well as their ...
Mittwoch, 21.10.2020, 18:00
The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and the National Institute of Cultural Heritage together with experts from the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) are pleased to invite you to take part in a webinar on 21 October 2020. Organized to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the reconstruction of the ...
Mittwoch, 7.10.2020, 07:00
As part of an ongoing UNESCO World Heritage Fund International Assistance project  "Capacity building and implementation of the World Heritage Convention in South Sudan”, UNESCO Juba Office in close collaboration with the South Sudan Ministry of Culture, Museums and National Heritage organized a three-day training workshop aimed at strengthening capacities of World Heritage stakeholders under the theme "National Consultation and Awareness raising on South Sudan's ...
Dienstag, 20.10.2020, 07:00
With support from the German Commission for UNESCO's #SOSAfricanHeritage Fund, seven World Heritage sites from five Eastern African countries have received grants to help overcome impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on management and conservation.
The recipients include: Simien National Park in Ethiopia; Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests and Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest in Kenya; Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve and Bélo sur Mer Kirindy-Mite Biosphere Reserve in ...
Donnerstag, 1.10.2020, 07:30
The Director of the World Heritage Centre, Dr Mechtild Rössler, launches the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the region of Asia and the Pacific via a video message addressed to the National Focal Points
One of the two main monitoring mechanisms within the framework of the 1972 World Heritage Convention, alongside Reactive Monitoring, the Periodic Reporting exercise is a statutory requirement under the Convention, whereby all States Parties are asked to provide up-to-date ...
Freitag, 9.10.2020, 18:00
On the 1st of October, the second online World Heritage Nomination workshop, for Anglophone and Francophone countries, was officially closed by the Director of the World Heritage Centre. The training examined the challenges and strengths of nomination dossiers for 12 countries from the African Region, namely Benin, Cameroon, Côte-d'Ivoire, Gabon, Mali, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Considering the context of COVID-19 pandemic, the African World Heritage Fund ...
Donnerstag, 22.10.2020, 01:00
From 7 to 30 October 2020, the photo exhibition "Protecting UNESCO Marine World Heritage through scientific research" features 21 photographs at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, as well as a digital edition.
Exceptional photographs highlight how innovative marine experts and scientists take the pulse of the ocean by exploring ecosystems, studying the movement of species, or revealing the hidden biodiversity of coral reefs. Scientific discoveries are more important than ever for ...
Donnerstag, 3.12.2020, 15:00
Climate change has become the biggest threat to the conservation of the 50 marine sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. But understanding climate change impacts on a large marine protected area, some of whose ecosystems remain unmapped, can be challenging.
The Climate Vulnerability Index (CVI) is an innovative and rapid assessment tool that is distinct from other vulnerability assessments because of its focus on World Heritage properties. The CVI evaluates vulnerability of both the ...
Montag, 26.10.2020, 06:00
Site managers report on Covid-19

World Heritage sites are also affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the managers of World Heritage sites tell us how they are coping with the crisis.
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre would like to warmly thank the site managers and staff who made the effort to update us during this particularly difficult time.This page will continue to be updated.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park(Uganda)

Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties ...
Donnerstag, 1.10.2020, 07:30
The Director of the World Heritage Centre, Dr Mechtild Rössler, launches the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the region of Asia and the Pacific via a video message addressed to the National Focal Points
One of the two main monitoring mechanisms within the framework of the 1972 World Heritage Convention, alongside Reactive Monitoring, the Periodic Reporting exercise is a statutory requirement under the Convention, whereby all States Parties are asked to provide up-to-date ...
Montag, 9.11.2020, 16:00
Special panel on "Sustainable heritage management: New challenges, new competences”on 9 November 2020 (16:00 – 17:30, Bangkok time). 
Representatives from World Heritage Centre and Advisory bodies, including International Centre for the Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will discuss the latest thinking and trends regarding sustainable ...
Donnerstag, 29.10.2020, 14:00
This World Cities Day is the seventh global celebration since the day was launched in 2014 in Shanghai, China. The 2020 World Cities Day themed ‘Valuing our communities and cities' underlines the importance of the local communities who are at the heart of building sustainable cities.
By 2050, nearly 7 out of 10 people in the world will live in cities. Cities have become the point of confluence where, economic, social, cultural and environmental factors converge and interact not just to ...
Donnerstag, 22.10.2020, 07:00
As part of the celebration of UN World Habitat Day, a high-level conference under the theme "Housing For All: A better Urban Future” was held online on 5 October 2020, at the initiative of the Ministry of National Territory Development, Urban Planning, Habitat and Urban Policy of Morocco. The event brought together several ministers and senior officials in charge of Housing, as well as representatives from international organisations and civil society.
It offered an opportunity for a ...
Dienstag, 27.10.2020, 06:00
The UIA (International Union of Architects) marked the World Architecture Day on Monday 5 October by holding a live webinar to discuss this year's theme: "Toward a better urban future”.
Moderated by UIA President Thomas Vonier and UIA Secretary General Serban Tiganas, the webinar began with a virtual roundtable which included the UN Habitat Assistant Secretary General and Executive Director Victor Kisob, Deputy Director for the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO Jyoti ...
Montag, 30.11.2020, 06:00
ProtectingUNESCO marine World Heritagethrough scientific research
Photo Exhibition

Initiative organized in the framework of the forthcoming United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)

Exhibition developed with the support of the Government of the Principality of Monaco In collaboration with Monaco Explorations

© Olivier Borde / Monaco Explorations

While UNESCO's marine World Heritage sites are best known for their ...
Freitag, 13.11.2020, 21:00
The 16th of November marks the 48th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention. This Convention protects the world's most outstanding places, belonging to us all.
Where it all began
The idea of creating an international movement for protecting heritage emerged after World War I. The 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage developed from the merging of two separate movements: the first focusing on the preservation of ...
Dienstag, 20.10.2020, 07:00
The Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Mechtild Rössler, expressed concern after the fire that, on the afternoon of 11 October, broke out in Kilimanjaro National Park (United Republic of Tanzania), a property inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1987.
"We are in contact with the Tanzania National Park Authority (TANAPA) which is currently carrying out an initial assessment of the damage caused by the fire," said Ms Rössler. "We are confident that the ...
Mittwoch, 7.10.2020, 07:00
As part of an ongoing UNESCO World Heritage Fund International Assistance project  "Capacity building and implementation of the World Heritage Convention in South Sudan”, UNESCO Juba Office in close collaboration with the South Sudan Ministry of Culture, Museums and National Heritage organized a three-day training workshop aimed at strengthening capacities of World Heritage stakeholders under the theme "National Consultation and Awareness raising on South Sudan's ...
Dienstag, 27.10.2020, 06:00
The UIA (International Union of Architects) marked the World Architecture Day on Monday 5 October by holding a live webinar to discuss this year's theme: "Toward a better urban future”.
Moderated by UIA President Thomas Vonier and UIA Secretary General Serban Tiganas, the webinar began with a virtual roundtable which included the UN Habitat Assistant Secretary General and Executive Director Victor Kisob, Deputy Director for the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO Jyoti ...
Mittwoch, 25.11.2020, 16:00
The "Online technical meeting for Libyan properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger” aims at clarifying the process for the elaboration of the Desired State of Conservation (DSOCR) for the removal of Libyan properties from the List of World Heritage in Danger. Taking the Old Town of Ghadames as a case study, the participants will analyse the situation and set the basis for the DSOCR proposal.
The meeting will aim at analyzing the state of conservation of the property and will ...
Dienstag, 20.10.2020, 07:00
With support from the German Commission for UNESCO's #SOSAfricanHeritage Fund, seven World Heritage sites from five Eastern African countries have received grants to help overcome impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on management and conservation.
The recipients include: Simien National Park in Ethiopia; Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests and Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest in Kenya; Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve and Bélo sur Mer Kirindy-Mite Biosphere Reserve in ...
Freitag, 9.10.2020, 07:00
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has received numerous emails with third-party information regarding the construction of a concrete road passing through the World Heritage property "Sinharaja Forest Reserve” (Sri Lanka), which could negatively affect the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of this property. The road development was reportedly under temporary suspension, but work appears to have resumed, following an order by the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri ...
Mittwoch, 14.10.2020, 07:00
Altering the route of the Transgabonese highway near the Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda will better protect the World Heritage site.
The Transgabonese highway project, which is to cross five provinces of Gabon to link Libreville (West) and Franceville (East) by expressway, foresees the rehabilitation and upgrading of various roads. The World Heritage Committee had expressed its concern regarding the potential impact of this project on the Ecosystem and Relict ...
Freitag, 20.11.2020, 14:00
On November 9 2020, the Africa Unit of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and ICCROM experts met online to develop a project that will contribute to capacity-building in disaster risk management and protection systems for World Heritage sites in Africa.
The project will be implemented in two phases: a series of online webinars, followed by a visit to an African World Heritage site. Lasting one year, it will target in its first phase six (6) pilot sites and contribute to the development of a ...
Donnerstag, 3.12.2020, 15:00
Climate change has become the biggest threat to the conservation of the 50 marine sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. But understanding climate change impacts on a large marine protected area, some of whose ecosystems remain unmapped, can be challenging.
The Climate Vulnerability Index (CVI) is an innovative and rapid assessment tool that is distinct from other vulnerability assessments because of its focus on World Heritage properties. The CVI evaluates vulnerability of both the ...
Mittwoch, 25.11.2020
In 2000, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution officially designating 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. 
In doing so, the United Nations invited governments, international organizations as well as NGOs to join together and raise public awareness every year on that date. Twenty years on, the battle to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world remains a challenge worldwide.World ...
Freitag, 9.10.2020, 18:00
On the 1st of October, the second online World Heritage Nomination workshop, for Anglophone and Francophone countries, was officially closed by the Director of the World Heritage Centre. The training examined the challenges and strengths of nomination dossiers for 12 countries from the African Region, namely Benin, Cameroon, Côte-d'Ivoire, Gabon, Mali, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Considering the context of COVID-19 pandemic, the African World Heritage Fund ...
Dienstag, 20.10.2020, 07:00
The Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Mechtild Rössler, expressed concern after the fire that, on the afternoon of 11 October, broke out in Kilimanjaro National Park (United Republic of Tanzania), a property inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1987.
"We are in contact with the Tanzania National Park Authority (TANAPA) which is currently carrying out an initial assessment of the damage caused by the fire," said Ms Rössler. "We are confident that the ...
Freitag, 9.10.2020, 07:00
Migratory birds are part of our shared natural World Heritage. They depend on critical breeding, staging and wintering sites along major flyways which often span several continents. Two of the world's largest migratory bird stop-over areas, Wadden Sea and Banc d'Arguin National Park were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2009 and 1989 respectively. This World Migratory Bird Day, we celebrate the birds that connect our cultures and the people all over the world who ...
Donnerstag, 19.11.2020, 06:00
On 4 November 2020, Domus organized the DomusForum 2020 "The future of cities”. The conference brought together high-profile experts, international organizations, business leaders, government officials and academics for a conversation on the challenges faced by cities, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The conference focused on a central question: "Will the concept of cities as we know them survive the era of the virus?" At the same time, several key issues ...
Freitag, 9.10.2020, 07:00
Migratory birds are part of our shared natural World Heritage. They depend on critical breeding, staging and wintering sites along major flyways which often span several continents. Two of the world's largest migratory bird stop-over areas, Wadden Sea and Banc d'Arguin National Park were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2009 and 1989 respectively. This World Migratory Bird Day, we celebrate the birds that connect our cultures and the people all over the world who ...
Mittwoch, 4.11.2020, 17:00
 On 28 October 2020, the World Heritage Centre (WHC), in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) started the Data Analysis and Report Synthesis Online Workshop in the framework of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the Africa Region.
More than 35 participants from the AWHF, WHC, Advisory Bodies and international heritage experts met online for three days to discuss and work on the methodology for data analysis and synthesis, following the results of the Third ...
Montag, 12.10.2020, 07:00
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 ...
Dienstag, 6.10.2020, 07:00
International experts from the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) led an online meeting on the theme "Safeguarding the cultural heritage of Comoros" for government stakeholders in Comoros on 29 September 2020. The meeting was organized in close collaboration with the Direction General for Arts and Culture of Comoros and reinforced existing UNESCO projects underway in Comoros for the preparation of a first nomination file for World Heritage, a ...
Mittwoch, 14.10.2020, 07:00
Altering the route of the Transgabonese highway near the Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda will better protect the World Heritage site.
The Transgabonese highway project, which is to cross five provinces of Gabon to link Libreville (West) and Franceville (East) by expressway, foresees the rehabilitation and upgrading of various roads. The World Heritage Committee had expressed its concern regarding the potential impact of this project on the Ecosystem and Relict ...
Sonntag, 8.11.2020, 06:00
The third edition of RO.ME Museum Exhibition, the professional and international platform for institutions and companies operating in museums, culture and art, in a renewed format,  sees the launch of the "Santagata Foundation Award for UNESCO designations”, addressed to sustainable development projects realized between 2019 and 2020, and conferred by a scientific committee coordinated by the Santagata Foundation for the Economics of Culture.
The award aims at providing visibility ...
Donnerstag, 22.10.2020, 07:00
As part of the celebration of UN World Habitat Day, a high-level conference under the theme "Housing For All: A better Urban Future” was held online on 5 October 2020, at the initiative of the Ministry of National Territory Development, Urban Planning, Habitat and Urban Policy of Morocco. The event brought together several ministers and senior officials in charge of Housing, as well as representatives from international organisations and civil society.
It offered an opportunity for a ...
Donnerstag, 22.10.2020, 01:00
From 7 to 30 October 2020, the photo exhibition "Protecting UNESCO Marine World Heritage through scientific research" features 21 photographs at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, as well as a digital edition.
Exceptional photographs highlight how innovative marine experts and scientists take the pulse of the ocean by exploring ecosystems, studying the movement of species, or revealing the hidden biodiversity of coral reefs. Scientific discoveries are more important than ever for ...
Mittwoch, 30.9.2020, 07:00
The World Heritage Centre is organizing an Information Meeting regarding the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee.
The meeting will be held online on Wednesday, 30 September for all permanent delegations of UNESCO.The working languages of the meeting will be English and French and simultaneous interpretation will be provided in these two languages.
Mittwoch, 4.11.2020, 17:00
 On 28 October 2020, the World Heritage Centre (WHC), in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) started the Data Analysis and Report Synthesis Online Workshop in the framework of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the Africa Region.
More than 35 participants from the AWHF, WHC, Advisory Bodies and international heritage experts met online for three days to discuss and work on the methodology for data analysis and synthesis, following the results of the Third ...
Donnerstag, 29.10.2020, 14:00
This World Cities Day is the seventh global celebration since the day was launched in 2014 in Shanghai, China. The 2020 World Cities Day themed ‘Valuing our communities and cities' underlines the importance of the local communities who are at the heart of building sustainable cities.
By 2050, nearly 7 out of 10 people in the world will live in cities. Cities have become the point of confluence where, economic, social, cultural and environmental factors converge and interact not just to ...
Montag, 2.11.2020, 06:00
The 14th extraordinary sessionof the World Heritage Committeewill be held online on 2 November 2020,from 12 pm to 3 pm (Paris Time, France).
Following the decision of the Bureau, which met on 16 October 2020,this 14th extraordinary session of the World Heritage Committee was convened.
The working languages of the meeting will be English and Frenchand simultaneous interpretation will be provided in these two languages.
Montag, 12.10.2020, 07:00
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 ...
Freitag, 13.11.2020, 21:00
The 16th of November marks the 48th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention. This Convention protects the world's most outstanding places, belonging to us all.
Where it all began
The idea of creating an international movement for protecting heritage emerged after World War I. The 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage developed from the merging of two separate movements: the first focusing on the preservation of ...
Freitag, 9.10.2020, 07:00
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has received numerous emails with third-party information regarding the construction of a concrete road passing through the World Heritage property "Sinharaja Forest Reserve” (Sri Lanka), which could negatively affect the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of this property. The road development was reportedly under temporary suspension, but work appears to have resumed, following an order by the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri ...
Donnerstag, 24.9.2020, 07:00
The Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention set forth the procedures for the protection and conservation of World Heritage properties, the inscription of properties on the World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger, the granting of International Assistance under the World Heritage Fund, and the mobilization of national and international support in favor of the Convention.
They were revised in 2019 by the World Heritage Committee ...
Montag, 23.11.2020, 17:00
On November 18 2020, colleagues from UNESCO's Africa Unit of the World Heritage Centre (WHC), Field Offices in the Africa region, as well as from the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), met online for their periodic meeting concerning the progress of the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention in Africa.
The discussion focused on UNESCO's longstanding Priority Africa Initiative, the AWHF's short and long-term vision for the continent, and the results of the ...
Dienstag, 3.11.2020, 06:00
On 29 October 2020, the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) secretariat presented the draft UfM Strategic Action Plan and its Housing Action Plan to the Euro-Mediterranean local and regional authorities, as well as associations active in the region, within the framework of the ongoing consultation process on the development of the Strategic Action Plan for sustainable urban development.
The presentation was organized by Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Euro-Mediterranean Regional ...
Samstag, 14.11.2020, 16:00
In reaction to numerous inaccurate statements and errors circulating in the press about the situation of Hagia Sophia, UNESCO wishes to recall the following:

UNESCO reacted to the change of Hagia Sophia's status as early as July 2020 and expressed its concern in this regard. This position has remained constant since then. 
UNESCO immediately initiated a review process and sent a mission to the property from 5 to 9 October 2020, led by an eminent cultural heritage expert, to look ...
Sonntag, 8.11.2020, 06:00
The third edition of RO.ME Museum Exhibition, the professional and international platform for institutions and companies operating in museums, culture and art, in a renewed format,  sees the launch of the "Santagata Foundation Award for UNESCO designations”, addressed to sustainable development projects realized between 2019 and 2020, and conferred by a scientific committee coordinated by the Santagata Foundation for the Economics of Culture.
The award aims at providing visibility ...
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Montag, 30.11.2020, 06:00
ProtectingUNESCO marine World Heritagethrough scientific research
Photo Exhibition

Initiative organized in the framework of the forthcoming United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)

Exhibition developed with the support of the Government of the Principality of Monaco In collaboration with Monaco Explorations

© Olivier Borde / Monaco Explorations

While UNESCO's marine World Heritage sites are best known for their ...
Freitag, 9.10.2020, 07:00
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has received numerous emails with third-party information regarding the construction of a concrete road passing through the World Heritage property "Sinharaja Forest Reserve” (Sri Lanka), which could negatively affect the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of this property. The road development was reportedly under temporary suspension, but work appears to have resumed, following an order by the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri ...
Mittwoch, 4.11.2020, 06:00
On 5 October 2020, the Urban Economy Forum (UEF) in collaboration with UN-Habitat organized the "Urban Economy Forum 2020". The event brought together ministers, mayors, representatives of UN agencies, and high-profile experts from the private and public sectors and academia for a conversation on sustainable urban development for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
UNESCO supports this initiative and welcomes efforts to address the challenge of sustainable urban ...
Mittwoch, 21.10.2020, 07:00
Following requests from the United Republic of Tanzania, the World Heritage Fund has granted a total of USD 59,836 in International Financial Assistance for two new projects to address conservation and management needs at two World Heritage sites: the Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara and Kondoa Rock-Art Sites.

A project signing ceremony convened by the Tanzania National Commission for UNESCO was organized in October 2020 in Dar es Salaam for the ...
Freitag, 2.10.2020, 22:00
Global strategy needed in ‘watershed' moment to steer away from unsustainable tourism, stress experts at UNESCO debate.
The online debate ‘Culture, Tourism and COVID-19: Recovery, Resiliency and Rejuvenation' took place on 28 September and highlighted the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry and the crippling effect it is having on many World Heritage sites, intangible cultural heritage practices, cultural activities and institutions, as well as their ...
Dienstag, 27.10.2020, 06:00
The UIA (International Union of Architects) marked the World Architecture Day on Monday 5 October by holding a live webinar to discuss this year's theme: "Toward a better urban future”.
Moderated by UIA President Thomas Vonier and UIA Secretary General Serban Tiganas, the webinar began with a virtual roundtable which included the UN Habitat Assistant Secretary General and Executive Director Victor Kisob, Deputy Director for the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO Jyoti ...
Mittwoch, 14.10.2020, 07:00
Altering the route of the Transgabonese highway near the Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda will better protect the World Heritage site.
The Transgabonese highway project, which is to cross five provinces of Gabon to link Libreville (West) and Franceville (East) by expressway, foresees the rehabilitation and upgrading of various roads. The World Heritage Committee had expressed its concern regarding the potential impact of this project on the Ecosystem and Relict ...
Mittwoch, 4.11.2020, 17:00
 On 28 October 2020, the World Heritage Centre (WHC), in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) started the Data Analysis and Report Synthesis Online Workshop in the framework of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the Africa Region.
More than 35 participants from the AWHF, WHC, Advisory Bodies and international heritage experts met online for three days to discuss and work on the methodology for data analysis and synthesis, following the results of the Third ...
Freitag, 20.11.2020, 14:00
On November 9 2020, the Africa Unit of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and ICCROM experts met online to develop a project that will contribute to capacity-building in disaster risk management and protection systems for World Heritage sites in Africa.
The project will be implemented in two phases: a series of online webinars, followed by a visit to an African World Heritage site. Lasting one year, it will target in its first phase six (6) pilot sites and contribute to the development of a ...
Dienstag, 6.10.2020, 07:00
International experts from the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) led an online meeting on the theme "Safeguarding the cultural heritage of Comoros" for government stakeholders in Comoros on 29 September 2020. The meeting was organized in close collaboration with the Direction General for Arts and Culture of Comoros and reinforced existing UNESCO projects underway in Comoros for the preparation of a first nomination file for World Heritage, a ...
Donnerstag, 1.10.2020, 07:30
The Director of the World Heritage Centre, Dr Mechtild Rössler, launches the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the region of Asia and the Pacific via a video message addressed to the National Focal Points
One of the two main monitoring mechanisms within the framework of the 1972 World Heritage Convention, alongside Reactive Monitoring, the Periodic Reporting exercise is a statutory requirement under the Convention, whereby all States Parties are asked to provide up-to-date ...
Donnerstag, 3.12.2020, 15:00
Climate change has become the biggest threat to the conservation of the 50 marine sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. But understanding climate change impacts on a large marine protected area, some of whose ecosystems remain unmapped, can be challenging.
The Climate Vulnerability Index (CVI) is an innovative and rapid assessment tool that is distinct from other vulnerability assessments because of its focus on World Heritage properties. The CVI evaluates vulnerability of both the ...
Dienstag, 20.10.2020, 07:00
The Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Mechtild Rössler, expressed concern after the fire that, on the afternoon of 11 October, broke out in Kilimanjaro National Park (United Republic of Tanzania), a property inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1987.
"We are in contact with the Tanzania National Park Authority (TANAPA) which is currently carrying out an initial assessment of the damage caused by the fire," said Ms Rössler. "We are confident that the ...
Donnerstag, 22.10.2020, 07:00
As part of the celebration of UN World Habitat Day, a high-level conference under the theme "Housing For All: A better Urban Future” was held online on 5 October 2020, at the initiative of the Ministry of National Territory Development, Urban Planning, Habitat and Urban Policy of Morocco. The event brought together several ministers and senior officials in charge of Housing, as well as representatives from international organisations and civil society.
It offered an opportunity for a ...
Mittwoch, 4.11.2020, 17:00
 On 28 October 2020, the World Heritage Centre (WHC), in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) started the Data Analysis and Report Synthesis Online Workshop in the framework of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the Africa Region.
More than 35 participants from the AWHF, WHC, Advisory Bodies and international heritage experts met online for three days to discuss and work on the methodology for data analysis and synthesis, following the results of the Third ...
Samstag, 14.11.2020, 16:00
In reaction to numerous inaccurate statements and errors circulating in the press about the situation of Hagia Sophia, UNESCO wishes to recall the following:

UNESCO reacted to the change of Hagia Sophia's status as early as July 2020 and expressed its concern in this regard. This position has remained constant since then. 
UNESCO immediately initiated a review process and sent a mission to the property from 5 to 9 October 2020, led by an eminent cultural heritage expert, to look ...
Donnerstag, 1.10.2020, 07:30
The Director of the World Heritage Centre, Dr Mechtild Rössler, launches the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the region of Asia and the Pacific via a video message addressed to the National Focal Points
One of the two main monitoring mechanisms within the framework of the 1972 World Heritage Convention, alongside Reactive Monitoring, the Periodic Reporting exercise is a statutory requirement under the Convention, whereby all States Parties are asked to provide up-to-date ...
Mittwoch, 25.11.2020, 16:00
The "Online technical meeting for Libyan properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger” aims at clarifying the process for the elaboration of the Desired State of Conservation (DSOCR) for the removal of Libyan properties from the List of World Heritage in Danger. Taking the Old Town of Ghadames as a case study, the participants will analyse the situation and set the basis for the DSOCR proposal.
The meeting will aim at analyzing the state of conservation of the property and will ...
Mittwoch, 30.9.2020, 07:00
The World Heritage Centre is organizing an Information Meeting regarding the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee.
The meeting will be held online on Wednesday, 30 September for all permanent delegations of UNESCO.The working languages of the meeting will be English and French and simultaneous interpretation will be provided in these two languages.
Sonntag, 8.11.2020, 06:00
The third edition of RO.ME Museum Exhibition, the professional and international platform for institutions and companies operating in museums, culture and art, in a renewed format,  sees the launch of the "Santagata Foundation Award for UNESCO designations”, addressed to sustainable development projects realized between 2019 and 2020, and conferred by a scientific committee coordinated by the Santagata Foundation for the Economics of Culture.
The award aims at providing visibility ...
Donnerstag, 29.10.2020, 14:00
This World Cities Day is the seventh global celebration since the day was launched in 2014 in Shanghai, China. The 2020 World Cities Day themed ‘Valuing our communities and cities' underlines the importance of the local communities who are at the heart of building sustainable cities.
By 2050, nearly 7 out of 10 people in the world will live in cities. Cities have become the point of confluence where, economic, social, cultural and environmental factors converge and interact not just to ...
Freitag, 13.11.2020, 21:00
The 16th of November marks the 48th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention. This Convention protects the world's most outstanding places, belonging to us all.
Where it all began
The idea of creating an international movement for protecting heritage emerged after World War I. The 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage developed from the merging of two separate movements: the first focusing on the preservation of ...
Mittwoch, 4.11.2020, 06:00
On 5 October 2020, the Urban Economy Forum (UEF) in collaboration with UN-Habitat organized the "Urban Economy Forum 2020". The event brought together ministers, mayors, representatives of UN agencies, and high-profile experts from the private and public sectors and academia for a conversation on sustainable urban development for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
UNESCO supports this initiative and welcomes efforts to address the challenge of sustainable urban ...
Mittwoch, 25.11.2020, 16:00
The "Online technical meeting for Libyan properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger” aims at clarifying the process for the elaboration of the Desired State of Conservation (DSOCR) for the removal of Libyan properties from the List of World Heritage in Danger. Taking the Old Town of Ghadames as a case study, the participants will analyse the situation and set the basis for the DSOCR proposal.
The meeting will aim at analyzing the state of conservation of the property and will ...
Montag, 23.11.2020, 17:00
On November 18 2020, colleagues from UNESCO's Africa Unit of the World Heritage Centre (WHC), Field Offices in the Africa region, as well as from the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), met online for their periodic meeting concerning the progress of the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention in Africa.
The discussion focused on UNESCO's longstanding Priority Africa Initiative, the AWHF's short and long-term vision for the continent, and the results of the ...
Freitag, 13.11.2020, 21:00
The 16th of November marks the 48th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention. This Convention protects the world's most outstanding places, belonging to us all.
Where it all began
The idea of creating an international movement for protecting heritage emerged after World War I. The 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage developed from the merging of two separate movements: the first focusing on the preservation of ...
Freitag, 2.10.2020, 22:00
Global strategy needed in ‘watershed' moment to steer away from unsustainable tourism, stress experts at UNESCO debate.
The online debate ‘Culture, Tourism and COVID-19: Recovery, Resiliency and Rejuvenation' took place on 28 September and highlighted the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry and the crippling effect it is having on many World Heritage sites, intangible cultural heritage practices, cultural activities and institutions, as well as their ...
Dienstag, 20.10.2020, 07:00
With support from the German Commission for UNESCO's #SOSAfricanHeritage Fund, seven World Heritage sites from five Eastern African countries have received grants to help overcome impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on management and conservation.
The recipients include: Simien National Park in Ethiopia; Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests and Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest in Kenya; Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve and Bélo sur Mer Kirindy-Mite Biosphere Reserve in ...
Mittwoch, 21.10.2020, 18:00
The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and the National Institute of Cultural Heritage together with experts from the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) are pleased to invite you to take part in a webinar on 21 October 2020. Organized to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the reconstruction of the ...
Montag, 2.11.2020, 06:00
The 14th extraordinary sessionof the World Heritage Committeewill be held online on 2 November 2020,from 12 pm to 3 pm (Paris Time, France).
Following the decision of the Bureau, which met on 16 October 2020,this 14th extraordinary session of the World Heritage Committee was convened.
The working languages of the meeting will be English and Frenchand simultaneous interpretation will be provided in these two languages.
Freitag, 23.10.2020, 07:00
On 23-24 October 2020, WHITRAP Shanghai, UNESCO Category 2 Centre, will host an online seminar on the Historic Urban Landscape approach – integrating urban heritage conservation with urban development in planning processes in Asia.
The modernisation of living conditions in fast-growing cities in historic and new districts (including designated World Heritage cities) is a major issue worldwide. 
This two-day seminar will focus on the 2011 UNESCO Historic Urban Landscape Recommendation ...
Dienstag, 3.11.2020, 06:00
On 29 October 2020, the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) secretariat presented the draft UfM Strategic Action Plan and its Housing Action Plan to the Euro-Mediterranean local and regional authorities, as well as associations active in the region, within the framework of the ongoing consultation process on the development of the Strategic Action Plan for sustainable urban development.
The presentation was organized by Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and ...
Montag, 12.10.2020, 07:00
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 ...
Mittwoch, 25.11.2020
In 2000, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution officially designating 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. 
In doing so, the United Nations invited governments, international organizations as well as NGOs to join together and raise public awareness every year on that date. Twenty years on, the battle to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world remains a challenge worldwide.World ...
Donnerstag, 19.11.2020, 06:00
On 4 November 2020, Domus organized the DomusForum 2020 "The future of cities”. The conference brought together high-profile experts, international organizations, business leaders, government officials and academics for a conversation on the challenges faced by cities, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The conference focused on a central question: "Will the concept of cities as we know them survive the era of the virus?" At the same time, several key issues ...
Donnerstag, 22.10.2020, 01:00
From 7 to 30 October 2020, the photo exhibition "Protecting UNESCO Marine World Heritage through scientific research" features 21 photographs at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, as well as a digital edition.
Exceptional photographs highlight how innovative marine experts and scientists take the pulse of the ocean by exploring ecosystems, studying the movement of species, or revealing the hidden biodiversity of coral reefs. Scientific discoveries are more important than ever for ...
Dienstag, 6.10.2020, 07:00
International experts from the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) led an online meeting on the theme "Safeguarding the cultural heritage of Comoros" for government stakeholders in Comoros on 29 September 2020. The meeting was organized in close collaboration with the Direction General for Arts and Culture of Comoros and reinforced existing UNESCO projects underway in Comoros for the preparation of a first nomination file for World Heritage, a ...
Mittwoch, 21.10.2020, 07:00
Following requests from the United Republic of Tanzania, the World Heritage Fund has granted a total of USD 59,836 in International Financial Assistance for two new projects to address conservation and management needs at two World Heritage sites: the Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara and Kondoa Rock-Art Sites.
A project signing ceremony convened by the Tanzania National Commission for UNESCO was organized in October 2020 in Dar es Salaam for the signature of contracts ...
Donnerstag, 24.9.2020, 07:00
The Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention set forth the procedures for the protection and conservation of World Heritage properties, the inscription of properties on the World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger, the granting of International Assistance under the World Heritage Fund, and the mobilization of national and international support in favor of the Convention.
They were revised in 2019 by the World Heritage Committee ...
Dienstag, 20.10.2020, 07:00
The Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Mechtild Rössler, expressed concern after the fire that, on the afternoon of 11 October, broke out in Kilimanjaro National Park (United Republic of Tanzania), a property inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1987.
"We are in contact with the Tanzania National Park Authority (TANAPA) which is currently carrying out an initial assessment of the damage caused by the fire," said Ms Rössler. "We are confident that the ...
Donnerstag, 22.10.2020, 07:00
As part of the celebration of UN World Habitat Day, a high-level conference under the theme "Housing For All: A better Urban Future” was held online on 5 October 2020, at the initiative of the Ministry of National Territory Development, Urban Planning, Habitat and Urban Policy of Morocco. The event brought together several ministers and senior officials in charge of Housing, as well as representatives from international organisations and civil society.
It offered an opportunity for a ...
Dienstag, 20.10.2020, 07:00
With support from the German Commission for UNESCO's #SOSAfricanHeritage Fund, seven World Heritage sites from five Eastern African countries have received grants to help overcome impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on management and conservation.
The recipients include: Simien National Park in Ethiopia; Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests and Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest in Kenya; Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve and Bélo sur Mer Kirindy-Mite Biosphere Reserve in ...
Sonntag, 8.11.2020, 06:00
The third edition of RO.ME Museum Exhibition, the professional and international platform for institutions and companies operating in museums, culture and art, in a renewed format,  sees the launch of the "Santagata Foundation Award for UNESCO designations”, addressed to sustainable development projects realized between 2019 and 2020, and conferred by a scientific committee coordinated by the Santagata Foundation for the Economics of Culture.
The award aims at providing visibility ...
Freitag, 9.10.2020, 07:00
Migratory birds are part of our shared natural World Heritage. They depend on critical breeding, staging and wintering sites along major flyways which often span several continents. Two of the world's largest migratory bird stop-over areas, Wadden Sea and Banc d'Arguin National Park were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2009 and 1989 respectively. This World Migratory Bird Day, we celebrate the birds that connect our cultures and the people all over the world who ...
Montag, 12.10.2020, 07:00
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 ...
Donnerstag, 22.10.2020, 01:00
From 7 to 30 October 2020, the photo exhibition "Protecting UNESCO Marine World Heritage through scientific research" features 21 photographs at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, as well as a digital edition.
Exceptional photographs highlight how innovative marine experts and scientists take the pulse of the ocean by exploring ecosystems, studying the movement of species, or revealing the hidden biodiversity of coral reefs. Scientific discoveries are more important than ever for ...
Dienstag, 3.11.2020, 06:00
On 29 October 2020, the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) secretariat presented the draft UfM Strategic Action Plan and its Housing Action Plan to the Euro-Mediterranean local and regional authorities, as well as associations active in the region, within the framework of the ongoing consultation process on the development of the Strategic Action Plan for sustainable urban development.
The presentation was organized by Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Euro-Mediterranean Regional ...
Samstag, 14.11.2020, 16:00
In reaction to numerous inaccurate statements and errors circulating in the press about the situation of Hagia Sophia, UNESCO wishes to recall the following:

UNESCO reacted to the change of Hagia Sophia's status as early as July 2020 and expressed its concern in this regard. This position has remained constant since then. 
UNESCO immediately initiated a review process and sent a mission to the property from 5 to 9 October 2020, led by an eminent cultural heritage expert, to look ...
Donnerstag, 29.10.2020, 14:00
This World Cities Day is the seventh global celebration since the day was launched in 2014 in Shanghai, China. The 2020 World Cities Day themed ‘Valuing our communities and cities' underlines the importance of the local communities who are at the heart of building sustainable cities.
By 2050, nearly 7 out of 10 people in the world will live in cities. Cities have become the point of confluence where, economic, social, cultural and environmental factors converge and interact not just to ...
Freitag, 9.10.2020, 18:00
On the 1st of October, the second online World Heritage Nomination workshop, for Anglophone and Francophone countries, was officially closed by the Director of the World Heritage Centre. The training examined the challenges and strengths of nomination dossiers for 12 countries from the African Region, namely Benin, Cameroon, Côte-d'Ivoire, Gabon, Mali, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Considering the context of COVID-19 pandemic, the African World Heritage Fund ...
Montag, 9.11.2020, 16:00
Special panel on "Sustainable heritage management: New challenges, new competences”on 9 November 2020 (16:00 – 17:30, Bangkok time). 
Representatives from World Heritage Centre and Advisory bodies, including International Centre for the Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will discuss the latest thinking and trends regarding sustainable ...
Montag, 26.10.2020, 06:00
Site managers report on Covid-19

World Heritage sites are also affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the managers of World Heritage sites tell us how they are coping with the crisis.
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre would like to warmly thank the site managers and staff who made the effort to update us during this particularly difficult time.This page will continue to be updated.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park(Uganda)

Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties ...
Mittwoch, 7.10.2020, 07:00
As part of an ongoing UNESCO World Heritage Fund International Assistance project  "Capacity building and implementation of the World Heritage Convention in South Sudan”, UNESCO Juba Office in close collaboration with the South Sudan Ministry of Culture, Museums and National Heritage organized a three-day training workshop aimed at strengthening capacities of World Heritage stakeholders under the theme "National Consultation and Awareness raising on South Sudan's ...
Freitag, 9.10.2020, 18:00
On the 1st of October, the second online World Heritage Nomination workshop, for Anglophone and Francophone countries, was officially closed by the Director of the World Heritage Centre. The training examined the challenges and strengths of nomination dossiers for 12 countries from the African Region, namely Benin, Cameroon, Côte-d'Ivoire, Gabon, Mali, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Considering the context of COVID-19 pandemic, the African World Heritage Fund ...
Dienstag, 27.10.2020, 06:00
The UIA (International Union of Architects) marked the World Architecture Day on Monday 5 October by holding a live webinar to discuss this year's theme: "Toward a better urban future”.
Moderated by UIA President Thomas Vonier and UIA Secretary General Serban Tiganas, the webinar began with a virtual roundtable which included the UN Habitat Assistant Secretary General and Executive Director Victor Kisob, Deputy Director for the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO Jyoti ...
Montag, 30.11.2020, 06:00
ProtectingUNESCO marine World Heritagethrough scientific research
Photo Exhibition

Initiative organized in the framework of the forthcoming United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)

Exhibition developed with the support of the Government of the Principality of Monaco In collaboration with Monaco Explorations

© Olivier Borde / Monaco Explorations

While UNESCO's marine World Heritage sites are best known for their ...
Mittwoch, 7.10.2020, 07:00
As part of an ongoing UNESCO World Heritage Fund International Assistance project  "Capacity building and implementation of the World Heritage Convention in South Sudan”, UNESCO Juba Office in close collaboration with the South Sudan Ministry of Culture, Museums and National Heritage organized a three-day training workshop aimed at strengthening capacities of World Heritage stakeholders under the theme "National Consultation and Awareness raising on South Sudan's ...
Freitag, 9.10.2020, 07:00
Migratory birds are part of our shared natural World Heritage. They depend on critical breeding, staging and wintering sites along major flyways which often span several continents. Two of the world's largest migratory bird stop-over areas, Wadden Sea and Banc d'Arguin National Park were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2009 and 1989 respectively. This World Migratory Bird Day, we celebrate the birds that connect our cultures and the people all over the world who ...
Freitag, 9.10.2020, 07:00
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has received numerous emails with third-party information regarding the construction of a concrete road passing through the World Heritage property "Sinharaja Forest Reserve” (Sri Lanka), which could negatively affect the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of this property. The road development was reportedly under temporary suspension, but work appears to have resumed, following an order by the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri ...
Montag, 26.10.2020, 06:00
Site managers report on Covid-19

World Heritage sites are also affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the managers of World Heritage sites tell us how they are coping with the crisis.
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre would like to warmly thank the site managers and staff who made the effort to update us during this particularly difficult time.This page will continue to be updated.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park(Uganda)

Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties ...
Mittwoch, 14.10.2020, 07:00
Altering the route of the Transgabonese highway near the Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda will better protect the World Heritage site.
The Transgabonese highway project, which is to cross five provinces of Gabon to link Libreville (West) and Franceville (East) by expressway, foresees the rehabilitation and upgrading of various roads. The World Heritage Committee had expressed its concern regarding the potential impact of this project on the Ecosystem and Relict ...
Donnerstag, 3.12.2020, 15:00
Climate change has become the biggest threat to the conservation of the 50 marine sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. But understanding climate change impacts on a large marine protected area, some of whose ecosystems remain unmapped, can be challenging.
The Climate Vulnerability Index (CVI) is an innovative and rapid assessment tool that is distinct from other vulnerability assessments because of its focus on World Heritage properties. The CVI evaluates vulnerability of both the ...
Montag, 16.11.2020, 19:17
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Remains of people and horses provide insight into Xiongnu civilization
    (details)

  • The true story behind the Great Fire of Rome
    (details)

  • New fossil discovery shows evolutionary changes in extinct human in small-scale
    (details)

  • The Svalbard shipwreck and where it disappeared to
    (details)


Dienstag, 29.9.2020, 16:39
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Early edition of final Shakespeare play found in Scottish seminary in Spain
    (details)

  • Major exhibit on 400th anniversary of the Mayflower balances myth with truth
    (details)

  • Geochemistry of Egyptian bird mummies reveals they were hunted
    (details)

  • New dates for Hadrianopolis near Black Sea put city’s founding in the Copper Age
    (details)


Montag, 19.10.2020, 17:22
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New analysis shows Central Asian leather balls are 3,000 years old
    (details)

  • Climate change helped drive human cousins extinct
    (details)

  • Finds from Theopetra Cave show changes from Paleolithic to Neolithic in Greece
    (details)

  • How tourists shape the future of Confederate monuments
    (details)


Montag, 14.9.2020, 16:43
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Fruit ripens from 2,000 year old seeds
    (details)

  • Drone footage reveals earthwork in American Midwest
    (details)

  • Evidence points to high literacy rates among 7th Century BC Judahites
    (details)

  • Why genetic advance pre-dates cultural advances in Homo sapiens
    (details)


Montag, 9.11.2020, 18:40
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Teeth from Bronze Age site in Spain show that women were fiber specialists
    (details)

  • Andes burial from 9,000 years ago reveals young, female big-game hunter
    (details)

  • Greenwich Palace exploration finds the spot where everything changed for Henry VIII
    (details)

  • Search for Tulsa Massacre remains finds coffins that were buried without marker
    (details)


Montag, 26.10.2020, 14:02
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New Nazca Line discovery shows a cat sprawling across the hillside
    (details)

  • As glaciers in the Alps melt, archaeologists race to rescue fragile artifacts
    (details)

  • Archaeologists fear retrieval of Titanic radio may disturb human remains
    (details)

  • Scientists find new ways to conserve Arctic Circle artifacts
    (details)


Montag, 27.7.2020, 16:41
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Studies of pirate shipwreck suggests Blackbeard abandoned it intentionally
    (details)

  • Viking age burials produce smallpox DNA that adds new twist to history
    (details)

  • New studies from Mexican cave and other early sites put North American arrival at 30,000 years ago
    (details)

  • New site in Jerusalem is from time of the biblical kings
    (details)


Montag, 10.8.2020, 16:48
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Fluted tools were developed independently in North America and Arabia
    (details)

  • Divers find rare intact Inca offerings in South American lake
    (details)

  • Australian mining company apologizes for destroying Aboriginal heritage site
    (details)

  • Northern Ireland’s Navan Fort may be part of larger temple complex
    (details)


Mittwoch, 9.9.2020, 20:04
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Ancient cult threw offerings into the sea for 400 years
    (details)

  • Cyclones may have contributed to Maya decline
    (details)

  • Population decline on Easter Island serves lesson for the planet
    (details)

  • Face down burial raises questions about past pandemics
    (details)


Montag, 3.8.2020, 17:08
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Coprolites in Oregon caves reveal lengthy human occupation
    (details)

  • Source of Stonehenge monoliths found
    (details)

  • Grape pips help archaeologists study ancient economy
    (details)

  • Epidemics revealed in human teeth
    (details)


Montag, 17.8.2020, 16:54
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • March 29, 2020: Signs of world's earliest epidemic found in China
    (details)

  • May 10, 2020: Archaeological evidence puts pandemic effects into historical perspective
    (details)

  • May 17:How ancient African societies coped with epidemics
    (details)

  • Epidemics revealed in human teeth
    (details)


Dienstag, 22.9.2020, 15:09
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Excavation seeks remains of colonial Williamsburg’s first Black church
    (details)

  • Maya slave ship wreck identified off Mexican coast
    (details)

  • Fingerprints show both sexes painted neolithic art
    (details)

  • DNA study of Viking burials shows they weren’t all Scandinavians
    (details)


Montag, 12.10.2020, 12:06
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Remnants of ancient Viking temple found in Norway
    (details)

  • Clay figurine adorned with bone mask discovered in Siberia
    (details)

  • Intact human cells survived the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius
    (details)

  • This is no place to call home
    (details)


Montag, 24.8.2020, 17:17
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Boxgrove site in Britain offers rare glimpse of ice age tool kit
    (details)

  • Island chain in eastern Indonesia reveals evidence of early human migration
    (details)

  • Work continues on historical Black cemeteries in America
    (details)

  • Ancient stone monuments in Saudi Arabia offer clues to early pastoral peoples
    (details)


Montag, 31.8.2020, 15:37
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Illegal gold mining obliterates archaeological sites in Sudan
    (details)

  • Romans in a Red Sea trading port bought monkeys from India as pets
    (details)

  • Africa’s early music traditions are traced through scattered artifacts
    (details)

  • Port construction in northern Chile unearths well dressed, well preserved mummies
    (details)


Montag, 2.11.2020, 16:06
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Ancient dog DNA is being used to help trace human history
    (details)

  • Research in the United States examines what it meant to be a Mississippian
    (details)

  • Evidence shows ancient people in Turkey successfully adapted to climate change
    (details)

  • Newly found signet with the image Apollo points to a pluralistic Jerusalem
    (details)


Montag, 5.10.2020, 22:45
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Ancient humans in the Amazon used managed forest practices
    (details)

  • Archaeologists determine how people first settled on Caribbean islands
    (details)

  • Humans have affected global ecosystems for longer than previously believed
    (details)

  • Renewed interest in New Mexico’s 1680 Pueblo Revolt in wake of 2020 protests
    (details)


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Montag, 9.11.2020, 18:40
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Teeth from Bronze Age site in Spain show that women were fiber specialists
    (details)

  • Andes burial from 9,000 years ago reveals young, female big-game hunter
    (details)

  • Greenwich Palace exploration finds the spot where everything changed for Henry VIII
    (details)

  • Search for Tulsa Massacre remains finds coffins that were buried without marker
    (details)


Montag, 5.10.2020, 22:45
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Ancient humans in the Amazon used managed forest practices
    (details)

  • Archaeologists determine how people first settled on Caribbean islands
    (details)

  • Humans have affected global ecosystems for longer than previously believed
    (details)

  • Renewed interest in New Mexico’s 1680 Pueblo Revolt in wake of 2020 protests
    (details)


Montag, 27.7.2020, 16:41
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Studies of pirate shipwreck suggests Blackbeard abandoned it intentionally
    (details)

  • Viking age burials produce smallpox DNA that adds new twist to history
    (details)

  • New studies from Mexican cave and other early sites put North American arrival at 30,000 years ago
    (details)

  • New site in Jerusalem is from time of the biblical kings
    (details)


Montag, 3.8.2020, 17:08
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Coprolites in Oregon caves reveal lengthy human occupation
    (details)

  • Source of Stonehenge monoliths found
    (details)

  • Grape pips help archaeologists study ancient economy
    (details)

  • Epidemics revealed in human teeth
    (details)


Montag, 31.8.2020, 15:37
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Illegal gold mining obliterates archaeological sites in Sudan
    (details)

  • Romans in a Red Sea trading port bought monkeys from India as pets
    (details)

  • Africa’s early music traditions are traced through scattered artifacts
    (details)

  • Port construction in northern Chile unearths well dressed, well preserved mummies
    (details)


Montag, 19.10.2020, 17:22
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New analysis shows Central Asian leather balls are 3,000 years old
    (details)

  • Climate change helped drive human cousins extinct
    (details)

  • Finds from Theopetra Cave show changes from Paleolithic to Neolithic in Greece
    (details)

  • How tourists shape the future of Confederate monuments
    (details)


Montag, 14.9.2020, 16:43
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Fruit ripens from 2,000 year old seeds
    (details)

  • Drone footage reveals earthwork in American Midwest
    (details)

  • Evidence points to high literacy rates among 7th Century BC Judahites
    (details)

  • Why genetic advance pre-dates cultural advances in Homo sapiens
    (details)


Montag, 10.8.2020, 16:48
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Fluted tools were developed independently in North America and Arabia
    (details)

  • Divers find rare intact Inca offerings in South American lake
    (details)

  • Australian mining company apologizes for destroying Aboriginal heritage site
    (details)

  • Northern Ireland’s Navan Fort may be part of larger temple complex
    (details)


Montag, 12.10.2020, 12:06
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Remnants of ancient Viking temple found in Norway
    (details)

  • Clay figurine adorned with bone mask discovered in Siberia
    (details)

  • Intact human cells survived the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius
    (details)

  • This is no place to call home
    (details)


Montag, 26.10.2020, 14:02
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New Nazca Line discovery shows a cat sprawling across the hillside
    (details)

  • As glaciers in the Alps melt, archaeologists race to rescue fragile artifacts
    (details)

  • Archaeologists fear retrieval of Titanic radio may disturb human remains
    (details)

  • Scientists find new ways to conserve Arctic Circle artifacts
    (details)


Montag, 2.11.2020, 16:06
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Ancient dog DNA is being used to help trace human history
    (details)

  • Research in the United States examines what it meant to be a Mississippian
    (details)

  • Evidence shows ancient people in Turkey successfully adapted to climate change
    (details)

  • Newly found signet with the image Apollo points to a pluralistic Jerusalem
    (details)


Montag, 24.8.2020, 17:17
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Boxgrove site in Britain offers rare glimpse of ice age tool kit
    (details)

  • Island chain in eastern Indonesia reveals evidence of early human migration
    (details)

  • Work continues on historical Black cemeteries in America
    (details)

  • Ancient stone monuments in Saudi Arabia offer clues to early pastoral peoples
    (details)


Dienstag, 29.9.2020, 16:39
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Early edition of final Shakespeare play found in Scottish seminary in Spain
    (details)

  • Major exhibit on 400th anniversary of the Mayflower balances myth with truth
    (details)

  • Geochemistry of Egyptian bird mummies reveals they were hunted
    (details)

  • New dates for Hadrianopolis near Black Sea put city’s founding in the Copper Age
    (details)


Mittwoch, 9.9.2020, 20:04
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Ancient cult threw offerings into the sea for 400 years
    (details)

  • Cyclones may have contributed to Maya decline
    (details)

  • Population decline on Easter Island serves lesson for the planet
    (details)

  • Face down burial raises questions about past pandemics
    (details)


Montag, 16.11.2020, 19:17
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Remains of people and horses provide insight into Xiongnu civilization
    (details)

  • The true story behind the Great Fire of Rome
    (details)

  • New fossil discovery shows evolutionary changes in extinct human in small-scale
    (details)

  • The Svalbard shipwreck and where it disappeared to
    (details)


Dienstag, 22.9.2020, 15:09
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Excavation seeks remains of colonial Williamsburg’s first Black church
    (details)

  • Maya slave ship wreck identified off Mexican coast
    (details)

  • Fingerprints show both sexes painted neolithic art
    (details)

  • DNA study of Viking burials shows they weren’t all Scandinavians
    (details)


Montag, 17.8.2020, 16:54
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • March 29, 2020: Signs of world's earliest epidemic found in China
    (details)

  • May 10, 2020: Archaeological evidence puts pandemic effects into historical perspective
    (details)

  • May 17:How ancient African societies coped with epidemics
    (details)

  • Epidemics revealed in human teeth
    (details)