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UNESCO - World Heritage
Freitag, 16.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee's 44th session opened today in Fuzhou (China) at the Fuzhou Strait Culture and Art Center, and continues online until 31 July. During the session, the 21-member Committee will notably examine the state of conservation of 255 sites already inscribed on the World Heritage List, 53 of which also figure on the List of World Heritage in Danger. 
In her opening address, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said, "As the ...
Freitag, 4.6.2021, 23:00
This year's World Environment Day will launch and focus on the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a global rallying cry to heal our planet.
Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet - and its people. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. It can help to end poverty, combat climate change ...
Mittwoch, 23.6.2021, 18:20
On 8 June 2021, UNESCO, the Ghana Museums and Monuments Boards (GMMB), and the Netherlands represented by the Dutch Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Ron Strikker, inaugurated the Ussher Fort Slave Museum and Documentary Centre in Accra, after two years of rehabilitation work.
Ussher Fort, formerly called Fort Crèvecœur, is one of 28 components of the serial World Heritage property Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions  inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage ...
Samstag, 10.7.2021, 07:00
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is receiving a high number of e-mails expressing great concern for the possible extinction, in the near future, of the vaquita, a critically endangered porpoise endemic to the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California (Mexico).
Inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2005, the property of the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2019 in light of the critical ...
Freitag, 2.7.2021
The 10th Anniversary of the 2011 UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL Recommendation) took place online through a launch event for the UNESCO HUL Call for Action and a global conference on the application of the HUL Recommendation to World Heritage cities.
The online events, consisting of several meetings and workshops, took place between 16 and 24 June 2021, marking the beginning of the celebrations. The events gathered more than 86 speakers (including 9 Mayors/city ...
Dienstag, 6.7.2021, 01:36
Vaquita are one of the world's most threatened mammals, with less than ten individuals thought to remain. These all exist in a small area of the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California UNESCO World Heritage site in Mexico, where entanglement in illegal fishing nets threatens their survival. The site was for this reason inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2019. The Rapid Response Facility (RRF) is supporting removal of illegal fishing nets to save this ...
Freitag, 18.6.2021, 21:00
The World Heritage Committee's 44th session will be chaired from Fuzhou (China) and take place online from 16 to 31 July, combining current work and issues left outstanding since last year, when the annual meeting was postponed due to COVID-19. The extended session will be chaired by Tian Xuejun, China's Vice Minister for Education and Director of China's National Commission for UNESCO.
Mechtild Rössler, Director of UNESCO's World Heritage Centre, will be ...
Mittwoch, 2.6.2021, 18:00
The German Commission for UNESCO herewith invites UNESCO World Heritage sites and UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Africa to submit proposals for projects that help them to overcome an existing impairment caused by the COVID 19 pandemic. Up to 20,000 Euro financial support will be provided to selected projects.
By providing financial and technical support to UNESCO World Heritage sites and Biosphere Reserves in Africa, the German Commission for UNESCO aims at helping to maintain independent and ...
Freitag, 25.6.2021, 18:30
Following the first meeting held on 1 April 2021, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre organized an online technical meeting on 11 June to support the  process of drafting the Desired state of conservation for removal (DSCOR) of Leptis Magna from the List of World Heritage in Danger, and the needed corrective measures.
The online meeting brought together representatives of Libyan authorities, the site manager of the property, the Management Committee for the Implementation of the Strategy ...
Freitag, 30.7.2021, 23:00
During the extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee, the side event, ‘Looking into the future: Highlights of the Regional Action Plan for Africa (2021 – 2027)' will take place on 30 July.
The event will take place on Zoom platform from 4pm to 5.30pm (Paris Time, GMT +2) and will reflect the Regional Report and Action Plan (2021-2027) for Africa, which is the result of the Third Cycle of the Periodic Reporting exercise in the region.
AgendaOpening remarksMs Mechtild ...
Mittwoch, 16.6.2021, 20:00
Following the launch of the first regional competition for Eastern Africa entitled: "Mobilizing Youth Engagement in the Celebration of African World Heritage Day - 5th May 2021,” six (6) proposals from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda were selected as finalists and will receive 5000 USD grants to raise awareness and engagement of youth for the protection and promotion of World Heritage in Africa.
The online competition, which was launched by the UNESCO ...
Montag, 26.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee today added seven sites to UNESCO's World Heritage List. Four of the sites have been inscribed for the natural attributed: Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, northern part of Okinawa Island, and Iriomote Island (Japan), Getbol, Korean Tidal Flats (Republic of Korea), Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (Thailand) and Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands (Georgia). Three were listed for their cultural properties, among them one transnational site: Arslantepe ...
Mittwoch, 23.6.2021, 07:00
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the 2011 UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape

The HUL Anniversary Event not only marks the start of the 2021 celebration but serves as a catalyst for greater adoptions of the HUL approach.
Serving as a platform to share lessons learned from COVID-19 and to resume discussions on the future of urban management, topics such as public space, renovations, tourism, infrastructure and livelihoods will be explored. The Recommendation will ...
Freitag, 18.6.2021, 07:00
COVID-19 has impacted all sectors and all regions, and the world's over 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage properties are no exception.
To understand the impact of COVID-19 on World Heritage one year after the start of the pandemic, UNESCO launched a far-reaching survey of site managers and national authorities and have published the results in the report ‘World Heritage in the face of COVID-19'.
The survey found that many respondents expect the effects of the crisis on World Heritage ...
Sonntag, 18.7.2021, 07:00
The master's programme in World Heritage Studies (WHS) at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany now opens its doors towards a full online study experience.
The World Heritage Studies programme began in 1999 and its graduates from more than two decades have established a strong alumni network of professionals in the World Heritage field. Starting from October 2021, the programme offers a new study option: World Heritage Studies (Online), aimed at offering a master's degree in World ...
Freitag, 30.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee today inscribed the transnational property of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire – The Danube Limes (Western Segment) on UNESCO's World Heritage List. 
Frontiers of the Roman Empire – The Danube Limes (Western Segment) features components in Austria, Germany, and SlovakiaIt covers almost 600km of the whole Roman Empire's Danube frontier. The property formed part of the much large frontier of the Roman Empire that encircled the Mediterranean Sea. ...
Donnerstag, 1.7.2021, 16:40
On 1-2 July 2021, the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) https://climate.copernicus.eu/ will host a workshop with key sectoral stakeholders to discuss climate challenges for Cultural and Natural Heritage, data needs and potential solutions offered by C3S. This workshop aims to:• To understand the climate change-related challenges of the Cultural and Natural Heritagecommunity• To identify specific needs for climate data, tools and services in order to meet these challenges• To present ...
Dienstag, 29.6.2021, 00:02
On 21 June 2021, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC), the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and the École du Patrimoine Africain (EPA) brought together Ambassadors, site managers, and African heritage experts for the online launching of the project for the Capacity-building in risk management and protection systems in Africa.
"Most of the African properties do not have a ...
Dienstag, 15.6.2021, 17:30
Following the official launch of the project " Supporting capacity-building of World Heritage sites in East Africa (Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania)” supported by the Sultanate of Oman, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC) organized the first consultation meetings with concerned national institutions and partners of the five beneficiary countries, from 27 April to 8 June 2021.
The project and the timely support from UNESCO and the Sultanate of Oman ...
Dienstag, 6.7.2021, 20:30
You are invited to the UNESCO side event at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) "Coping with environmental challenges: climate and biodiversity action in UNESCO's sites” on 6th of July 2021, 1:30pm - 3:00pm CEST.

Register
Register to participatehttps://bit.ly/3x5fx5Q

The side event will begin with a discussion on how to address climate change and biodiversity on land and in the Ocean from a scientific perspective focusing on the outcomes of the IPBES-IPCC co-sponsored ...
Freitag, 18.6.2021, 07:00
COVID-19 has impacted all sectors and all regions, and the world's over 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage properties are no exception.
To understand the impact of COVID-19 on World Heritage one year after the start of the pandemic, UNESCO launched a far-reaching survey of site managers and national authorities and have published the results in the report ‘World Heritage in the face of COVID-19'.
The survey found that many respondents expect the effects of the crisis on World Heritage ...
Mittwoch, 23.6.2021, 07:00
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the 2011 UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape

The HUL Anniversary Event not only marks the start of the 2021 celebration but serves as a catalyst for greater adoptions of the HUL approach.
Serving as a platform to share lessons learned from COVID-19 and to resume discussions on the future of urban management, topics such as public space, renovations, tourism, infrastructure and livelihoods will be explored. The Recommendation will ...
Dienstag, 29.6.2021, 00:02
On 21 June 2021, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC), the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and the École du Patrimoine Africain (EPA) brought together Ambassadors, site managers, and African heritage experts for the online launching of the project for the Capacity-building in risk management and protection systems in Africa.
"Most of the African properties do not have a ...
Mittwoch, 7.7.2021, 07:00
"World Heritage governance – Being prepared to manage change and continuity”
Site managers of World Heritage sites from around the world are invited to this year's World Heritage Site Managers Forum (WHSMF), held in the occasion of the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting.
Applicants from natural, cultural and mixed World Heritage properties are welcome to apply to the fourth edition of this global event. The initiative aims to empower and create opportunities for ...
Donnerstag, 8.7.2021, 07:00
This year's Forum is being held online by nearly 100 World Heritage Site Managers from around the world from 7 to 13 July, together with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Advisory Bodies, heritage experts and representatives of various Chinese heritage institutions.  

H.E. Mr. Tian Xuejun, Chairperson of the extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee followed by Ms. Mechtild Rössler, Director of the World Heritage Centre, Mr. Webber Ndoro, Director General of ...
Freitag, 18.6.2021, 21:00
The World Heritage Committee's 44th session will be chaired from Fuzhou (China) and take place online from 16 to 31 July, combining current work and issues left outstanding since last year, when the annual meeting was postponed due to COVID-19. The extended session will be chaired by Tian Xuejun, China's Vice Minister for Education and Director of China's National Commission for UNESCO.
Mechtild Rössler, Director of UNESCO's World Heritage Centre, will be ...
Mittwoch, 28.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee today added four sites to UNESCO's World Heritage List and one extension to an existing transnational natural site in Europe.
The new cultural sites are located in Italy, Slovenia, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom.  The natural site inscribed today is Ivindo National Park in Gabon. The World Heritage Committee also approved an extension to the existing World Heritage site of Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other ...
Sonntag, 18.7.2021, 17:00
Press conference (online)on 18 July at 10:00 am CEST (UTC+2 Paris Time)
Participants
Tian XuejunChair of the Extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee, Vice Minister of Education and Chairperson of the National Commissionof the People's Republic of China for UNESCO
Ernesto Ottone R.UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture
Mechtild RösslerDirector of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre Moderator: Shahbaz Khan, Director,UNESCO Cluster Office in Beijing

The press ...
Freitag, 2.7.2021
The 10th Anniversary of the 2011 UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL Recommendation) took place online through a launch event for the UNESCO HUL Call for Action and a global conference on the application of the HUL Recommendation to World Heritage cities. The online events, consisting of several meetings and workshops, took place between 16 and 24 June 2021, marking the beginning of the celebrations. The events gathered more than 86 speakers (including 9 Mayors/city ...
Mittwoch, 16.6.2021, 20:00
Following the launch of the first regional competition for Eastern Africa entitled: "Mobilizing Youth Engagement in the Celebration of African World Heritage Day - 5th May 2021,” six (6) proposals from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda were selected as finalists and will receive 5000 USD grants to raise awareness and engagement of youth for the protection and promotion of World Heritage in Africa.
The online competition, which was launched by the UNESCO ...
Samstag, 24.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee today inscribed five cultural sites, including one transnational property, in Saudi Arabia, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on UNESCO's World Heritage List during its 44th session held online and chaired from Fuzhou (China).
The following sites were inscribed today:
Saudi Arabia, Ḥimā Cultural AreaLocated in an arid, mountainous area of southwest Saudi Arabia, on one of the Arabian ...
Freitag, 30.7.2021, 23:00
During the extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee, the side event, ‘Looking into the future: Highlights of the Regional Action Plan for Africa (2021 – 2027)' will take place on 30 July.
The event will take place on Zoom platform from 4pm to 5.30pm (Paris Time, GMT +2) and will reflect the Regional Report and Action Plan (2021-2027) for Africa, which is the result of the Third Cycle of the Periodic Reporting exercise in the region.
AgendaOpening remarksMs Mechtild ...
Mittwoch, 4.8.2021, 01:00
In parallel to the extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC), in close collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), organised an online side event, "Looking into the future: Highlights of the Regional Action Plan for Africa (2021 – 2027)” on 30 July. The event reflected upon the objectives and challenges foreseen in the implementation of the approved Action Plan (2021-2027) for Africa, as a result of the report of the ...
Mittwoch, 7.7.2021, 19:10
A technical workshop was organized to strengthen capacities of stakeholders in identifying and evaluating the impact that new projects may pose on the Outstanding Universal Value of World Heritage sites, in addition to the elaboration of the necessary mitigation measures.
The online workshop was held in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Egypt, and brought together more than 30 representatives of the various institutions concerned with the management and ...
Donnerstag, 1.7.2021, 16:40
On 1-2 July 2021, the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) https://climate.copernicus.eu/ will host a workshop with key sectoral stakeholders to discuss climate challenges for Cultural and Natural Heritage, data needs and potential solutions offered by C3S. This workshop aims to:• To understand the climate change-related challenges of the Cultural and Natural Heritagecommunity• To identify specific needs for climate data, tools and services in order to meet these challenges• To present ...
Dienstag, 8.6.2021, 07:00
World Oceans Day How Marine World Heritage builds resilience for people and nature
Spread across 37 nations from the tropics to the poles, the 50 UNESCO marine World Heritage sites are among the ocean's most productive waters. Their abundance of marine life is vital to sustain the livelihoods of indigenous communities, local businesses and artists alike.

This year's United Nations World Oceans Day highlights the critical importance of the ocean as a source of life ...
Dienstag, 27.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee today added 13 cultural sites to UNESCO's World Heritage List and one extension to an existing cultural site in Mexico. Roșia Montană Mining Landscape (Romania), was simultaneously inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger pending the removal of threats to its integrity posed by possible extractive activities.
These additions were made during the extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee held online and chaired from Fuzhou (China), ...
Mittwoch, 21.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee, holding its 44th session in Fuzhou and online, decided to delete the property "Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City” (UK) from the World Heritage List, due to the irreversible loss of attributes conveying the outstanding universal value of the property.
Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2004 and on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2012 following concerns about the proposed development of Liverpool ...
Donnerstag, 1.7.2021, 18:00
In July 2021, the UNESCO Office in Almaty, in close cooperation with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and three Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Convention (ICCROM, ICOMOS, IUCN), will organize a series of online capacity-building webinars for individuals and organizations responsible for the management of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage sites in Central Asia.
Employees of all organizations involved in the management of the Central Asian World Heritage sites, as well as ...
Donnerstag, 8.7.2021, 18:00
In the framework of the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, the Rwandan National Commission for UNESCO organized in Huyé from 9 to 11 June 2021, with the technical and financial support of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, a national technical consultation to raise awareness on the importance of this Convention and to elaborate a roadmap for the preparation of the nomination file of Nyungwe National Park (NNP) on the World Heritage List. Rwanda received initial ...
Donnerstag, 22.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee, during its Extended 44th session, has officially taken note of the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the World Heritage Capacity-Building Strategy (2011 - 2021).
To mark this celebration, the World Heritage Centre is pleased to announce that a dedicated capacity building webpage has been made available to centralize all on-going and future capacity building activities: https://whc.unesco.org/en/capacity-building/
These tools and activities are conceived to ...
Montag, 31.5.2021, 17:00
UNESCO is now compensating for all greenhouse gas emissions caused by in-house and outsourced printing services at Headquarters (HQ). To make our print publications ‘carbon neutral', UNESCO has chosen to support the development of a small scale hydropower project near Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
While UNESCO is striving to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and overall environmental footprint, some emissions cannot be ...
Dienstag, 6.7.2021, 01:36
Vaquita are one of the world's most threatened mammals, with less than ten individuals thought to remain. These all exist in a small area of the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California UNESCO World Heritage site in Mexico, where entanglement in illegal fishing nets threatens their survival. The site was for this reason inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2019. The Rapid Response Facility (RRF) is supporting removal of illegal fishing nets to save this ...
Montag, 19.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee, meeting online since 16th of July, today decided to remove Salonga National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo) from the List of World Heritage in Danger due to improvements in its state of conservation.
The Committee welcomed the clarification provided by the national authorities that the oil concessions overlapping with the property are nul and void and that these blocs will be excluded from future auctioning. It also observed that the management of ...
Sonntag, 25.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee today inscribed Quanzhou: Emporium of the World in Song-Yuan China (China), Kakatiya Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple, Telangana (India), Trans-Iranian Railway (Iran), and Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro, a landscape of Arts and Sciences (Spain), on UNESCO's World Heritage List during its 44th session held online and chaired from Fuzhou (China).
China, Quanzhou: Emporium of the World in Song-Yuan ChinaThe serial site of Quanzhou ...
Dienstag, 15.6.2021, 17:30
Following the official launch of the project " Supporting capacity-building of World Heritage sites in East Africa (Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania)” supported by the Sultanate of Oman, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC) organized the first consultation meetings with concerned national institutions and partners of the five beneficiary countries, from 27 April to 8 June 2021.
The project and the timely support from UNESCO and the Sultanate of Oman ...
Mittwoch, 23.6.2021, 18:20
On 8 June 2021, UNESCO, the Ghana Museums and Monuments Boards (GMMB), and the Netherlands represented by the Dutch Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Ron Strikker, inaugurated the Ussher Fort Slave Museum and Documentary Centre in Accra, after two years of rehabilitation work.  Ussher Fort, formerly called Fort Crèvecœur, is one of 28 components of the serial World Heritage property Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions  inscribed on UNESCO's World ...
Donnerstag, 27.5.2021, 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, 8.6.2021, 07:00
World Oceans Day How Marine World Heritage builds resilience for people and nature
Spread across 37 nations from the tropics to the poles, the 50 UNESCO marine World Heritage sites are among the ocean's most productive waters. Their abundance of marine life is vital to sustain the livelihoods of indigenous communities, local businesses and artists alike.

This year's United Nations World Oceans Day highlights the critical importance of the ocean as a source of life ...
Freitag, 30.7.2021, 07:00
Freitag, 25.6.2021, 18:30
Following the first meeting held on 1 April 2021, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre organized an online technical meeting on 11 June to support the  process of drafting the Desired state of conservation for removal (DSCOR) of Leptis Magna from the List of World Heritage in Danger, and the needed corrective measures.
The online meeting brought together representatives of Libyan authorities, the site manager of the property, the Management Committee for the Implementation of the Strategy ...
Freitag, 16.7.2021, 07:00
The extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee is organized by UNESCO in cooperation with the Host Country, the People's Republic of China.
The session will be presided over from Fuzhou by His Excellency Mr Tian Xuejun, Vice Minister of Education and Chairperson of the National Commission of the People's Republic of China for UNESCO, Chairperson of the extended 44th session of World Heritage Committee.
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Montag, 19.4.2021, 15:50
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Biochemical studies of potsherds reveal oldest evidence of honey use in west Africa
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  • Sites in Senegal show the long duration of Middle Stone Age culture in West Africa
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  • Pacific Coast peoples diets consisted of more than salmon
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  • Scholars contradict recent claims of pre-Columbian cannibalism in the Caribbean
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Montag, 28.6.2021, 14:54
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Researchers identify remains of oldest known victim of shark attack
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  • DNA evidence reveals ancient Maya peoples tended to wild plant oases within city walls
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  • Pre-Neolithic grains may have fueled the elaborate constructions at Göbekli Tepe
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Montag, 12.4.2021, 16:41
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Hieroglyphic texts reveal the sophistication of Aztec written language
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  • Multiple lines of evidence suggest early hominids were hypercarnivores
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  • Cave artists may have risked hypoxia while creating their art deep underground
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  • Study finds no evidence to support claims of deforestation at Cahokia
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Montag, 10.5.2021, 17:23
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • British shilling from 1600s found at colonial fort in Maryland
    (details)

  • Human activity during Holocene linked to extinction of multiple species
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  • New book on Holbein finds clue to portrait of a wife of Henry the Eighth
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  • Child’s grave in Kenya thought to be oldest burial in Africa
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Montag, 26.7.2021, 21:22
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Researchers discover ancient cuneiform inscription and image of Babylon’s last king
    (details)

  • Clues from the final meal of a 2,400-year-old bog body found in Denmark
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  • Remnants of an ancient Roman road found submerged in Venice lagoon
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  • Interdisciplinary team focuses on the archaeological history of climate changes
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Montag, 5.4.2021, 17:38
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Yemeni coins found in New England were pirated during the 1600s
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  • Impacts of climate change thought to have impacted spiritual beliefs
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  • Colorful marble décor intended for Constantine I found in Bulgaria
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  • Research shows birds were transported across the Andes for hundreds of years
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Montag, 19.7.2021, 16:24
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Lakota shirt returned after a century in German museums
    (details)

  • Tomb of Hellenistic poet-astronomer uncovered in southern Turkey
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  • New Easter Island research finds population increase, not collapse
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  • Ancient Greek feasting grounds found on island of Cyprus
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Montag, 5.7.2021, 15:41
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Dendrochronology puts a date on a Bronze Age wooden pool in Italy
    (details)

  • Human waste traces show how Maya population varied due to climate swings
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  • Harvard University returns historic pipe tomahawk to Nebraska tribe
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  • Neolithic snake staff found in Finnish wetland site
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Montag, 21.6.2021, 16:24
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • German henge found to be both a residential space and ritual space for human sacrifices
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  • Researchers use Google Earth to identify large geoglyph in India
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  • Florida island shows evidence of a long-lost native settlement
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  • Sudanese pyramids face degradation as sand invades
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Montag, 31.5.2021, 15:40
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • History of Black Pharaohs unearthed in northern Sudan
    (details)

  • Evidence of tools used for creating ancient tattoos found in Tennessee
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  • Ongoing excavations around Tulsa search for victims of Greenwood riots
    (details)

  • Ancient food scraps add evidence to the evolution of Kosher dietary practices
    (details)


Montag, 17.5.2021, 16:59
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Geology explains the Roman Hell Gate, where animals died in a toxic mist
    (details)

  • As climate change accelerates rock damage, world’s oldest cave art is disappearing
    (details)

  • New study of fossil mouth microbacteria shows evolution of human diet
    (details)

  • Argument over Utah’s Bears Ears area hinges on the meaning of a monument
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Montag, 12.7.2021, 15:26
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Burials from Gabonese cave show unique pattern of tooth removal
    (details)

  • Paleolithic carved bone from Germany shows Neanderthal use of symbols
    (details)

  • Mississippi dig shows how victorious Chickasaws put Spanish loot to use
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  • New expedition seeks Shackleton’s sunken Antarctic expedition ship
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Montag, 7.6.2021, 16:01
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Scotland’s Galloway Hoard unveils new mysteries of the Viking Age
    (details)

  • National Guard mobilized to protect Teotihuacan from illegal building
    (details)

  • Piecing together countless fragments of the past, then and now
    (details)

  • Roman graves in England held decapitated victims of harsh legal code
    (details)


Montag, 3.5.2021, 16:33
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • LIDAR surveys provides new details about Maya civilizations in the northern Yucatán
    (details)

  • X-ray testing reveals Egyptian mummy was a pregnant woman
    (details)

  • Disruptions in Ancestral Puebloan societies attributed to the intersection of climate challenges with social tensions
    (details)

  • First settlers in Iceland built boat-shaped stone hearth in a volcanic cave
    (details)


Montag, 24.5.2021, 16:43
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New machine learning method increases the efficiency and accuracy of sorting ancient pot sherds
    (details)

  • Fossil data demonstrate the devastating impact of European colonization on Guadeloupe’s reptile population
    (details)

  • Roman soldier under Vesuvius ash was possibly a rescuer
    (details)

  • Genetic material left behind in caves unlocks new discoveries about Europe’s Neanderthal populations
    (details)


Montag, 26.4.2021, 15:53
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Turkish archaeologists discover Roman-era gladiator arena
    (details)

  • Traces of cabin belonging to Harriet Tubman’s father uncovered at Maryland site
    (details)

  • New study shows how humans have sustainably shaped Earth’s ecology for millennia
    (details)

  • Famous “Little Foot” fossil gives greater insight into the divergence from apes in human evolutionary history
    (details)


Montag, 2.8.2021, 16:48
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New finds in sunken Egyptian port of Heracleion
    (details)

  • Japanese lake sediments show that origins of agriculture depended on a stable climate
    (details)

  • Indigenous roots and modern technology combine in search for missing residential school children
    (details)

  • Fats, proteins, microbes: new techniques help identify the details of ancient cuisines
    (details)


Montag, 14.6.2021, 16:00
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Rare early coins found in Polish field
    (details)

  • New evidence shows prehistoric Amazonians protected the rainforest
    (details)

  • Native American tribe buys back ancestral home in Maine
    (details)

  • COVID-19 gives cover to increased looting of Italy’s antiquities
    (details)


Montag, 31.5.2021, 17:00
UNESCO is now compensating for all greenhouse gas emissions caused by in-house and outsourced printing services at Headquarters (HQ). To make our print publications ‘carbon neutral', UNESCO has chosen to support the development of a small scale hydropower project near Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
While UNESCO is striving to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and overall environmental footprint, some emissions cannot be ...
Freitag, 18.6.2021, 21:00
The World Heritage Committee's 44th session will be chaired from Fuzhou (China) and take place online from 16 to 31 July, combining current work and issues left outstanding since last year, when the annual meeting was postponed due to COVID-19. The extended session will be chaired by Tian Xuejun, China's Vice Minister for Education and Director of China's National Commission for UNESCO.
Mechtild Rössler, Director of UNESCO's World Heritage Centre, will be ...
Mittwoch, 16.6.2021, 20:00
Following the launch of the first regional competition for Eastern Africa entitled: "Mobilizing Youth Engagement in the Celebration of African World Heritage Day - 5th May 2021,” six (6) proposals from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda were selected as finalists and will receive 5000 USD grants to raise awareness and engagement of youth for the protection and promotion of World Heritage in Africa.
The online competition, which was launched by the UNESCO ...
Freitag, 18.6.2021, 07:00
COVID-19 has impacted all sectors and all regions, and the world's over 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage properties are no exception.
To understand the impact of COVID-19 on World Heritage one year after the start of the pandemic, UNESCO launched a far-reaching survey of site managers and national authorities and have published the results in the report ‘World Heritage in the face of COVID-19'.
The survey found that many respondents expect the effects of the crisis on World Heritage ...
Dienstag, 8.6.2021, 07:00
World Oceans Day How Marine World Heritage builds resilience for people and nature
Spread across 37 nations from the tropics to the poles, the 50 UNESCO marine World Heritage sites are among the ocean's most productive waters. Their abundance of marine life is vital to sustain the livelihoods of indigenous communities, local businesses and artists alike.

This year's United Nations World Oceans Day highlights the critical importance of the ocean as a source of life ...
Freitag, 25.6.2021, 18:30
Following the first meeting held on 1 April 2021, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre organized an online technical meeting on 11 June to support the  process of drafting the Desired state of conservation for removal (DSCOR) of Leptis Magna from the List of World Heritage in Danger, and the needed corrective measures.
The online meeting brought together representatives of Libyan authorities, the site manager of the property, the Management Committee for the Implementation of the Strategy ...
Freitag, 18.6.2021, 21:00
The World Heritage Committee's 44th session will be chaired from Fuzhou (China) and take place online from 16 to 31 July, combining current work and issues left outstanding since last year, when the annual meeting was postponed due to COVID-19. The extended session will be chaired by Tian Xuejun, China's Vice Minister for Education and Director of China's National Commission for UNESCO.
Mechtild Rössler, Director of UNESCO's World Heritage Centre, will be ...
Mittwoch, 7.7.2021, 19:10
A technical workshop was organized to strengthen capacities of stakeholders in identifying and evaluating the impact that new projects may pose on the Outstanding Universal Value of World Heritage sites, in addition to the elaboration of the necessary mitigation measures.
The online workshop was held in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Egypt, and brought together more than 30 representatives of the various institutions concerned with the management and ...
Donnerstag, 1.7.2021, 16:40
On 1-2 July 2021, the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) https://climate.copernicus.eu/ will host a workshop with key sectoral stakeholders to discuss climate challenges for Cultural and Natural Heritage, data needs and potential solutions offered by C3S. This workshop aims to:• To understand the climate change-related challenges of the Cultural and Natural Heritagecommunity• To identify specific needs for climate data, tools and services in order to meet these challenges• To present ...
Mittwoch, 28.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee today added four sites to UNESCO's World Heritage List and one extension to an existing transnational natural site in Europe.
The new cultural sites are located in Italy, Slovenia, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom.  The natural site inscribed today is Ivindo National Park in Gabon. The World Heritage Committee also approved an extension to the existing World Heritage site of Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other ...
Sonntag, 18.7.2021, 07:00
The master's programme in World Heritage Studies (WHS) at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany now opens its doors towards a full online study experience.
The World Heritage Studies programme began in 1999 and its graduates from more than two decades have established a strong alumni network of professionals in the World Heritage field. Starting from October 2021, the programme offers a new study option: World Heritage Studies (Online), aimed at offering a master's degree in World ...
Samstag, 10.7.2021, 07:00
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is receiving a high number of e-mails expressing great concern for the possible extinction, in the near future, of the vaquita, a critically endangered porpoise endemic to the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California (Mexico).
Inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2005, the property of the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2019 in light of the critical ...
Sonntag, 18.7.2021, 17:00
Press conference (online)on 18 July at 10:00 am CEST (UTC+2 Paris Time)
Participants
Tian XuejunChair of the Extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee, Vice Minister of Education and Chairperson of the National Commissionof the People's Republic of China for UNESCO
Ernesto Ottone R.UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture
Mechtild RösslerDirector of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre Moderator: Shahbaz Khan, Director,UNESCO Cluster Office in Beijing

The press ...
Mittwoch, 21.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee, holding its 44th session in Fuzhou and online, decided to delete the property "Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City” (UK) from the World Heritage List, due to the irreversible loss of attributes conveying the outstanding universal value of the property.
Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2004 and on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2012 following concerns about the proposed development of Liverpool ...
Donnerstag, 1.7.2021, 16:40
On 1-2 July 2021, the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) https://climate.copernicus.eu/ will host a workshop with key sectoral stakeholders to discuss climate challenges for Cultural and Natural Heritage, data needs and potential solutions offered by C3S. This workshop aims to:• To understand the climate change-related challenges of the Cultural and Natural Heritagecommunity• To identify specific needs for climate data, tools and services in order to meet these challenges• To present ...
Freitag, 30.7.2021, 23:00
During the extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee, the side event, ‘Looking into the future: Highlights of the Regional Action Plan for Africa (2021 – 2027)' will take place on 30 July.
The event will take place on Zoom platform from 4pm to 5.30pm (Paris Time, GMT +2) and will reflect the Regional Report and Action Plan (2021-2027) for Africa, which is the result of the Third Cycle of the Periodic Reporting exercise in the region.
AgendaOpening remarksMs Mechtild ...
Freitag, 2.7.2021
The 10th Anniversary of the 2011 UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL Recommendation) took place online through a launch event for the UNESCO HUL Call for Action and a global conference on the application of the HUL Recommendation to World Heritage cities. The online events, consisting of several meetings and workshops, took place between 16 and 24 June 2021, marking the beginning of the celebrations. The events gathered more than 86 speakers (including 9 Mayors/city ...
Mittwoch, 7.7.2021, 07:00
"World Heritage governance – Being prepared to manage change and continuity”
Site managers of World Heritage sites from around the world are invited to this year's World Heritage Site Managers Forum (WHSMF), held in the occasion of the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting.
Applicants from natural, cultural and mixed World Heritage properties are welcome to apply to the fourth edition of this global event. The initiative aims to empower and create opportunities for ...
Mittwoch, 23.6.2021, 18:20
On 8 June 2021, UNESCO, the Ghana Museums and Monuments Boards (GMMB), and the Netherlands represented by the Dutch Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Ron Strikker, inaugurated the Ussher Fort Slave Museum and Documentary Centre in Accra, after two years of rehabilitation work.
Ussher Fort, formerly called Fort Crèvecœur, is one of 28 components of the serial World Heritage property Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions  inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage ...
Donnerstag, 1.7.2021, 18:00
In July 2021, the UNESCO Office in Almaty, in close cooperation with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and three Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Convention (ICCROM, ICOMOS, IUCN), will organize a series of online capacity-building webinars for individuals and organizations responsible for the management of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage sites in Central Asia.
Employees of all organizations involved in the management of the Central Asian World Heritage sites, as well as ...
Dienstag, 29.6.2021, 00:02
On 21 June 2021, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC), the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and the École du Patrimoine Africain (EPA) brought together Ambassadors, site managers, and African heritage experts for the online launching of the project for the Capacity-building in risk management and protection systems in Africa.
"Most of the African properties do not have a ...
Dienstag, 8.6.2021, 07:00
World Oceans Day How Marine World Heritage builds resilience for people and nature
Spread across 37 nations from the tropics to the poles, the 50 UNESCO marine World Heritage sites are among the ocean's most productive waters. Their abundance of marine life is vital to sustain the livelihoods of indigenous communities, local businesses and artists alike.

This year's United Nations World Oceans Day highlights the critical importance of the ocean as a source of life ...
Donnerstag, 27.5.2021, 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, 8.7.2021, 18:00
In the framework of the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, the Rwandan National Commission for UNESCO organized in Huyé from 9 to 11 June 2021, with the technical and financial support of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, a national technical consultation to raise awareness on the importance of this Convention and to elaborate a roadmap for the preparation of the nomination file of Nyungwe National Park (NNP) on the World Heritage List. Rwanda received initial ...
Mittwoch, 2.6.2021, 18:00
The German Commission for UNESCO herewith invites UNESCO World Heritage sites and UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Africa to submit proposals for projects that help them to overcome an existing impairment caused by the COVID 19 pandemic. Up to 20,000 Euro financial support will be provided to selected projects.
By providing financial and technical support to UNESCO World Heritage sites and Biosphere Reserves in Africa, the German Commission for UNESCO aims at helping to maintain independent and ...
Donnerstag, 8.7.2021, 07:00
This year's Forum is being held online by nearly 100 World Heritage Site Managers from around the world from 7 to 13 July, together with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Advisory Bodies, heritage experts and representatives of various Chinese heritage institutions.  

H.E. Mr. Tian Xuejun, Chairperson of the extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee followed by Ms. Mechtild Rössler, Director of the World Heritage Centre, Mr. Webber Ndoro, Director General of ...
Freitag, 30.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee today inscribed the transnational property of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire – The Danube Limes (Western Segment) on UNESCO's World Heritage List. 
Frontiers of the Roman Empire – The Danube Limes (Western Segment) features components in Austria, Germany, and SlovakiaIt covers almost 600km of the whole Roman Empire's Danube frontier. The property formed part of the much large frontier of the Roman Empire that encircled the Mediterranean Sea. ...
Freitag, 25.6.2021, 18:30
Following the first meeting held on 1 April 2021, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre organized an online technical meeting on 11 June to support the  process of drafting the Desired state of conservation for removal (DSCOR) of Leptis Magna from the List of World Heritage in Danger, and the needed corrective measures.
The online meeting brought together representatives of Libyan authorities, the site manager of the property, the Management Committee for the Implementation of the Strategy ...
Dienstag, 29.6.2021, 00:02
On 21 June 2021, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC), the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and the École du Patrimoine Africain (EPA) brought together Ambassadors, site managers, and African heritage experts for the online launching of the project for the Capacity-building in risk management and protection systems in Africa.
"Most of the African properties do not have a ...
Montag, 19.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee, meeting online since 16th of July, today decided to remove Salonga National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo) from the List of World Heritage in Danger due to improvements in its state of conservation.
The Committee welcomed the clarification provided by the national authorities that the oil concessions overlapping with the property are nul and void and that these blocs will be excluded from future auctioning. It also observed that the management of ...
Freitag, 16.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee's 44th session opened today in Fuzhou (China) at the Fuzhou Strait Culture and Art Center, and continues online until 31 July. During the session, the 21-member Committee will notably examine the state of conservation of 255 sites already inscribed on the World Heritage List, 53 of which also figure on the List of World Heritage in Danger. 
In her opening address, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said, "As the ...
Dienstag, 27.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee today added 13 cultural sites to UNESCO's World Heritage List and one extension to an existing cultural site in Mexico. Roșia Montană Mining Landscape (Romania), was simultaneously inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger pending the removal of threats to its integrity posed by possible extractive activities.
These additions were made during the extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee held online and chaired from Fuzhou (China), ...
Sonntag, 25.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee today inscribed Quanzhou: Emporium of the World in Song-Yuan China (China), Kakatiya Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple, Telangana (India), Trans-Iranian Railway (Iran), and Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro, a landscape of Arts and Sciences (Spain), on UNESCO's World Heritage List during its 44th session held online and chaired from Fuzhou (China).
China, Quanzhou: Emporium of the World in Song-Yuan ChinaThe serial site of Quanzhou ...
Mittwoch, 23.6.2021, 07:00
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the 2011 UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape

The HUL Anniversary Event not only marks the start of the 2021 celebration but serves as a catalyst for greater adoptions of the HUL approach.
Serving as a platform to share lessons learned from COVID-19 and to resume discussions on the future of urban management, topics such as public space, renovations, tourism, infrastructure and livelihoods will be explored. The Recommendation will ...
Dienstag, 15.6.2021, 17:30
Following the official launch of the project " Supporting capacity-building of World Heritage sites in East Africa (Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania)” supported by the Sultanate of Oman, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC) organized the first consultation meetings with concerned national institutions and partners of the five beneficiary countries, from 27 April to 8 June 2021.
The project and the timely support from UNESCO and the Sultanate of Oman ...
Freitag, 18.6.2021, 07:00
COVID-19 has impacted all sectors and all regions, and the world's over 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage properties are no exception.
To understand the impact of COVID-19 on World Heritage one year after the start of the pandemic, UNESCO launched a far-reaching survey of site managers and national authorities and have published the results in the report ‘World Heritage in the face of COVID-19'.
The survey found that many respondents expect the effects of the crisis on World Heritage ...
Mittwoch, 16.6.2021, 20:00
Following the launch of the first regional competition for Eastern Africa entitled: "Mobilizing Youth Engagement in the Celebration of African World Heritage Day - 5th May 2021,” six (6) proposals from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda were selected as finalists and will receive 5000 USD grants to raise awareness and engagement of youth for the protection and promotion of World Heritage in Africa.
The online competition, which was launched by the UNESCO ...
Freitag, 4.6.2021, 23:00
This year's World Environment Day will launch and focus on the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a global rallying cry to heal our planet.
Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet - and its people. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. It can help to end poverty, combat climate change ...
Samstag, 24.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee today inscribed five cultural sites, including one transnational property, in Saudi Arabia, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on UNESCO's World Heritage List during its 44th session held online and chaired from Fuzhou (China).
The following sites were inscribed today:
Saudi Arabia, Ḥimā Cultural AreaLocated in an arid, mountainous area of southwest Saudi Arabia, on one of the Arabian ...
Donnerstag, 22.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee, during its Extended 44th session, has officially taken note of the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the World Heritage Capacity-Building Strategy (2011 - 2021).
To mark this celebration, the World Heritage Centre is pleased to announce that a dedicated capacity building webpage has been made available to centralize all on-going and future capacity building activities: https://whc.unesco.org/en/capacity-building/
These tools and activities are conceived to ...
Dienstag, 6.7.2021, 01:36
Vaquita are one of the world's most threatened mammals, with less than ten individuals thought to remain. These all exist in a small area of the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California UNESCO World Heritage site in Mexico, where entanglement in illegal fishing nets threatens their survival. The site was for this reason inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2019. The Rapid Response Facility (RRF) is supporting removal of illegal fishing nets to save this ...
Montag, 26.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee today added seven sites to UNESCO's World Heritage List. Four of the sites have been inscribed for the natural attributed: Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, northern part of Okinawa Island, and Iriomote Island (Japan), Getbol, Korean Tidal Flats (Republic of Korea), Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (Thailand) and Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands (Georgia). Three were listed for their cultural properties, among them one transnational site: Arslantepe ...
Mittwoch, 23.6.2021, 07:00
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the 2011 UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape

The HUL Anniversary Event not only marks the start of the 2021 celebration but serves as a catalyst for greater adoptions of the HUL approach.
Serving as a platform to share lessons learned from COVID-19 and to resume discussions on the future of urban management, topics such as public space, renovations, tourism, infrastructure and livelihoods will be explored. The Recommendation will ...
Mittwoch, 4.8.2021, 01:00
In parallel to the extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC), in close collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), organised an online side event, "Looking into the future: Highlights of the Regional Action Plan for Africa (2021 – 2027)” on 30 July. The event reflected upon the objectives and challenges foreseen in the implementation of the approved Action Plan (2021-2027) for Africa, as a result of the report of the ...
Freitag, 30.7.2021, 07:00
Freitag, 2.7.2021
The 10th Anniversary of the 2011 UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL Recommendation) took place online through a launch event for the UNESCO HUL Call for Action and a global conference on the application of the HUL Recommendation to World Heritage cities.
The online events, consisting of several meetings and workshops, took place between 16 and 24 June 2021, marking the beginning of the celebrations. The events gathered more than 86 speakers (including 9 Mayors/city ...
Dienstag, 6.7.2021, 20:30
You are invited to the UNESCO side event at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) "Coping with environmental challenges: climate and biodiversity action in UNESCO's sites” on 6th of July 2021, 1:30pm - 3:00pm CEST.

Register
Register to participatehttps://bit.ly/3x5fx5Q

The side event will begin with a discussion on how to address climate change and biodiversity on land and in the Ocean from a scientific perspective focusing on the outcomes of the IPBES-IPCC co-sponsored ...
Dienstag, 6.7.2021, 01:36
Vaquita are one of the world's most threatened mammals, with less than ten individuals thought to remain. These all exist in a small area of the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California UNESCO World Heritage site in Mexico, where entanglement in illegal fishing nets threatens their survival. The site was for this reason inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2019. The Rapid Response Facility (RRF) is supporting removal of illegal fishing nets to save this ...
Mittwoch, 23.6.2021, 18:20
On 8 June 2021, UNESCO, the Ghana Museums and Monuments Boards (GMMB), and the Netherlands represented by the Dutch Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Ron Strikker, inaugurated the Ussher Fort Slave Museum and Documentary Centre in Accra, after two years of rehabilitation work.  Ussher Fort, formerly called Fort Crèvecœur, is one of 28 components of the serial World Heritage property Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions  inscribed on UNESCO's World ...
Freitag, 16.7.2021, 07:00
The extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee is organized by UNESCO in cooperation with the Host Country, the People's Republic of China.
The session will be presided over from Fuzhou by His Excellency Mr Tian Xuejun, Vice Minister of Education and Chairperson of the National Commission of the People's Republic of China for UNESCO, Chairperson of the extended 44th session of World Heritage Committee.
Freitag, 30.7.2021, 23:00
During the extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee, the side event, ‘Looking into the future: Highlights of the Regional Action Plan for Africa (2021 – 2027)' will take place on 30 July.
The event will take place on Zoom platform from 4pm to 5.30pm (Paris Time, GMT +2) and will reflect the Regional Report and Action Plan (2021-2027) for Africa, which is the result of the Third Cycle of the Periodic Reporting exercise in the region.
AgendaOpening remarksMs Mechtild ...
Dienstag, 15.6.2021, 17:30
Following the official launch of the project " Supporting capacity-building of World Heritage sites in East Africa (Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania)” supported by the Sultanate of Oman, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC) organized the first consultation meetings with concerned national institutions and partners of the five beneficiary countries, from 27 April to 8 June 2021.
The project and the timely support from UNESCO and the Sultanate of Oman ...
Weltkulturerbe
Dienstag, 6.7.2021, 20:30
You are invited to the UNESCO side event at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) "Coping with environmental challenges: climate and biodiversity action in UNESCO's sites” on 6th of July 2021, 1:30pm - 3:00pm CEST.

Register
Register to participatehttps://bit.ly/3x5fx5Q

The side event will begin with a discussion on how to address climate change and biodiversity on land and in the Ocean from a scientific perspective focusing on the outcomes of the IPBES-IPCC co-sponsored ...
Samstag, 10.7.2021, 07:00
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is receiving a high number of e-mails expressing great concern for the possible extinction, in the near future, of the vaquita, a critically endangered porpoise endemic to the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California (Mexico).
Inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2005, the property of the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2019 in light of the critical ...
Freitag, 16.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee's 44th session opened today in Fuzhou (China) at the Fuzhou Strait Culture and Art Center, and continues online until 31 July. During the session, the 21-member Committee will notably examine the state of conservation of 255 sites already inscribed on the World Heritage List, 53 of which also figure on the List of World Heritage in Danger. 
In her opening address, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said, "As the ...
Mittwoch, 16.6.2021, 20:00
Following the launch of the first regional competition for Eastern Africa entitled: "Mobilizing Youth Engagement in the Celebration of African World Heritage Day - 5th May 2021,” six (6) proposals from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda were selected as finalists and will receive 5000 USD grants to raise awareness and engagement of youth for the protection and promotion of World Heritage in Africa.
The online competition, which was launched by the UNESCO ...
Sonntag, 18.7.2021, 07:00
The master's programme in World Heritage Studies (WHS) at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany now opens its doors towards a full online study experience.
The World Heritage Studies programme began in 1999 and its graduates from more than two decades have established a strong alumni network of professionals in the World Heritage field. Starting from October 2021, the programme offers a new study option: World Heritage Studies (Online), aimed at offering a master's degree in World ...
Dienstag, 29.6.2021, 00:02
On 21 June 2021, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC), the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and the École du Patrimoine Africain (EPA) brought together Ambassadors, site managers, and African heritage experts for the online launching of the project for the Capacity-building in risk management and protection systems in Africa.
"Most of the African properties do not have a ...
Mittwoch, 7.7.2021, 19:10
A technical workshop was organized to strengthen capacities of stakeholders in identifying and evaluating the impact that new projects may pose on the Outstanding Universal Value of World Heritage sites, in addition to the elaboration of the necessary mitigation measures.
The online workshop was held in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Egypt, and brought together more than 30 representatives of the various institutions concerned with the management and ...
Freitag, 18.6.2021, 07:00
COVID-19 has impacted all sectors and all regions, and the world's over 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage properties are no exception.
To understand the impact of COVID-19 on World Heritage one year after the start of the pandemic, UNESCO launched a far-reaching survey of site managers and national authorities and have published the results in the report ‘World Heritage in the face of COVID-19'.
The survey found that many respondents expect the effects of the crisis on World Heritage ...
Donnerstag, 22.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee, during its Extended 44th session, has officially taken note of the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the World Heritage Capacity-Building Strategy (2011 - 2021).
To mark this celebration, the World Heritage Centre is pleased to announce that a dedicated capacity building webpage has been made available to centralize all on-going and future capacity building activities: https://whc.unesco.org/en/capacity-building/
These tools and activities are conceived to ...
Mittwoch, 28.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee today added four sites to UNESCO's World Heritage List and one extension to an existing transnational natural site in Europe.
The new cultural sites are located in Italy, Slovenia, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom.  The natural site inscribed today is Ivindo National Park in Gabon. The World Heritage Committee also approved an extension to the existing World Heritage site of Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other ...
Freitag, 30.7.2021, 23:00
During the extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee, the side event, ‘Looking into the future: Highlights of the Regional Action Plan for Africa (2021 – 2027)' will take place on 30 July.
The event will take place on Zoom platform from 4pm to 5.30pm (Paris Time, GMT +2) and will reflect the Regional Report and Action Plan (2021-2027) for Africa, which is the result of the Third Cycle of the Periodic Reporting exercise in the region.
AgendaOpening remarksMs Mechtild ...
Mittwoch, 7.7.2021, 07:00
"World Heritage governance – Being prepared to manage change and continuity”
Site managers of World Heritage sites from around the world are invited to this year's World Heritage Site Managers Forum (WHSMF), held in the occasion of the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting.
Applicants from natural, cultural and mixed World Heritage properties are welcome to apply to the fourth edition of this global event. The initiative aims to empower and create opportunities for ...
Dienstag, 6.7.2021, 01:36
Vaquita are one of the world's most threatened mammals, with less than ten individuals thought to remain. These all exist in a small area of the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California UNESCO World Heritage site in Mexico, where entanglement in illegal fishing nets threatens their survival. The site was for this reason inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2019. The Rapid Response Facility (RRF) is supporting removal of illegal fishing nets to save this ...
Freitag, 4.6.2021, 23:00
This year's World Environment Day will launch and focus on the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a global rallying cry to heal our planet.
Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet - and its people. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. It can help to end poverty, combat climate change ...
Samstag, 24.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee today inscribed five cultural sites, including one transnational property, in Saudi Arabia, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on UNESCO's World Heritage List during its 44th session held online and chaired from Fuzhou (China).
The following sites were inscribed today:
Saudi Arabia, Ḥimā Cultural AreaLocated in an arid, mountainous area of southwest Saudi Arabia, on one of the Arabian ...
Donnerstag, 27.5.2021, 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 ...
Montag, 19.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee, meeting online since 16th of July, today decided to remove Salonga National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo) from the List of World Heritage in Danger due to improvements in its state of conservation.
The Committee welcomed the clarification provided by the national authorities that the oil concessions overlapping with the property are nul and void and that these blocs will be excluded from future auctioning. It also observed that the management of ...
Dienstag, 15.6.2021, 17:30
Following the official launch of the project " Supporting capacity-building of World Heritage sites in East Africa (Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania)” supported by the Sultanate of Oman, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC) organized the first consultation meetings with concerned national institutions and partners of the five beneficiary countries, from 27 April to 8 June 2021.
The project and the timely support from UNESCO and the Sultanate of Oman ...
Mittwoch, 23.6.2021, 18:20
On 8 June 2021, UNESCO, the Ghana Museums and Monuments Boards (GMMB), and the Netherlands represented by the Dutch Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Ron Strikker, inaugurated the Ussher Fort Slave Museum and Documentary Centre in Accra, after two years of rehabilitation work.
Ussher Fort, formerly called Fort Crèvecœur, is one of 28 components of the serial World Heritage property Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions  inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage ...
Dienstag, 27.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee today added 13 cultural sites to UNESCO's World Heritage List and one extension to an existing cultural site in Mexico. Roșia Montană Mining Landscape (Romania), was simultaneously inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger pending the removal of threats to its integrity posed by possible extractive activities.
These additions were made during the extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee held online and chaired from Fuzhou (China), ...
Mittwoch, 16.6.2021, 20:00
Following the launch of the first regional competition for Eastern Africa entitled: "Mobilizing Youth Engagement in the Celebration of African World Heritage Day - 5th May 2021,” six (6) proposals from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda were selected as finalists and will receive 5000 USD grants to raise awareness and engagement of youth for the protection and promotion of World Heritage in Africa.
The online competition, which was launched by the UNESCO ...
Freitag, 18.6.2021, 07:00
COVID-19 has impacted all sectors and all regions, and the world's over 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage properties are no exception.
To understand the impact of COVID-19 on World Heritage one year after the start of the pandemic, UNESCO launched a far-reaching survey of site managers and national authorities and have published the results in the report ‘World Heritage in the face of COVID-19'.
The survey found that many respondents expect the effects of the crisis on World Heritage ...
Mittwoch, 23.6.2021, 07:00
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the 2011 UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape

The HUL Anniversary Event not only marks the start of the 2021 celebration but serves as a catalyst for greater adoptions of the HUL approach.
Serving as a platform to share lessons learned from COVID-19 and to resume discussions on the future of urban management, topics such as public space, renovations, tourism, infrastructure and livelihoods will be explored. The Recommendation will ...
Mittwoch, 23.6.2021, 07:00
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the 2011 UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape

The HUL Anniversary Event not only marks the start of the 2021 celebration but serves as a catalyst for greater adoptions of the HUL approach.
Serving as a platform to share lessons learned from COVID-19 and to resume discussions on the future of urban management, topics such as public space, renovations, tourism, infrastructure and livelihoods will be explored. The Recommendation will ...
Donnerstag, 1.7.2021, 18:00
In July 2021, the UNESCO Office in Almaty, in close cooperation with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and three Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Convention (ICCROM, ICOMOS, IUCN), will organize a series of online capacity-building webinars for individuals and organizations responsible for the management of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage sites in Central Asia.
Employees of all organizations involved in the management of the Central Asian World Heritage sites, as well as ...
Donnerstag, 8.7.2021, 18:00
In the framework of the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, the Rwandan National Commission for UNESCO organized in Huyé from 9 to 11 June 2021, with the technical and financial support of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, a national technical consultation to raise awareness on the importance of this Convention and to elaborate a roadmap for the preparation of the nomination file of Nyungwe National Park (NNP) on the World Heritage List. Rwanda received initial ...
Dienstag, 15.6.2021, 17:30
Following the official launch of the project " Supporting capacity-building of World Heritage sites in East Africa (Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania)” supported by the Sultanate of Oman, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC) organized the first consultation meetings with concerned national institutions and partners of the five beneficiary countries, from 27 April to 8 June 2021.
The project and the timely support from UNESCO and the Sultanate of Oman ...
Freitag, 2.7.2021
The 10th Anniversary of the 2011 UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL Recommendation) took place online through a launch event for the UNESCO HUL Call for Action and a global conference on the application of the HUL Recommendation to World Heritage cities.
The online events, consisting of several meetings and workshops, took place between 16 and 24 June 2021, marking the beginning of the celebrations. The events gathered more than 86 speakers (including 9 Mayors/city ...
Freitag, 18.6.2021, 21:00
The World Heritage Committee's 44th session will be chaired from Fuzhou (China) and take place online from 16 to 31 July, combining current work and issues left outstanding since last year, when the annual meeting was postponed due to COVID-19. The extended session will be chaired by Tian Xuejun, China's Vice Minister for Education and Director of China's National Commission for UNESCO.
Mechtild Rössler, Director of UNESCO's World Heritage Centre, will be ...
Mittwoch, 4.8.2021, 01:00
In parallel to the extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC), in close collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), organised an online side event, "Looking into the future: Highlights of the Regional Action Plan for Africa (2021 – 2027)” on 30 July. The event reflected upon the objectives and challenges foreseen in the implementation of the approved Action Plan (2021-2027) for Africa, as a result of the report of the ...
Freitag, 18.6.2021, 21:00
The World Heritage Committee's 44th session will be chaired from Fuzhou (China) and take place online from 16 to 31 July, combining current work and issues left outstanding since last year, when the annual meeting was postponed due to COVID-19. The extended session will be chaired by Tian Xuejun, China's Vice Minister for Education and Director of China's National Commission for UNESCO.
Mechtild Rössler, Director of UNESCO's World Heritage Centre, will be ...
Freitag, 30.7.2021, 23:00
During the extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee, the side event, ‘Looking into the future: Highlights of the Regional Action Plan for Africa (2021 – 2027)' will take place on 30 July.
The event will take place on Zoom platform from 4pm to 5.30pm (Paris Time, GMT +2) and will reflect the Regional Report and Action Plan (2021-2027) for Africa, which is the result of the Third Cycle of the Periodic Reporting exercise in the region.
AgendaOpening remarksMs Mechtild ...
Dienstag, 6.7.2021, 01:36
Vaquita are one of the world's most threatened mammals, with less than ten individuals thought to remain. These all exist in a small area of the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California UNESCO World Heritage site in Mexico, where entanglement in illegal fishing nets threatens their survival. The site was for this reason inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2019. The Rapid Response Facility (RRF) is supporting removal of illegal fishing nets to save this ...
Donnerstag, 8.7.2021, 07:00
This year's Forum is being held online by nearly 100 World Heritage Site Managers from around the world from 7 to 13 July, together with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Advisory Bodies, heritage experts and representatives of various Chinese heritage institutions.  

H.E. Mr. Tian Xuejun, Chairperson of the extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee followed by Ms. Mechtild Rössler, Director of the World Heritage Centre, Mr. Webber Ndoro, Director General of ...
Mittwoch, 21.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee, holding its 44th session in Fuzhou and online, decided to delete the property "Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City” (UK) from the World Heritage List, due to the irreversible loss of attributes conveying the outstanding universal value of the property.
Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2004 and on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2012 following concerns about the proposed development of Liverpool ...
Freitag, 30.7.2021, 07:00
Freitag, 25.6.2021, 18:30
Following the first meeting held on 1 April 2021, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre organized an online technical meeting on 11 June to support the  process of drafting the Desired state of conservation for removal (DSCOR) of Leptis Magna from the List of World Heritage in Danger, and the needed corrective measures.
The online meeting brought together representatives of Libyan authorities, the site manager of the property, the Management Committee for the Implementation of the Strategy ...
Sonntag, 25.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee today inscribed Quanzhou: Emporium of the World in Song-Yuan China (China), Kakatiya Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple, Telangana (India), Trans-Iranian Railway (Iran), and Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro, a landscape of Arts and Sciences (Spain), on UNESCO's World Heritage List during its 44th session held online and chaired from Fuzhou (China).
China, Quanzhou: Emporium of the World in Song-Yuan ChinaThe serial site of Quanzhou ...
Donnerstag, 1.7.2021, 16:40
On 1-2 July 2021, the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) https://climate.copernicus.eu/ will host a workshop with key sectoral stakeholders to discuss climate challenges for Cultural and Natural Heritage, data needs and potential solutions offered by C3S. This workshop aims to:• To understand the climate change-related challenges of the Cultural and Natural Heritagecommunity• To identify specific needs for climate data, tools and services in order to meet these challenges• To present ...
Mittwoch, 2.6.2021, 18:00
The German Commission for UNESCO herewith invites UNESCO World Heritage sites and UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Africa to submit proposals for projects that help them to overcome an existing impairment caused by the COVID 19 pandemic. Up to 20,000 Euro financial support will be provided to selected projects.
By providing financial and technical support to UNESCO World Heritage sites and Biosphere Reserves in Africa, the German Commission for UNESCO aims at helping to maintain independent and ...
Freitag, 30.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee today inscribed the transnational property of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire – The Danube Limes (Western Segment) on UNESCO's World Heritage List. 
Frontiers of the Roman Empire – The Danube Limes (Western Segment) features components in Austria, Germany, and SlovakiaIt covers almost 600km of the whole Roman Empire's Danube frontier. The property formed part of the much large frontier of the Roman Empire that encircled the Mediterranean Sea. ...
Freitag, 2.7.2021
The 10th Anniversary of the 2011 UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL Recommendation) took place online through a launch event for the UNESCO HUL Call for Action and a global conference on the application of the HUL Recommendation to World Heritage cities. The online events, consisting of several meetings and workshops, took place between 16 and 24 June 2021, marking the beginning of the celebrations. The events gathered more than 86 speakers (including 9 Mayors/city ...
Dienstag, 8.6.2021, 07:00
World Oceans Day How Marine World Heritage builds resilience for people and nature
Spread across 37 nations from the tropics to the poles, the 50 UNESCO marine World Heritage sites are among the ocean's most productive waters. Their abundance of marine life is vital to sustain the livelihoods of indigenous communities, local businesses and artists alike.

This year's United Nations World Oceans Day highlights the critical importance of the ocean as a source of life ...
Dienstag, 29.6.2021, 00:02
On 21 June 2021, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC), the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and the École du Patrimoine Africain (EPA) brought together Ambassadors, site managers, and African heritage experts for the online launching of the project for the Capacity-building in risk management and protection systems in Africa.
"Most of the African properties do not have a ...
Donnerstag, 1.7.2021, 16:40
On 1-2 July 2021, the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) https://climate.copernicus.eu/ will host a workshop with key sectoral stakeholders to discuss climate challenges for Cultural and Natural Heritage, data needs and potential solutions offered by C3S. This workshop aims to:• To understand the climate change-related challenges of the Cultural and Natural Heritagecommunity• To identify specific needs for climate data, tools and services in order to meet these challenges• To present ...
Sonntag, 18.7.2021, 17:00
Press conference (online)on 18 July at 10:00 am CEST (UTC+2 Paris Time)
Participants
Tian XuejunChair of the Extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee, Vice Minister of Education and Chairperson of the National Commissionof the People's Republic of China for UNESCO
Ernesto Ottone R.UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture
Mechtild RösslerDirector of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre Moderator: Shahbaz Khan, Director,UNESCO Cluster Office in Beijing

The press ...
Mittwoch, 23.6.2021, 18:20
On 8 June 2021, UNESCO, the Ghana Museums and Monuments Boards (GMMB), and the Netherlands represented by the Dutch Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Ron Strikker, inaugurated the Ussher Fort Slave Museum and Documentary Centre in Accra, after two years of rehabilitation work.  Ussher Fort, formerly called Fort Crèvecœur, is one of 28 components of the serial World Heritage property Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions  inscribed on UNESCO's World ...
Montag, 31.5.2021, 17:00
UNESCO is now compensating for all greenhouse gas emissions caused by in-house and outsourced printing services at Headquarters (HQ). To make our print publications ‘carbon neutral', UNESCO has chosen to support the development of a small scale hydropower project near Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
While UNESCO is striving to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and overall environmental footprint, some emissions cannot be ...
Dienstag, 8.6.2021, 07:00
World Oceans Day How Marine World Heritage builds resilience for people and nature
Spread across 37 nations from the tropics to the poles, the 50 UNESCO marine World Heritage sites are among the ocean's most productive waters. Their abundance of marine life is vital to sustain the livelihoods of indigenous communities, local businesses and artists alike.

This year's United Nations World Oceans Day highlights the critical importance of the ocean as a source of life ...
Freitag, 16.7.2021, 07:00
The extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee is organized by UNESCO in cooperation with the Host Country, the People's Republic of China.
The session will be presided over from Fuzhou by His Excellency Mr Tian Xuejun, Vice Minister of Education and Chairperson of the National Commission of the People's Republic of China for UNESCO, Chairperson of the extended 44th session of World Heritage Committee.
Montag, 26.7.2021, 07:00
The World Heritage Committee today added seven sites to UNESCO's World Heritage List. Four of the sites have been inscribed for the natural attributed: Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, northern part of Okinawa Island, and Iriomote Island (Japan), Getbol, Korean Tidal Flats (Republic of Korea), Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (Thailand) and Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands (Georgia). Three were listed for their cultural properties, among them one transnational site: Arslantepe ...
Freitag, 25.6.2021, 18:30
Following the first meeting held on 1 April 2021, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre organized an online technical meeting on 11 June to support the  process of drafting the Desired state of conservation for removal (DSCOR) of Leptis Magna from the List of World Heritage in Danger, and the needed corrective measures.
The online meeting brought together representatives of Libyan authorities, the site manager of the property, the Management Committee for the Implementation of the Strategy ...
Montag, 17.5.2021, 16:59
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Geology explains the Roman Hell Gate, where animals died in a toxic mist
    (details)

  • As climate change accelerates rock damage, world’s oldest cave art is disappearing
    (details)

  • New study of fossil mouth microbacteria shows evolution of human diet
    (details)

  • Argument over Utah’s Bears Ears area hinges on the meaning of a monument
    (details)


Montag, 26.7.2021, 21:22
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Researchers discover ancient cuneiform inscription and image of Babylon’s last king
    (details)

  • Clues from the final meal of a 2,400-year-old bog body found in Denmark
    (details)

  • Remnants of an ancient Roman road found submerged in Venice lagoon
    (details)

  • Interdisciplinary team focuses on the archaeological history of climate changes
    (details)


Montag, 12.7.2021, 15:26
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Burials from Gabonese cave show unique pattern of tooth removal
    (details)

  • Paleolithic carved bone from Germany shows Neanderthal use of symbols
    (details)

  • Mississippi dig shows how victorious Chickasaws put Spanish loot to use
    (details)

  • New expedition seeks Shackleton’s sunken Antarctic expedition ship
    (details)


Montag, 21.6.2021, 16:24
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • German henge found to be both a residential space and ritual space for human sacrifices
    (details)

  • Researchers use Google Earth to identify large geoglyph in India
    (details)

  • Florida island shows evidence of a long-lost native settlement
    (details)

  • Sudanese pyramids face degradation as sand invades
    (details)


Montag, 31.5.2021, 15:40
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • History of Black Pharaohs unearthed in northern Sudan
    (details)

  • Evidence of tools used for creating ancient tattoos found in Tennessee
    (details)

  • Ongoing excavations around Tulsa search for victims of Greenwood riots
    (details)

  • Ancient food scraps add evidence to the evolution of Kosher dietary practices
    (details)


Montag, 3.5.2021, 16:33
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • LIDAR surveys provides new details about Maya civilizations in the northern Yucatán
    (details)

  • X-ray testing reveals Egyptian mummy was a pregnant woman
    (details)

  • Disruptions in Ancestral Puebloan societies attributed to the intersection of climate challenges with social tensions
    (details)

  • First settlers in Iceland built boat-shaped stone hearth in a volcanic cave
    (details)


Montag, 5.7.2021, 15:41
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Dendrochronology puts a date on a Bronze Age wooden pool in Italy
    (details)

  • Human waste traces show how Maya population varied due to climate swings
    (details)

  • Harvard University returns historic pipe tomahawk to Nebraska tribe
    (details)

  • Neolithic snake staff found in Finnish wetland site
    (details)


Montag, 19.4.2021, 15:50
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Biochemical studies of potsherds reveal oldest evidence of honey use in west Africa
    (details)

  • Sites in Senegal show the long duration of Middle Stone Age culture in West Africa
    (details)

  • Pacific Coast peoples diets consisted of more than salmon
    (details)

  • Scholars contradict recent claims of pre-Columbian cannibalism in the Caribbean
    (details)


Montag, 14.6.2021, 16:00
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Rare early coins found in Polish field
    (details)

  • New evidence shows prehistoric Amazonians protected the rainforest
    (details)

  • Native American tribe buys back ancestral home in Maine
    (details)

  • COVID-19 gives cover to increased looting of Italy’s antiquities
    (details)


Montag, 7.6.2021, 16:01
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Scotland’s Galloway Hoard unveils new mysteries of the Viking Age
    (details)

  • National Guard mobilized to protect Teotihuacan from illegal building
    (details)

  • Piecing together countless fragments of the past, then and now
    (details)

  • Roman graves in England held decapitated victims of harsh legal code
    (details)


Montag, 12.4.2021, 16:41
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Hieroglyphic texts reveal the sophistication of Aztec written language
    (details)

  • Multiple lines of evidence suggest early hominids were hypercarnivores
    (details)

  • Cave artists may have risked hypoxia while creating their art deep underground
    (details)

  • Study finds no evidence to support claims of deforestation at Cahokia
    (details)


Montag, 10.5.2021, 17:23
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • British shilling from 1600s found at colonial fort in Maryland
    (details)

  • Human activity during Holocene linked to extinction of multiple species
    (details)

  • New book on Holbein finds clue to portrait of a wife of Henry the Eighth
    (details)

  • Child’s grave in Kenya thought to be oldest burial in Africa
    (details)


Montag, 28.6.2021, 14:54
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Researchers identify remains of oldest known victim of shark attack
    (details)

  • DNA evidence reveals ancient Maya peoples tended to wild plant oases within city walls
    (details)

  • Pre-Neolithic grains may have fueled the elaborate constructions at Göbekli Tepe
    (details)


Montag, 19.7.2021, 16:24
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Lakota shirt returned after a century in German museums
    (details)

  • Tomb of Hellenistic poet-astronomer uncovered in southern Turkey
    (details)

  • New Easter Island research finds population increase, not collapse
    (details)

  • Ancient Greek feasting grounds found on island of Cyprus
    (details)


Montag, 2.8.2021, 16:48
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New finds in sunken Egyptian port of Heracleion
    (details)

  • Japanese lake sediments show that origins of agriculture depended on a stable climate
    (details)

  • Indigenous roots and modern technology combine in search for missing residential school children
    (details)

  • Fats, proteins, microbes: new techniques help identify the details of ancient cuisines
    (details)


Montag, 26.4.2021, 15:53
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Turkish archaeologists discover Roman-era gladiator arena
    (details)

  • Traces of cabin belonging to Harriet Tubman’s father uncovered at Maryland site
    (details)

  • New study shows how humans have sustainably shaped Earth’s ecology for millennia
    (details)

  • Famous “Little Foot” fossil gives greater insight into the divergence from apes in human evolutionary history
    (details)


Montag, 5.4.2021, 17:38
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Yemeni coins found in New England were pirated during the 1600s
    (details)

  • Impacts of climate change thought to have impacted spiritual beliefs
    (details)

  • Colorful marble décor intended for Constantine I found in Bulgaria
    (details)

  • Research shows birds were transported across the Andes for hundreds of years
    (details)


Montag, 24.5.2021, 16:43
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New machine learning method increases the efficiency and accuracy of sorting ancient pot sherds
    (details)

  • Fossil data demonstrate the devastating impact of European colonization on Guadeloupe’s reptile population
    (details)

  • Roman soldier under Vesuvius ash was possibly a rescuer
    (details)

  • Genetic material left behind in caves unlocks new discoveries about Europe’s Neanderthal populations
    (details)


Central Asia Trade
Montag, 26.7.2021, 21:22
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Researchers discover ancient cuneiform inscription and image of Babylon’s last king
    (details)

  • Clues from the final meal of a 2,400-year-old bog body found in Denmark
    (details)

  • Remnants of an ancient Roman road found submerged in Venice lagoon
    (details)

  • Interdisciplinary team focuses on the archaeological history of climate changes
    (details)


Montag, 10.5.2021, 17:23
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • British shilling from 1600s found at colonial fort in Maryland
    (details)

  • Human activity during Holocene linked to extinction of multiple species
    (details)

  • New book on Holbein finds clue to portrait of a wife of Henry the Eighth
    (details)

  • Child’s grave in Kenya thought to be oldest burial in Africa
    (details)


Montag, 19.4.2021, 15:50
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Biochemical studies of potsherds reveal oldest evidence of honey use in west Africa
    (details)

  • Sites in Senegal show the long duration of Middle Stone Age culture in West Africa
    (details)

  • Pacific Coast peoples diets consisted of more than salmon
    (details)

  • Scholars contradict recent claims of pre-Columbian cannibalism in the Caribbean
    (details)


Montag, 2.8.2021, 16:48
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New finds in sunken Egyptian port of Heracleion
    (details)

  • Japanese lake sediments show that origins of agriculture depended on a stable climate
    (details)

  • Indigenous roots and modern technology combine in search for missing residential school children
    (details)

  • Fats, proteins, microbes: new techniques help identify the details of ancient cuisines
    (details)


Montag, 28.6.2021, 14:54
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Researchers identify remains of oldest known victim of shark attack
    (details)

  • DNA evidence reveals ancient Maya peoples tended to wild plant oases within city walls
    (details)

  • Pre-Neolithic grains may have fueled the elaborate constructions at Göbekli Tepe
    (details)


Montag, 31.5.2021, 15:40
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • History of Black Pharaohs unearthed in northern Sudan
    (details)

  • Evidence of tools used for creating ancient tattoos found in Tennessee
    (details)

  • Ongoing excavations around Tulsa search for victims of Greenwood riots
    (details)

  • Ancient food scraps add evidence to the evolution of Kosher dietary practices
    (details)


Montag, 24.5.2021, 16:43
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New machine learning method increases the efficiency and accuracy of sorting ancient pot sherds
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  • Fossil data demonstrate the devastating impact of European colonization on Guadeloupe’s reptile population
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  • Roman soldier under Vesuvius ash was possibly a rescuer
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  • Genetic material left behind in caves unlocks new discoveries about Europe’s Neanderthal populations
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Montag, 19.7.2021, 16:24
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Lakota shirt returned after a century in German museums
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  • Tomb of Hellenistic poet-astronomer uncovered in southern Turkey
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  • New Easter Island research finds population increase, not collapse
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  • Ancient Greek feasting grounds found on island of Cyprus
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Montag, 7.6.2021, 16:01
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Scotland’s Galloway Hoard unveils new mysteries of the Viking Age
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  • National Guard mobilized to protect Teotihuacan from illegal building
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  • Piecing together countless fragments of the past, then and now
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  • Roman graves in England held decapitated victims of harsh legal code
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Montag, 12.7.2021, 15:26
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Burials from Gabonese cave show unique pattern of tooth removal
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  • Paleolithic carved bone from Germany shows Neanderthal use of symbols
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  • Mississippi dig shows how victorious Chickasaws put Spanish loot to use
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  • New expedition seeks Shackleton’s sunken Antarctic expedition ship
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Montag, 5.4.2021, 17:38
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Yemeni coins found in New England were pirated during the 1600s
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  • Impacts of climate change thought to have impacted spiritual beliefs
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  • Colorful marble décor intended for Constantine I found in Bulgaria
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  • Research shows birds were transported across the Andes for hundreds of years
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Montag, 17.5.2021, 16:59
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Geology explains the Roman Hell Gate, where animals died in a toxic mist
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  • As climate change accelerates rock damage, world’s oldest cave art is disappearing
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  • New study of fossil mouth microbacteria shows evolution of human diet
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  • Argument over Utah’s Bears Ears area hinges on the meaning of a monument
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Montag, 21.6.2021, 16:24
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • German henge found to be both a residential space and ritual space for human sacrifices
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  • Researchers use Google Earth to identify large geoglyph in India
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  • Florida island shows evidence of a long-lost native settlement
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  • Sudanese pyramids face degradation as sand invades
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Montag, 5.7.2021, 15:41
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Dendrochronology puts a date on a Bronze Age wooden pool in Italy
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  • Human waste traces show how Maya population varied due to climate swings
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  • Harvard University returns historic pipe tomahawk to Nebraska tribe
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  • Neolithic snake staff found in Finnish wetland site
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Montag, 14.6.2021, 16:00
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Rare early coins found in Polish field
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  • New evidence shows prehistoric Amazonians protected the rainforest
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  • Native American tribe buys back ancestral home in Maine
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  • COVID-19 gives cover to increased looting of Italy’s antiquities
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Montag, 26.4.2021, 15:53
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Turkish archaeologists discover Roman-era gladiator arena
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  • Traces of cabin belonging to Harriet Tubman’s father uncovered at Maryland site
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  • New study shows how humans have sustainably shaped Earth’s ecology for millennia
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  • Famous “Little Foot” fossil gives greater insight into the divergence from apes in human evolutionary history
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Montag, 12.4.2021, 16:41
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Hieroglyphic texts reveal the sophistication of Aztec written language
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  • Multiple lines of evidence suggest early hominids were hypercarnivores
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  • Cave artists may have risked hypoxia while creating their art deep underground
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  • Study finds no evidence to support claims of deforestation at Cahokia
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Montag, 3.5.2021, 16:33
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • LIDAR surveys provides new details about Maya civilizations in the northern Yucatán
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  • X-ray testing reveals Egyptian mummy was a pregnant woman
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  • Disruptions in Ancestral Puebloan societies attributed to the intersection of climate challenges with social tensions
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  • First settlers in Iceland built boat-shaped stone hearth in a volcanic cave
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