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Experts develop UNESCO tool for managing tourism

In an effort to improve tourism management at World Heritage sites, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre convened an expert meeting on the development of a new and innovative tool for tourism and visitor management.
Experts participating in the meeting hosted at the UNESCO HQ in Paris 15-16 January 2018 included representatives …read more

Source: World Heritage Center

Director of World Heritage Centre welcomes oil moratorium at Belize Barrier Reef

In a historic decision for marine conservation efforts, the Government of Belize has adopted a full oil moratorium for all Belize offshore waters, including the entire Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage site. The Belize reef system is the second largest reef system in the world, with approximately …read more

Source: World Heritage Center

Happy New Year 2018

Sweden provides additional support to UNESCO’s Cultural Conventions and freedom of expression

In addition to its generous annual contributions under the Programme Cooperation Agreement (2014-2017), the Government of Sweden decided in November 2017 to provide additional financial support to UNESCO in the amount of SEK 3,200,000 (around USD 400,000) to strengthen the protection of heritage, as well as to promote …read more

Source: World Heritage Center

‘Delhi Declaration on Heritage and Democracy’ adopted at closing session of ICOMOS 19th General Assembly

The ‘Delhi Declaration on Heritage and Democracy’ was adopted at the closing session of the ICOMOS 19th General Assembly in New Delhi, India, on 15th December 2017, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium-Auditorium in New Delhi, India. The Delhi Declaration emphasized the understanding that people’s perspective is central to heritage, and …read more

Source: World Heritage Center

Towards a World Heritage Policy Compendium – First Meeting of Experts takes place at UNESCO Headquarters

The first meeting of the World Heritage Policy Compendium Working Group took place at UNESCO Headquarters from 6 to 7 December 2017. The Policy Compendium initiative, which will see the development of a consolidated source of World Heritage policies for use by the World Heritage Committee, States Parties and other …read more

Source: World Heritage Center

Inter-Regional Workshop held in Pakistan: “World Heritage and Sustainable Development: The Role of Local Communities”

An inter-regional workshop entitled “World Heritage and Sustainable Development: the Role of Local Communities” was organized at the National Museum in Karachi, Pakistan (23-24 November 2017) by the World Heritage Centre in close co-operation with the UNESCO office in Islamabad and the Department of Archaeology of the Government of Sindh …read more

Source: World Heritage Center

UNESCO and UNWTO Sign Muscat Declaration on Tourism and Culture: Fostering Sustainable Development

Culture, in all of its wondrous expressions, inspires more than 1.2 billion tourists to pack a bag and cross international borders each year. It is an important means to promote inter-cultural dialogue, create employment opportunities, curb rural migration, and nurture a sense of pride among host communities. Yet unmanaged, …read more

Source: World Heritage Center

Mechtild Rössler, Director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, gives Opening Address at 19th ICOMOS General Assembly

The triennial meeting of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), taking place in New Delhi, India from 11-15 December 2017, began with the Scientific Council Meeting on 11 December in the India International Centre, New Delhi. The Opening Ceremony of the ICOMOS General Assembly was held on 12 …read more

Source: World Heritage Center

Message from Mechtild Rössler, Director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, for International Mountain Day

International Mountain Day, designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2003 and celebrated on 11 December, highlights the importance of mountains to life on Earth. The theme for 2017, “Mountains under Pressure: climate, hunger, migration”, draws our attention to some of the most critical challenges that mountains and people …read more

Source: World Heritage Center