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UNESCO - World Heritage
Montag, 8.6.2020, 07:00
This year's United Nations World Oceans Day – which is traditionally celebrated on 8 June – highlights the critical importance of innovation for a sustainable ocean. 
From drone wildlife tracking in Russia's Wrangel Island Reserve System to the use of artificial intelligence at Australia's Great Barrier Reef, UNESCO marine World Heritage sites are spearheading scientific innovation in ways that are rapidly transforming the future of ocean conservation.While UNESCO's ...
Freitag, 15.5.2020, 07:00
UNESCO welcomes the decision taken by Mr. Abbas Mortada, Minister of Culture of Lebanon, to halt the construction project at the Archaeological Site of Nahr El-Kalb. 
Since 2019, the Archaeological Site of Nahr el-Kalb has been on Lebanon's Tentative List for potential future World Heritage nomination, and since 2005 on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register. It consists of several commemorative stelae that bear witness to significant historical events and reflect the entire ...
Dienstag, 2.6.2020, 07:00
Monitoring World Heritage site closures

Introduction to the global map on the closure of World Heritage sites due to Covid-19 and analysis.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many governments have taken measures to restrict movements of people and access to certain areas.
This includes the closure of natural and cultural World Heritage sites in the 167 countries they are located in. Please consider the following when reviewing the map:

The World Heritage Convention has been ratified ...
Mittwoch, 20.5.2020, 23:55
As nearly half of the global population went into lockdown in recent months, rare wildlife sightings emerged in the most unexpected places. CO2 emissions dropped by 8% since the start of the year, the largest decrease ever recorded.  Nature seemed to finally take a breath from the relentless human pressures that have been the primary reason for biodiversity reduction and habitat loss for at least a century.
Yet, the first online meeting with the local guardians of UNESCO's 50 ...
Freitag, 5.6.2020, 07:00
On 2 June 2020, UNESCO successfully launched its first online international Expert Workshop on the Culture|2030 Indicators, with an opening speech by Mr Ernesto Ottone R., UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture and Ms Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).
The Culture|2030 Indicators were developed in collaboration with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) as well as a number of international organizations and experts. As a framework of ...
Dienstag, 23.6.2020, 07:00
As countries around the world grapple with COVID-19, the global pandemic also threatens our close evolutionary ‘cousins' and one of the world's most iconic threatened species - the mountain gorilla. 
UNESCO's Rapid Response Facility (RRF) has provided critical emergency support to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, to safeguard one of the world's last remaining mountain gorilla populations from this potentially existential threat.Worldwide, mountain gorillas ...
Mittwoch, 24.6.2020, 21:30
The Lopé National Park in Gabon is a site inscribed on the World Heritage List since 2007 under the name "Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda".
It is described as mixed (nature/culture) because of its remarkable forest-savanna landscapes and its many vestiges of past cultures. Initial research in the 1980s led to the discovery of carved stone tools, revealing very ancient human presence estimated at nearly 400,000 years according to geomorphological ...
Freitag, 5.6.2020, 07:00
UNESCO has welcomed the announcement by Bernard Looney, CEO of bp, that the energy giant will refrain from undertaking new oil and gas exploration or production activities within natural, cultural or mixed UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The company has furthermore agreed to consult with UNESCO in case they consider such projects in buffer zones or other areas adjacent to World Heritage sites. bp has also committed to avoid associated activities that could impact the value or ...
Donnerstag, 4.6.2020, 07:00
UNESCO expresses its deep concern over cyclone 'Amphan', which recently hit Bangladesh and eastern India, and wishes to express its deepest sympathy for the loss of human life and the material damage caused by this disaster, in solidarity with the people affected.
On 20 May 2020, cyclone Amphan made landfall across the West Bengal-Bangladesh coast, which includes two World Heritage properties: "Sundarbans National Park” (India) and "The Sundarbans” (Bangladesh), ...
Donnerstag, 1.10.2020, 07:00
The International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a non-governmental organization, is an advisory body to the World Heritage Convention.
Dates: 1-10 October 2020
Venue: International Convention Centre (ICC Sydney) right in the heart of Sydney
Audience: Expected 1,500 professionals from across the globe representing heritage, archaeology, historians, urban planning, architects and academia just to name a few, providing unrivalled access to high-calibre specialist ...
Samstag, 25.4.2020, 07:00
The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Azoulay, strongly condemned the killing of 13 employees of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN), and of four civilians on 24 April 2020 in the vicinity of Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage property in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 
"In a global context already weakened by a health crisis linked to COVID-19, the staff of Virunga National Park are unfortunately still paying a heavy price for the protection ...
Freitag, 5.6.2020, 07:00
June 5th is World Environment Day.
The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. These are exceptional times, and to care for ourselves we must care for nature. A few projects:
Central Africa World Heritage Forest Initiative The conservation, sustainable exploitation and management of forest sites in Central Africa, and in particular in Cameroon, Congo, Gabon and the Central African Republic, have ...
Samstag, 6.6.2020, 07:00
UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Culture, Mr. Ernesto Ottone R., joined the Buganda Kingdom and local communities in mourning the serious destruction of one of the sacred houses (Abalongo) at the Tombs of Buganda Kings of Kasubi, following a devastating fire which took place on 5 June, in Uganda, a property inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000.
"We are in contact with the authorities, at the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, who currently carrying out ...
Freitag, 15.5.2020, 07:00
UNESCO welcomes the decision taken by Mr. Abbas Mortada, Minister of Culture of Lebanon, to halt the construction project at the Archaeological Site of Nahr El-Kalb. 
Since 2019, the Archaeological Site of Nahr el-Kalb has been on Lebanon's Tentative List for potential future World Heritage nomination, and since 2005 on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register. It consists of several commemorative stelae that bear witness to significant historical events and reflect the entire ...
Freitag, 26.6.2020, 23:00
The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Azoulay, expressed her sorrow and deep concern over the new armed attack, perpetrated in the morning of Wednesday 24 June 2020, against guards of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN), inside the Virunga National Park, a property inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After the terrible killing of four civilians and 13 staff members of Virunga National Park on 24 April, this latest ...
Montag, 8.6.2020, 07:00
This year's United Nations World Oceans Day – which is traditionally celebrated on 8 June – highlights the critical importance of innovation for a sustainable ocean. 
From drone wildlife tracking in Russia's Wrangel Island Reserve System to the use of artificial intelligence at Australia's Great Barrier Reef, UNESCO marine World Heritage sites are spearheading scientific innovation in ways that are rapidly transforming the future of ocean conservation.
While ...
Freitag, 5.6.2020, 07:00
June 5th is World Environment Day.
The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. These are exceptional times, and to care for ourselves we must care for nature. A few projects:
Central Africa World Heritage Forest Initiative The conservation, sustainable exploitation and management of forest sites in Central Africa, and in particular in Cameroon, Congo, Gabon and the Central African Republic, have ...
Donnerstag, 14.5.2020, 07:00
On April 24, a tragic attack from armed militia groups caused the death of four civilians and thirteen staff members of the Virunga National Park, a natural World Heritage site in the Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC).
In order to ensure the continuity of conservation actions, the Rapid Response Facility (RRF), an emergency fund established by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has responded swiftly to provide emergency funding to Virunga ...
Mittwoch, 20.5.2020, 23:55
As nearly half of the global population went into lockdown in recent months, rare wildlife sightings emerged in the most unexpected places. CO2 emissions dropped by 8% since the start of the year, the largest decrease ever recorded.  Nature seemed to finally take a breath from the relentless human pressures that have been the primary reason for biodiversity reduction and habitat loss for at least a century.
Yet, the first online meeting with the local guardians of UNESCO's 50 ...
Freitag, 8.5.2020, 07:00
On 9 May 2020, people around the world will celebrate World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) – a global campaign dedicated to raising awareness of migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. 
This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us must stay at home. But we can reach for our binoculars to celebrate the theme of World Migratory Bird Day "Birds Connect Our World”, chosen to highlight the importance of conserving the integrity of ...
Freitag, 22.5.2020, 07:00
The theme of the 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity is "Our Solutions are in Nature”.

The year 2020 was defined as a 'biodiversity super year', but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, major events dedicated to Biodiversity protection have been postponed to a later date. The current pandemic has shaken the international biodiversity agenda but has also revealed our total interdependence with the living world, and our global interconnectedness.Our shared destiny as ...
Dienstag, 7.7.2020, 07:00
 An international team of researchers is conducting interviews with pioneers of World Heritage to capture memories of important moments in the history of the World Heritage Convention.
Launched in 2006 under the leadership of the Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage at the University of Montreal, and developed in collaboration with UNESCO Archives, this initiative is part of the UNESCO History project that celebrated the 60th anniversary of the creation of UNESCO. The Oral ...
Freitag, 5.6.2020, 07:00
UNESCO has welcomed the announcement by Bernard Looney, CEO of bp, that the energy giant will refrain from undertaking new oil and gas exploration or production activities within natural, cultural or mixed UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The company has furthermore agreed to consult with UNESCO in case they consider such projects in buffer zones or other areas adjacent to World Heritage sites. bp has also committed to avoid associated activities that could impact the value or ...
Freitag, 22.5.2020, 07:00
Site managers report on Covid-19

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

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Uganda)

Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties ...
Dienstag, 2.6.2020, 07:00
Monitoring World Heritage site closures

Introduction to the global map on the closure of World Heritage sites due to Covid-19 and analysis.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many governments have taken measures to restrict movements of people and access to certain areas.
This includes the closure of natural and cultural World Heritage sites in the 167 countries they are located in. Please consider the following when reviewing the map:

The World Heritage Convention has been ratified ...
Mittwoch, 6.5.2020, 07:00
On 6 May 2020, Dr Mechtild Rössler, Director of the World Heritage Centre, is launching the UNESCO publication Empowering Youth for Heritage. Dedicated to the World Heritage Volunteers Initiative (WHV), it kick-starts a series of Webinars to support and build the capacities of the WHV-implementing organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This publication provides a retrospective of the first 10 years of the World Heritage Volunteers Initiative, to increase its visibility and ...
Samstag, 6.6.2020, 07:00
UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Culture, Mr. Ernesto Ottone R., joined the Buganda Kingdom and local communities in mourning the serious destruction of one of the sacred houses (Abalongo) at the Tombs of Buganda Kings of Kasubi, following a devastating fire which took place on 5 June, in Uganda, a property inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000.
"We are in contact with the authorities, at the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, who currently carrying out ...
Montag, 4.5.2020, 07:00
African World Heritage Day
May 5th 2020

Youth, Entrepreneurship and Heritage Sustainability in Africa
Due to COVID-19, 90% of World Heritage sites around the globe are closed or partially closed, and many of them are in Africa.
As African World Heritage sites cope with the current situation, they are also looking ahead to the post-Covid time and planning for the short and long-term. The 2020 edition of African World Heritage Day will celebrate the theme "Youth, ...
Mittwoch, 20.5.2020, 07:00
Children's Artwork on World Heritage Sites
Thank You

Children's Artwork on World Heritage Sites

The artwork displayed below was posted in response to a global call for the Little Artists Exhibition inviting children around the world to draw a UNESCO World Heritage site that matters to them. This could be a site in their community, a memory from a family vacation, or a place they saw in a book, movie or TV show. 
Participants are between 6 and 12 years old, ...
Freitag, 22.5.2020, 07:00
Site managers report on Covid-19

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

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Uganda)

Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties ...
Donnerstag, 14.5.2020, 07:00
On April 24, a tragic attack from armed militia groups caused the death of four civilians and thirteen staff members of the Virunga National Park, a natural World Heritage site in the Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC).
In order to ensure the continuity of conservation actions, the Rapid Response Facility (RRF), an emergency fund established by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has responded swiftly to provide emergency funding to Virunga ...
Freitag, 22.5.2020, 07:00
The theme of the 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity is "Our Solutions are in Nature”.

The year 2020 was defined as a 'biodiversity super year', but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, major events dedicated to Biodiversity protection have been postponed to a later date. The current pandemic has shaken the international biodiversity agenda but has also revealed our total interdependence with the living world, and our global interconnectedness.Our shared destiny as ...
Dienstag, 7.7.2020, 00:30
From 17 to 26 June 2020, UNESCO successfully organised its first World Heritage City Lab, an online innovation laboratory for analysis, assessment, learning, and development of strategies for the protection and management of World Heritage properties in the urban context.
Carried out in collaboration with the Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Convention— the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the ...
Donnerstag, 4.6.2020, 07:00
UNESCO expresses its deep concern over cyclone 'Amphan', which recently hit Bangladesh and eastern India, and wishes to express its deepest sympathy for the loss of human life and the material damage caused by this disaster, in solidarity with the people affected.
On 20 May 2020, cyclone Amphan made landfall across the West Bengal-Bangladesh coast, which includes two World Heritage properties: "Sundarbans National Park” (India) and "The Sundarbans” (Bangladesh), ...
Donnerstag, 7.5.2020, 07:00
The World Heritage Centre would like to express its sadness at the death of Dr. Guy Suzon Ramangason, former Director General of Madagascar National Parks, who passed away on 30th April 2020.  Guy Suzon made an important contribution to biodiversity conservation in Madagascar and beyond. 
After an international career at IUCN and WWF, Guy Suzon took the reins of Madagascar National Parks, where he was CEO from 2003 to last year, when he retired. He was the backbone of the ...
Freitag, 5.6.2020, 07:00
On 2 June 2020, UNESCO successfully launched its first online international Expert Workshop on the Culture|2030 Indicators, with an opening speech by Mr Ernesto Ottone R., UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture and Ms Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).
The Culture|2030 Indicators were developed in collaboration with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) as well as a number of international organizations and experts. As a framework of ...
Freitag, 3.7.2020, 01:30
The Director of the World Heritage Centre held a bilateral meeting, on 1 July, with the Ambassador Permanent Delegate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to UNESCO in order coordinate the joint actions that could be taken concerning the state of conservation of the property Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas within the framework of cooperation between UNESCO and the State Party. 
During the meeting, UNESCO was informed with regard to the the important actions developed by the State ...
Mittwoch, 20.5.2020, 07:00
Children's Artwork on World Heritage Sites
Thank You

Children's Artwork on World Heritage Sites

The artwork displayed below was posted in response to a global call for the Little Artists Exhibition inviting children around the world to draw a UNESCO World Heritage site that matters to them. This could be a site in their community, a memory from a family vacation, or a place they saw in a book, movie or TV show. 
Participants are between 6 and 12 years old, ...
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Montag, 1.6.2020, 18:07
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Virtual platform brings Jewish heritage sites to life
    (details)

  • Genetic study of skeletons reveals Lebanon’s long continuity
    (details)

  • Mining company destroys sacred aboriginal site 46,000 years old
    (details)

  • Dental tartar shows what people ate in Japan’s Edo period
    (details)


Dienstag, 26.5.2020, 16:09
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • 3D Footprints in Tanzania suggest gendered group activities
    (details)

  • Competition with modern humans may have been the cause of Neanderthal extinction, new research suggests
    (details)

  • Cadaver dogs may become archaeologists’ newest noninvasive tool
    (details)

  • Bone arrowpoint in southern Africa gives early date for advanced human cognition
    (details)


Montag, 29.6.2020, 16:23
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New C14 dates show wooden church statue is Europe’s oldest
    (details)

  • Stone Age harpoons discovered in Norway
    (details)

  • Viking outpost in Iceland resets settlement date
    (details)

  • Volunteers excavate Hindu temple amid pandemic
    (details)


Montag, 18.5.2020, 17:07
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Corn kernels mark rise of Cahokia metropolis
    (details)

  • Evolution and spread of rice in Asia triggered by global cooling
    (details)

  • How ancient African societies coped with epidemics
    (details)

  • Archaeologists date when a successful desert farming society collapsed
    (details)


Montag, 9.3.2020, 16:45
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • 3D imaging of Roman graffiti receives award
    (details)

  • Biggest ivory workshop in antiquity found in Pakistan
    (details)

  • Surplus of bear bones found at Mississippi dig site
    (details)

  • New tech helps pinpoint the dawn of horse domestication
    (details)


Montag, 4.5.2020, 16:33
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New series of direct dates on contact period sites upends assumptions about Iroquois history
    (details)

  • Bones from Çatalhöyük show practice of household burials, differences in women’s lifestyle
    (details)

  • Bulgarian grave mound turns up unique objects from Roman empire
    (details)

  • The first Africans in Mexico City reveal insights into infectious diseases
    (details)


Montag, 6.4.2020, 17:27
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Watercourts kept fish from spoiling for Calusa in southern Florida
    (details)

  • Arkalochori Cave leads to more uncovered history about Minoan society
    (details)

  • Roman Emperor Caligula built floating palaces
    (details)

  • Mesopotamian war god's ritual site uncovered in Iraq
    (details)


Montag, 15.6.2020, 17:05
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Oldest shell midden in China discovered
    (details)

  • Hominins may have eaten like tapirs
    (details)

  • Ancient nut and tuber residue found in Papua New Guinea
    (details)

Montag, 23.3.2020, 16:47
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Mammoth bone circle may be ice age Russian house
    (details)

  • New book debunks claim that Ponce de Leon was first European to see Florida
    (details)

  • Indonesian stone carvings are oldest stand-alone Ice Age art from southeast Asia
    (details)

  • New stupa find in Bangladesh is unusual pyramid shape and size
    (details)


Sonntag, 7.6.2020, 10:06
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Montag, 27.4.2020, 18:02
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Ottoman merchant ship carried a surprisingly abundant cargo
    (details)

  • New study: Salish Sea basin was very densely populated and had very ancient culture
    (details)

  • Rising seas drove Scandinavian hunter-gatherers toward marine resources
    (details)

  • Culturally distinct cuisines among ancient Baltic hunter-gatherers
    (details)


Montag, 30.3.2020, 17:14
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Obsidian points used in Ohio rituals
    (details)

  • Plants were staple foods in the Ice Age
    (details)

  • Signs of world's earliest epidemic found in Chin
    (details)

  • Mesoamerican ball game spread earlier than previously thought
    (details)


Montag, 22.6.2020, 17:18
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Research continues on Maya ruins at Uxmal
    (details)

  • Sri Lanka reveals 48,000 year old arrowheads
    (details)

  • Underwater bones raise questions about doomed French expedition
    (details)

  • New analysis of remains from Newgrange indicates incest
    (details)


Montag, 20.4.2020, 17:25
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Melting ice in Norwegian pass reveals artifacts tracing trade and upland farming
    (details)

  • Molecular analysis shows history of milk and meat diet of east African cattle-herders
    (details)

  • Iron Age British rabbits and chickens were pets, not food, and sacred to the gods
    (details)

  • Sites in Alaska show heavy traffic, hunting and occupation in extreme weather
    (details)


Montag, 8.6.2020, 16:25
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Bone isotope studies trace how maize became the cornerstone of Mesoamerican diets
    (details)

  • New DNA studies show multiple Caribbean migrations, followed by local culture change
    (details)

  • Sea otter studies help explain the past and guide the present
    (details)

  • Ancient death in Turkey illuminates the turbulence of early social change
    (details)


Montag, 13.4.2020, 16:43
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Oldest string ever found shows new evidence of Neanderthal brain power
    (details)

  • Mexican site shows how Mesoamerican copper smelting was adapted to new Spanish needs
    (details)

  • German Bronze Age site shows increasing similarities to Stonehenge
    (details)

  • London finds from 3000 years ago suggest long use for settlement and rituals
    (details)


Montag, 11.5.2020, 16:39
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Cahokia city causeway shows link between the living, the dead, and the Milky Way
    (details)

  • Early immigrants into the Indonesian islands switched from fish diet to giant rat
    (details)

  • High-energy X-rays help study and conserve metal artifacts from Renaissance-era ship
    (details)

  • Archaeological evidence puts pandemic effects into historical perspective
    (details)


Montag, 16.3.2020, 16:30
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Protecting and preserving ancient sites at risk from sea-level rise In Florida
    (details)

  • Olives first domesticated 7,000 years ago in Israel, study says
    (details)

  • Eggshell beads made by hunter-gatherers 33,000 years ago used as a social network
    (details)

  • Ancient art found in Basque country changes understanding of prehistoric society
    (details)


Montag, 6.7.2020, 16:53
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Korea Legoland theme park plows through priceless prehistoric site
    (details)

  • Volcano in Alaska helped push Roman Republic to the tipping point
    (details)

  • Bad water in Maya city of Tikal came partly from dangerous paint
    (details)

  • Old spy photos and new satellite technology find 14,000 new sites in northeastern Syria
    (details)


Freitag, 5.6.2020, 07:00
June 5th is World Environment Day.
The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. These are exceptional times, and to care for ourselves we must care for nature. A few projects:
Central Africa World Heritage Forest Initiative The conservation, sustainable exploitation and management of forest sites in Central Africa, and in particular in Cameroon, Congo, Gabon and the Central African Republic, have ...
Freitag, 22.5.2020, 07:00
The theme of the 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity is "Our Solutions are in Nature”.

The year 2020 was defined as a 'biodiversity super year', but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, major events dedicated to Biodiversity protection have been postponed to a later date. The current pandemic has shaken the international biodiversity agenda but has also revealed our total interdependence with the living world, and our global interconnectedness.Our shared destiny as ...
Freitag, 5.6.2020, 07:00
On 2 June 2020, UNESCO successfully launched its first online international Expert Workshop on the Culture|2030 Indicators, with an opening speech by Mr Ernesto Ottone R., UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture and Ms Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).
The Culture|2030 Indicators were developed in collaboration with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) as well as a number of international organizations and experts. As a framework of ...
Freitag, 26.6.2020, 23:00
The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Azoulay, expressed her sorrow and deep concern over the new armed attack, perpetrated in the morning of Wednesday 24 June 2020, against guards of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN), inside the Virunga National Park, a property inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After the terrible killing of four civilians and 13 staff members of Virunga National Park on 24 April, this latest ...
Dienstag, 2.6.2020, 07:00
Monitoring World Heritage site closures

Introduction to the global map on the closure of World Heritage sites due to Covid-19 and analysis.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many governments have taken measures to restrict movements of people and access to certain areas.
This includes the closure of natural and cultural World Heritage sites in the 167 countries they are located in. Please consider the following when reviewing the map:

The World Heritage Convention has been ratified ...
Mittwoch, 20.5.2020, 07:00
Children's Artwork on World Heritage Sites
Thank You

Children's Artwork on World Heritage Sites

The artwork displayed below was posted in response to a global call for the Little Artists Exhibition inviting children around the world to draw a UNESCO World Heritage site that matters to them. This could be a site in their community, a memory from a family vacation, or a place they saw in a book, movie or TV show. 
Participants are between 6 and 12 years old, ...
Dienstag, 7.7.2020, 07:00
 An international team of researchers is conducting interviews with pioneers of World Heritage to capture memories of important moments in the history of the World Heritage Convention.
Launched in 2006 under the leadership of the Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage at the University of Montreal, and developed in collaboration with UNESCO Archives, this initiative is part of the UNESCO History project that celebrated the 60th anniversary of the creation of UNESCO. The Oral ...
Donnerstag, 4.6.2020, 07:00
UNESCO expresses its deep concern over cyclone 'Amphan', which recently hit Bangladesh and eastern India, and wishes to express its deepest sympathy for the loss of human life and the material damage caused by this disaster, in solidarity with the people affected.
On 20 May 2020, cyclone Amphan made landfall across the West Bengal-Bangladesh coast, which includes two World Heritage properties: "Sundarbans National Park” (India) and "The Sundarbans” (Bangladesh), ...
Freitag, 22.5.2020, 07:00
Site managers report on Covid-19

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

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Uganda)

Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties ...
Donnerstag, 14.5.2020, 07:00
On April 24, a tragic attack from armed militia groups caused the death of four civilians and thirteen staff members of the Virunga National Park, a natural World Heritage site in the Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC).
In order to ensure the continuity of conservation actions, the Rapid Response Facility (RRF), an emergency fund established by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has responded swiftly to provide emergency funding to Virunga ...
Freitag, 22.5.2020, 07:00
Site managers report on Covid-19

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

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Uganda)

Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties ...
Samstag, 25.4.2020, 07:00
The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Azoulay, strongly condemned the killing of 13 employees of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN), and of four civilians on 24 April 2020 in the vicinity of Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage property in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 
"In a global context already weakened by a health crisis linked to COVID-19, the staff of Virunga National Park are unfortunately still paying a heavy price for the protection ...
Freitag, 22.5.2020, 07:00
The theme of the 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity is "Our Solutions are in Nature”.

The year 2020 was defined as a 'biodiversity super year', but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, major events dedicated to Biodiversity protection have been postponed to a later date. The current pandemic has shaken the international biodiversity agenda but has also revealed our total interdependence with the living world, and our global interconnectedness.Our shared destiny as ...
Dienstag, 7.7.2020, 00:30
From 17 to 26 June 2020, UNESCO successfully organised its first World Heritage City Lab, an online innovation laboratory for analysis, assessment, learning, and development of strategies for the protection and management of World Heritage properties in the urban context.
Carried out in collaboration with the Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Convention— the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the ...
Donnerstag, 4.6.2020, 07:00
UNESCO expresses its deep concern over cyclone 'Amphan', which recently hit Bangladesh and eastern India, and wishes to express its deepest sympathy for the loss of human life and the material damage caused by this disaster, in solidarity with the people affected.
On 20 May 2020, cyclone Amphan made landfall across the West Bengal-Bangladesh coast, which includes two World Heritage properties: "Sundarbans National Park” (India) and "The Sundarbans” (Bangladesh), ...
Samstag, 6.6.2020, 07:00
UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Culture, Mr. Ernesto Ottone R., joined the Buganda Kingdom and local communities in mourning the serious destruction of one of the sacred houses (Abalongo) at the Tombs of Buganda Kings of Kasubi, following a devastating fire which took place on 5 June, in Uganda, a property inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000.
"We are in contact with the authorities, at the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, who currently carrying out ...
Donnerstag, 7.5.2020, 07:00
The World Heritage Centre would like to express its sadness at the death of Dr. Guy Suzon Ramangason, former Director General of Madagascar National Parks, who passed away on 30th April 2020.  Guy Suzon made an important contribution to biodiversity conservation in Madagascar and beyond. 
After an international career at IUCN and WWF, Guy Suzon took the reins of Madagascar National Parks, where he was CEO from 2003 to last year, when he retired. He was the backbone of the ...
Mittwoch, 20.5.2020, 07:00
Children's Artwork on World Heritage Sites
Thank You

Children's Artwork on World Heritage Sites

The artwork displayed below was posted in response to a global call for the Little Artists Exhibition inviting children around the world to draw a UNESCO World Heritage site that matters to them. This could be a site in their community, a memory from a family vacation, or a place they saw in a book, movie or TV show. 
Participants are between 6 and 12 years old, ...
Mittwoch, 20.5.2020, 23:55
As nearly half of the global population went into lockdown in recent months, rare wildlife sightings emerged in the most unexpected places. CO2 emissions dropped by 8% since the start of the year, the largest decrease ever recorded.  Nature seemed to finally take a breath from the relentless human pressures that have been the primary reason for biodiversity reduction and habitat loss for at least a century.
Yet, the first online meeting with the local guardians of UNESCO's 50 ...
Freitag, 5.6.2020, 07:00
UNESCO has welcomed the announcement by Bernard Looney, CEO of bp, that the energy giant will refrain from undertaking new oil and gas exploration or production activities within natural, cultural or mixed UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The company has furthermore agreed to consult with UNESCO in case they consider such projects in buffer zones or other areas adjacent to World Heritage sites. bp has also committed to avoid associated activities that could impact the value or ...
Mittwoch, 24.6.2020, 21:30
The Lopé National Park in Gabon is a site inscribed on the World Heritage List since 2007 under the name "Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda".
It is described as mixed (nature/culture) because of its remarkable forest-savanna landscapes and its many vestiges of past cultures. Initial research in the 1980s led to the discovery of carved stone tools, revealing very ancient human presence estimated at nearly 400,000 years according to geomorphological ...
Donnerstag, 14.5.2020, 07:00
On April 24, a tragic attack from armed militia groups caused the death of four civilians and thirteen staff members of the Virunga National Park, a natural World Heritage site in the Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC).
In order to ensure the continuity of conservation actions, the Rapid Response Facility (RRF), an emergency fund established by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has responded swiftly to provide emergency funding to Virunga ...
Freitag, 3.7.2020, 01:30
The Director of the World Heritage Centre held a bilateral meeting, on 1 July, with the Ambassador Permanent Delegate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to UNESCO in order coordinate the joint actions that could be taken concerning the state of conservation of the property Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas within the framework of cooperation between UNESCO and the State Party. 
During the meeting, UNESCO was informed with regard to the the important actions developed by the State ...
Freitag, 5.6.2020, 07:00
UNESCO has welcomed the announcement by Bernard Looney, CEO of bp, that the energy giant will refrain from undertaking new oil and gas exploration or production activities within natural, cultural or mixed UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The company has furthermore agreed to consult with UNESCO in case they consider such projects in buffer zones or other areas adjacent to World Heritage sites. bp has also committed to avoid associated activities that could impact the value or ...
Montag, 4.5.2020, 07:00
African World Heritage Day
May 5th 2020

Youth, Entrepreneurship and Heritage Sustainability in Africa
Due to COVID-19, 90% of World Heritage sites around the globe are closed or partially closed, and many of them are in Africa.
As African World Heritage sites cope with the current situation, they are also looking ahead to the post-Covid time and planning for the short and long-term. The 2020 edition of African World Heritage Day will celebrate the theme "Youth, ...
Freitag, 5.6.2020, 07:00
On 2 June 2020, UNESCO successfully launched its first online international Expert Workshop on the Culture|2030 Indicators, with an opening speech by Mr Ernesto Ottone R., UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture and Ms Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).
The Culture|2030 Indicators were developed in collaboration with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) as well as a number of international organizations and experts. As a framework of ...
Donnerstag, 1.10.2020, 07:00
The International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a non-governmental organization, is an advisory body to the World Heritage Convention.
Dates: 1-10 October 2020
Venue: International Convention Centre (ICC Sydney) right in the heart of Sydney
Audience: Expected 1,500 professionals from across the globe representing heritage, archaeology, historians, urban planning, architects and academia just to name a few, providing unrivalled access to high-calibre specialist ...
Samstag, 6.6.2020, 07:00
UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Culture, Mr. Ernesto Ottone R., joined the Buganda Kingdom and local communities in mourning the serious destruction of one of the sacred houses (Abalongo) at the Tombs of Buganda Kings of Kasubi, following a devastating fire which took place on 5 June, in Uganda, a property inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000.
"We are in contact with the authorities, at the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, who currently carrying out ...
Dienstag, 2.6.2020, 07:00
Monitoring World Heritage site closures

Introduction to the global map on the closure of World Heritage sites due to Covid-19 and analysis.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many governments have taken measures to restrict movements of people and access to certain areas.
This includes the closure of natural and cultural World Heritage sites in the 167 countries they are located in. Please consider the following when reviewing the map:

The World Heritage Convention has been ratified ...
Montag, 8.6.2020, 07:00
This year's United Nations World Oceans Day – which is traditionally celebrated on 8 June – highlights the critical importance of innovation for a sustainable ocean. 
From drone wildlife tracking in Russia's Wrangel Island Reserve System to the use of artificial intelligence at Australia's Great Barrier Reef, UNESCO marine World Heritage sites are spearheading scientific innovation in ways that are rapidly transforming the future of ocean conservation.While UNESCO's ...
Freitag, 15.5.2020, 07:00
UNESCO welcomes the decision taken by Mr. Abbas Mortada, Minister of Culture of Lebanon, to halt the construction project at the Archaeological Site of Nahr El-Kalb. 
Since 2019, the Archaeological Site of Nahr el-Kalb has been on Lebanon's Tentative List for potential future World Heritage nomination, and since 2005 on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register. It consists of several commemorative stelae that bear witness to significant historical events and reflect the entire ...
Freitag, 15.5.2020, 07:00
UNESCO welcomes the decision taken by Mr. Abbas Mortada, Minister of Culture of Lebanon, to halt the construction project at the Archaeological Site of Nahr El-Kalb. 
Since 2019, the Archaeological Site of Nahr el-Kalb has been on Lebanon's Tentative List for potential future World Heritage nomination, and since 2005 on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register. It consists of several commemorative stelae that bear witness to significant historical events and reflect the entire ...
Freitag, 5.6.2020, 07:00
June 5th is World Environment Day.
The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. These are exceptional times, and to care for ourselves we must care for nature. A few projects:
Central Africa World Heritage Forest Initiative The conservation, sustainable exploitation and management of forest sites in Central Africa, and in particular in Cameroon, Congo, Gabon and the Central African Republic, have ...
Mittwoch, 20.5.2020, 23:55
As nearly half of the global population went into lockdown in recent months, rare wildlife sightings emerged in the most unexpected places. CO2 emissions dropped by 8% since the start of the year, the largest decrease ever recorded.  Nature seemed to finally take a breath from the relentless human pressures that have been the primary reason for biodiversity reduction and habitat loss for at least a century.
Yet, the first online meeting with the local guardians of UNESCO's 50 ...
Mittwoch, 6.5.2020, 07:00
On 6 May 2020, Dr Mechtild Rössler, Director of the World Heritage Centre, is launching the UNESCO publication Empowering Youth for Heritage. Dedicated to the World Heritage Volunteers Initiative (WHV), it kick-starts a series of Webinars to support and build the capacities of the WHV-implementing organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This publication provides a retrospective of the first 10 years of the World Heritage Volunteers Initiative, to increase its visibility and ...
Montag, 8.6.2020, 07:00
This year's United Nations World Oceans Day – which is traditionally celebrated on 8 June – highlights the critical importance of innovation for a sustainable ocean. 
From drone wildlife tracking in Russia's Wrangel Island Reserve System to the use of artificial intelligence at Australia's Great Barrier Reef, UNESCO marine World Heritage sites are spearheading scientific innovation in ways that are rapidly transforming the future of ocean conservation.
While ...
Dienstag, 23.6.2020, 07:00
As countries around the world grapple with COVID-19, the global pandemic also threatens our close evolutionary ‘cousins' and one of the world's most iconic threatened species - the mountain gorilla. 
UNESCO's Rapid Response Facility (RRF) has provided critical emergency support to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, to safeguard one of the world's last remaining mountain gorilla populations from this potentially existential threat.Worldwide, mountain gorillas ...
Freitag, 8.5.2020, 07:00
On 9 May 2020, people around the world will celebrate World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) – a global campaign dedicated to raising awareness of migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. 
This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us must stay at home. But we can reach for our binoculars to celebrate the theme of World Migratory Bird Day "Birds Connect Our World”, chosen to highlight the importance of conserving the integrity of ...
Weltkulturerbe
Mittwoch, 6.5.2020, 07:00
On 6 May 2020, Dr Mechtild Rössler, Director of the World Heritage Centre, is launching the UNESCO publication Empowering Youth for Heritage. Dedicated to the World Heritage Volunteers Initiative (WHV), it kick-starts a series of Webinars to support and build the capacities of the WHV-implementing organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This publication provides a retrospective of the first 10 years of the World Heritage Volunteers Initiative, to increase its visibility and ...
Freitag, 15.5.2020, 07:00
UNESCO welcomes the decision taken by Mr. Abbas Mortada, Minister of Culture of Lebanon, to halt the construction project at the Archaeological Site of Nahr El-Kalb. 
Since 2019, the Archaeological Site of Nahr el-Kalb has been on Lebanon's Tentative List for potential future World Heritage nomination, and since 2005 on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register. It consists of several commemorative stelae that bear witness to significant historical events and reflect the entire ...
Mittwoch, 24.6.2020, 21:30
The Lopé National Park in Gabon is a site inscribed on the World Heritage List since 2007 under the name "Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda".
It is described as mixed (nature/culture) because of its remarkable forest-savanna landscapes and its many vestiges of past cultures. Initial research in the 1980s led to the discovery of carved stone tools, revealing very ancient human presence estimated at nearly 400,000 years according to geomorphological ...
Freitag, 22.5.2020, 07:00
The theme of the 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity is "Our Solutions are in Nature”.

The year 2020 was defined as a 'biodiversity super year', but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, major events dedicated to Biodiversity protection have been postponed to a later date. The current pandemic has shaken the international biodiversity agenda but has also revealed our total interdependence with the living world, and our global interconnectedness.Our shared destiny as ...
Mittwoch, 20.5.2020, 23:55
As nearly half of the global population went into lockdown in recent months, rare wildlife sightings emerged in the most unexpected places. CO2 emissions dropped by 8% since the start of the year, the largest decrease ever recorded.  Nature seemed to finally take a breath from the relentless human pressures that have been the primary reason for biodiversity reduction and habitat loss for at least a century.
Yet, the first online meeting with the local guardians of UNESCO's 50 ...
Montag, 8.6.2020, 07:00
This year's United Nations World Oceans Day – which is traditionally celebrated on 8 June – highlights the critical importance of innovation for a sustainable ocean. 
From drone wildlife tracking in Russia's Wrangel Island Reserve System to the use of artificial intelligence at Australia's Great Barrier Reef, UNESCO marine World Heritage sites are spearheading scientific innovation in ways that are rapidly transforming the future of ocean conservation.
While ...
Freitag, 22.5.2020, 07:00
Site managers report on Covid-19

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

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Uganda)

Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties ...
Freitag, 22.5.2020, 07:00
The theme of the 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity is "Our Solutions are in Nature”.

The year 2020 was defined as a 'biodiversity super year', but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, major events dedicated to Biodiversity protection have been postponed to a later date. The current pandemic has shaken the international biodiversity agenda but has also revealed our total interdependence with the living world, and our global interconnectedness.Our shared destiny as ...
Donnerstag, 7.5.2020, 07:00
The World Heritage Centre would like to express its sadness at the death of Dr. Guy Suzon Ramangason, former Director General of Madagascar National Parks, who passed away on 30th April 2020.  Guy Suzon made an important contribution to biodiversity conservation in Madagascar and beyond. 
After an international career at IUCN and WWF, Guy Suzon took the reins of Madagascar National Parks, where he was CEO from 2003 to last year, when he retired. He was the backbone of the ...
Donnerstag, 4.6.2020, 07:00
UNESCO expresses its deep concern over cyclone 'Amphan', which recently hit Bangladesh and eastern India, and wishes to express its deepest sympathy for the loss of human life and the material damage caused by this disaster, in solidarity with the people affected.
On 20 May 2020, cyclone Amphan made landfall across the West Bengal-Bangladesh coast, which includes two World Heritage properties: "Sundarbans National Park” (India) and "The Sundarbans” (Bangladesh), ...
Freitag, 22.5.2020, 07:00
Site managers report on Covid-19

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

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Uganda)

Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties ...
Donnerstag, 1.10.2020, 07:00
The International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a non-governmental organization, is an advisory body to the World Heritage Convention.
Dates: 1-10 October 2020
Venue: International Convention Centre (ICC Sydney) right in the heart of Sydney
Audience: Expected 1,500 professionals from across the globe representing heritage, archaeology, historians, urban planning, architects and academia just to name a few, providing unrivalled access to high-calibre specialist ...
Mittwoch, 20.5.2020, 07:00
Children's Artwork on World Heritage Sites
Thank You

Children's Artwork on World Heritage Sites

The artwork displayed below was posted in response to a global call for the Little Artists Exhibition inviting children around the world to draw a UNESCO World Heritage site that matters to them. This could be a site in their community, a memory from a family vacation, or a place they saw in a book, movie or TV show. 
Participants are between 6 and 12 years old, ...
Freitag, 5.6.2020, 07:00
On 2 June 2020, UNESCO successfully launched its first online international Expert Workshop on the Culture|2030 Indicators, with an opening speech by Mr Ernesto Ottone R., UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture and Ms Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).
The Culture|2030 Indicators were developed in collaboration with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) as well as a number of international organizations and experts. As a framework of ...
Mittwoch, 20.5.2020, 23:55
As nearly half of the global population went into lockdown in recent months, rare wildlife sightings emerged in the most unexpected places. CO2 emissions dropped by 8% since the start of the year, the largest decrease ever recorded.  Nature seemed to finally take a breath from the relentless human pressures that have been the primary reason for biodiversity reduction and habitat loss for at least a century.
Yet, the first online meeting with the local guardians of UNESCO's 50 ...
Dienstag, 7.7.2020, 00:30
From 17 to 26 June 2020, UNESCO successfully organised its first World Heritage City Lab, an online innovation laboratory for analysis, assessment, learning, and development of strategies for the protection and management of World Heritage properties in the urban context.
Carried out in collaboration with the Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Convention— the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the ...
Freitag, 5.6.2020, 07:00
June 5th is World Environment Day.
The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. These are exceptional times, and to care for ourselves we must care for nature. A few projects:
Central Africa World Heritage Forest Initiative The conservation, sustainable exploitation and management of forest sites in Central Africa, and in particular in Cameroon, Congo, Gabon and the Central African Republic, have ...
Montag, 4.5.2020, 07:00
African World Heritage Day
May 5th 2020

Youth, Entrepreneurship and Heritage Sustainability in Africa
Due to COVID-19, 90% of World Heritage sites around the globe are closed or partially closed, and many of them are in Africa.
As African World Heritage sites cope with the current situation, they are also looking ahead to the post-Covid time and planning for the short and long-term. The 2020 edition of African World Heritage Day will celebrate the theme "Youth, ...
Freitag, 8.5.2020, 07:00
On 9 May 2020, people around the world will celebrate World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) – a global campaign dedicated to raising awareness of migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. 
This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us must stay at home. But we can reach for our binoculars to celebrate the theme of World Migratory Bird Day "Birds Connect Our World”, chosen to highlight the importance of conserving the integrity of ...
Dienstag, 2.6.2020, 07:00
Monitoring World Heritage site closures

Introduction to the global map on the closure of World Heritage sites due to Covid-19 and analysis.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many governments have taken measures to restrict movements of people and access to certain areas.
This includes the closure of natural and cultural World Heritage sites in the 167 countries they are located in. Please consider the following when reviewing the map:

The World Heritage Convention has been ratified ...
Freitag, 5.6.2020, 07:00
June 5th is World Environment Day.
The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. These are exceptional times, and to care for ourselves we must care for nature. A few projects:
Central Africa World Heritage Forest Initiative The conservation, sustainable exploitation and management of forest sites in Central Africa, and in particular in Cameroon, Congo, Gabon and the Central African Republic, have ...
Donnerstag, 4.6.2020, 07:00
UNESCO expresses its deep concern over cyclone 'Amphan', which recently hit Bangladesh and eastern India, and wishes to express its deepest sympathy for the loss of human life and the material damage caused by this disaster, in solidarity with the people affected.
On 20 May 2020, cyclone Amphan made landfall across the West Bengal-Bangladesh coast, which includes two World Heritage properties: "Sundarbans National Park” (India) and "The Sundarbans” (Bangladesh), ...
Samstag, 6.6.2020, 07:00
UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Culture, Mr. Ernesto Ottone R., joined the Buganda Kingdom and local communities in mourning the serious destruction of one of the sacred houses (Abalongo) at the Tombs of Buganda Kings of Kasubi, following a devastating fire which took place on 5 June, in Uganda, a property inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000.
"We are in contact with the authorities, at the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, who currently carrying out ...
Freitag, 3.7.2020, 01:30
The Director of the World Heritage Centre held a bilateral meeting, on 1 July, with the Ambassador Permanent Delegate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to UNESCO in order coordinate the joint actions that could be taken concerning the state of conservation of the property Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas within the framework of cooperation between UNESCO and the State Party. 
During the meeting, UNESCO was informed with regard to the the important actions developed by the State ...
Freitag, 5.6.2020, 07:00
UNESCO has welcomed the announcement by Bernard Looney, CEO of bp, that the energy giant will refrain from undertaking new oil and gas exploration or production activities within natural, cultural or mixed UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The company has furthermore agreed to consult with UNESCO in case they consider such projects in buffer zones or other areas adjacent to World Heritage sites. bp has also committed to avoid associated activities that could impact the value or ...
Montag, 8.6.2020, 07:00
This year's United Nations World Oceans Day – which is traditionally celebrated on 8 June – highlights the critical importance of innovation for a sustainable ocean. 
From drone wildlife tracking in Russia's Wrangel Island Reserve System to the use of artificial intelligence at Australia's Great Barrier Reef, UNESCO marine World Heritage sites are spearheading scientific innovation in ways that are rapidly transforming the future of ocean conservation.While UNESCO's ...
Freitag, 5.6.2020, 07:00
UNESCO has welcomed the announcement by Bernard Looney, CEO of bp, that the energy giant will refrain from undertaking new oil and gas exploration or production activities within natural, cultural or mixed UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The company has furthermore agreed to consult with UNESCO in case they consider such projects in buffer zones or other areas adjacent to World Heritage sites. bp has also committed to avoid associated activities that could impact the value or ...
Dienstag, 23.6.2020, 07:00
As countries around the world grapple with COVID-19, the global pandemic also threatens our close evolutionary ‘cousins' and one of the world's most iconic threatened species - the mountain gorilla. 
UNESCO's Rapid Response Facility (RRF) has provided critical emergency support to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, to safeguard one of the world's last remaining mountain gorilla populations from this potentially existential threat.Worldwide, mountain gorillas ...
Freitag, 26.6.2020, 23:00
The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Azoulay, expressed her sorrow and deep concern over the new armed attack, perpetrated in the morning of Wednesday 24 June 2020, against guards of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN), inside the Virunga National Park, a property inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After the terrible killing of four civilians and 13 staff members of Virunga National Park on 24 April, this latest ...
Samstag, 6.6.2020, 07:00
UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Culture, Mr. Ernesto Ottone R., joined the Buganda Kingdom and local communities in mourning the serious destruction of one of the sacred houses (Abalongo) at the Tombs of Buganda Kings of Kasubi, following a devastating fire which took place on 5 June, in Uganda, a property inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000.
"We are in contact with the authorities, at the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, who currently carrying out ...
Mittwoch, 20.5.2020, 07:00
Children's Artwork on World Heritage Sites
Thank You

Children's Artwork on World Heritage Sites

The artwork displayed below was posted in response to a global call for the Little Artists Exhibition inviting children around the world to draw a UNESCO World Heritage site that matters to them. This could be a site in their community, a memory from a family vacation, or a place they saw in a book, movie or TV show. 
Participants are between 6 and 12 years old, ...
Donnerstag, 14.5.2020, 07:00
On April 24, a tragic attack from armed militia groups caused the death of four civilians and thirteen staff members of the Virunga National Park, a natural World Heritage site in the Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC).
In order to ensure the continuity of conservation actions, the Rapid Response Facility (RRF), an emergency fund established by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has responded swiftly to provide emergency funding to Virunga ...
Dienstag, 7.7.2020, 07:00
 An international team of researchers is conducting interviews with pioneers of World Heritage to capture memories of important moments in the history of the World Heritage Convention.
Launched in 2006 under the leadership of the Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage at the University of Montreal, and developed in collaboration with UNESCO Archives, this initiative is part of the UNESCO History project that celebrated the 60th anniversary of the creation of UNESCO. The Oral ...
Freitag, 5.6.2020, 07:00
On 2 June 2020, UNESCO successfully launched its first online international Expert Workshop on the Culture|2030 Indicators, with an opening speech by Mr Ernesto Ottone R., UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture and Ms Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).
The Culture|2030 Indicators were developed in collaboration with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) as well as a number of international organizations and experts. As a framework of ...
Dienstag, 2.6.2020, 07:00
Monitoring World Heritage site closures

Introduction to the global map on the closure of World Heritage sites due to Covid-19 and analysis.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many governments have taken measures to restrict movements of people and access to certain areas.
This includes the closure of natural and cultural World Heritage sites in the 167 countries they are located in. Please consider the following when reviewing the map:

The World Heritage Convention has been ratified ...
Freitag, 15.5.2020, 07:00
UNESCO welcomes the decision taken by Mr. Abbas Mortada, Minister of Culture of Lebanon, to halt the construction project at the Archaeological Site of Nahr El-Kalb. 
Since 2019, the Archaeological Site of Nahr el-Kalb has been on Lebanon's Tentative List for potential future World Heritage nomination, and since 2005 on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register. It consists of several commemorative stelae that bear witness to significant historical events and reflect the entire ...
Samstag, 25.4.2020, 07:00
The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Azoulay, strongly condemned the killing of 13 employees of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN), and of four civilians on 24 April 2020 in the vicinity of Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage property in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 
"In a global context already weakened by a health crisis linked to COVID-19, the staff of Virunga National Park are unfortunately still paying a heavy price for the protection ...
Donnerstag, 14.5.2020, 07:00
On April 24, a tragic attack from armed militia groups caused the death of four civilians and thirteen staff members of the Virunga National Park, a natural World Heritage site in the Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC).
In order to ensure the continuity of conservation actions, the Rapid Response Facility (RRF), an emergency fund established by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has responded swiftly to provide emergency funding to Virunga ...
Montag, 18.5.2020, 17:07
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Corn kernels mark rise of Cahokia metropolis
    (details)

  • Evolution and spread of rice in Asia triggered by global cooling
    (details)

  • How ancient African societies coped with epidemics
    (details)

  • Archaeologists date when a successful desert farming society collapsed
    (details)


Montag, 1.6.2020, 18:07
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Virtual platform brings Jewish heritage sites to life
    (details)

  • Genetic study of skeletons reveals Lebanon’s long continuity
    (details)

  • Mining company destroys sacred aboriginal site 46,000 years old
    (details)

  • Dental tartar shows what people ate in Japan’s Edo period
    (details)


Montag, 30.3.2020, 17:14
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Obsidian points used in Ohio rituals
    (details)

  • Plants were staple foods in the Ice Age
    (details)

  • Signs of world's earliest epidemic found in Chin
    (details)

  • Mesoamerican ball game spread earlier than previously thought
    (details)


Montag, 8.6.2020, 16:25
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Bone isotope studies trace how maize became the cornerstone of Mesoamerican diets
    (details)

  • New DNA studies show multiple Caribbean migrations, followed by local culture change
    (details)

  • Sea otter studies help explain the past and guide the present
    (details)

  • Ancient death in Turkey illuminates the turbulence of early social change
    (details)


Montag, 13.4.2020, 16:43
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Oldest string ever found shows new evidence of Neanderthal brain power
    (details)

  • Mexican site shows how Mesoamerican copper smelting was adapted to new Spanish needs
    (details)

  • German Bronze Age site shows increasing similarities to Stonehenge
    (details)

  • London finds from 3000 years ago suggest long use for settlement and rituals
    (details)


Montag, 15.6.2020, 17:05
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Oldest shell midden in China discovered
    (details)

  • Hominins may have eaten like tapirs
    (details)

  • Ancient nut and tuber residue found in Papua New Guinea
    (details)

Montag, 27.4.2020, 18:02
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Ottoman merchant ship carried a surprisingly abundant cargo
    (details)

  • New study: Salish Sea basin was very densely populated and had very ancient culture
    (details)

  • Rising seas drove Scandinavian hunter-gatherers toward marine resources
    (details)

  • Culturally distinct cuisines among ancient Baltic hunter-gatherers
    (details)


Montag, 23.3.2020, 16:47
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Mammoth bone circle may be ice age Russian house
    (details)

  • New book debunks claim that Ponce de Leon was first European to see Florida
    (details)

  • Indonesian stone carvings are oldest stand-alone Ice Age art from southeast Asia
    (details)

  • New stupa find in Bangladesh is unusual pyramid shape and size
    (details)


Montag, 22.6.2020, 17:18
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Research continues on Maya ruins at Uxmal
    (details)

  • Sri Lanka reveals 48,000 year old arrowheads
    (details)

  • Underwater bones raise questions about doomed French expedition
    (details)

  • New analysis of remains from Newgrange indicates incest
    (details)


Montag, 11.5.2020, 16:39
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Cahokia city causeway shows link between the living, the dead, and the Milky Way
    (details)

  • Early immigrants into the Indonesian islands switched from fish diet to giant rat
    (details)

  • High-energy X-rays help study and conserve metal artifacts from Renaissance-era ship
    (details)

  • Archaeological evidence puts pandemic effects into historical perspective
    (details)


Montag, 4.5.2020, 16:33
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New series of direct dates on contact period sites upends assumptions about Iroquois history
    (details)

  • Bones from Çatalhöyük show practice of household burials, differences in women’s lifestyle
    (details)

  • Bulgarian grave mound turns up unique objects from Roman empire
    (details)

  • The first Africans in Mexico City reveal insights into infectious diseases
    (details)


Montag, 20.4.2020, 17:25
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Melting ice in Norwegian pass reveals artifacts tracing trade and upland farming
    (details)

  • Molecular analysis shows history of milk and meat diet of east African cattle-herders
    (details)

  • Iron Age British rabbits and chickens were pets, not food, and sacred to the gods
    (details)

  • Sites in Alaska show heavy traffic, hunting and occupation in extreme weather
    (details)


Montag, 16.3.2020, 16:30
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Protecting and preserving ancient sites at risk from sea-level rise In Florida
    (details)

  • Olives first domesticated 7,000 years ago in Israel, study says
    (details)

  • Eggshell beads made by hunter-gatherers 33,000 years ago used as a social network
    (details)

  • Ancient art found in Basque country changes understanding of prehistoric society
    (details)


Montag, 6.4.2020, 17:27
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Watercourts kept fish from spoiling for Calusa in southern Florida
    (details)

  • Arkalochori Cave leads to more uncovered history about Minoan society
    (details)

  • Roman Emperor Caligula built floating palaces
    (details)

  • Mesopotamian war god's ritual site uncovered in Iraq
    (details)


Sonntag, 7.6.2020, 10:06
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Dienstag, 26.5.2020, 16:09
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • 3D Footprints in Tanzania suggest gendered group activities
    (details)

  • Competition with modern humans may have been the cause of Neanderthal extinction, new research suggests
    (details)

  • Cadaver dogs may become archaeologists’ newest noninvasive tool
    (details)

  • Bone arrowpoint in southern Africa gives early date for advanced human cognition
    (details)


Montag, 29.6.2020, 16:23
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New C14 dates show wooden church statue is Europe’s oldest
    (details)

  • Stone Age harpoons discovered in Norway
    (details)

  • Viking outpost in Iceland resets settlement date
    (details)

  • Volunteers excavate Hindu temple amid pandemic
    (details)


Montag, 9.3.2020, 16:45
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • 3D imaging of Roman graffiti receives award
    (details)

  • Biggest ivory workshop in antiquity found in Pakistan
    (details)

  • Surplus of bear bones found at Mississippi dig site
    (details)

  • New tech helps pinpoint the dawn of horse domestication
    (details)


Montag, 6.7.2020, 16:53
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Korea Legoland theme park plows through priceless prehistoric site
    (details)

  • Volcano in Alaska helped push Roman Republic to the tipping point
    (details)

  • Bad water in Maya city of Tikal came partly from dangerous paint
    (details)

  • Old spy photos and new satellite technology find 14,000 new sites in northeastern Syria
    (details)


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Montag, 11.5.2020, 16:39
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Cahokia city causeway shows link between the living, the dead, and the Milky Way
    (details)

  • Early immigrants into the Indonesian islands switched from fish diet to giant rat
    (details)

  • High-energy X-rays help study and conserve metal artifacts from Renaissance-era ship
    (details)

  • Archaeological evidence puts pandemic effects into historical perspective
    (details)


Montag, 4.5.2020, 16:33
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New series of direct dates on contact period sites upends assumptions about Iroquois history
    (details)

  • Bones from Çatalhöyük show practice of household burials, differences in women’s lifestyle
    (details)

  • Bulgarian grave mound turns up unique objects from Roman empire
    (details)

  • The first Africans in Mexico City reveal insights into infectious diseases
    (details)


Sonntag, 7.6.2020, 10:06
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Montag, 6.7.2020, 16:53
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Korea Legoland theme park plows through priceless prehistoric site
    (details)

  • Volcano in Alaska helped push Roman Republic to the tipping point
    (details)

  • Bad water in Maya city of Tikal came partly from dangerous paint
    (details)

  • Old spy photos and new satellite technology find 14,000 new sites in northeastern Syria
    (details)


Montag, 23.3.2020, 16:47
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Mammoth bone circle may be ice age Russian house
    (details)

  • New book debunks claim that Ponce de Leon was first European to see Florida
    (details)

  • Indonesian stone carvings are oldest stand-alone Ice Age art from southeast Asia
    (details)

  • New stupa find in Bangladesh is unusual pyramid shape and size
    (details)


Montag, 15.6.2020, 17:05
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Oldest shell midden in China discovered
    (details)

  • Hominins may have eaten like tapirs
    (details)

  • Ancient nut and tuber residue found in Papua New Guinea
    (details)

Montag, 22.6.2020, 17:18
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Research continues on Maya ruins at Uxmal
    (details)

  • Sri Lanka reveals 48,000 year old arrowheads
    (details)

  • Underwater bones raise questions about doomed French expedition
    (details)

  • New analysis of remains from Newgrange indicates incest
    (details)


Montag, 9.3.2020, 16:45
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • 3D imaging of Roman graffiti receives award
    (details)

  • Biggest ivory workshop in antiquity found in Pakistan
    (details)

  • Surplus of bear bones found at Mississippi dig site
    (details)

  • New tech helps pinpoint the dawn of horse domestication
    (details)


Montag, 27.4.2020, 18:02
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Ottoman merchant ship carried a surprisingly abundant cargo
    (details)

  • New study: Salish Sea basin was very densely populated and had very ancient culture
    (details)

  • Rising seas drove Scandinavian hunter-gatherers toward marine resources
    (details)

  • Culturally distinct cuisines among ancient Baltic hunter-gatherers
    (details)


Montag, 29.6.2020, 16:23
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New C14 dates show wooden church statue is Europe’s oldest
    (details)

  • Stone Age harpoons discovered in Norway
    (details)

  • Viking outpost in Iceland resets settlement date
    (details)

  • Volunteers excavate Hindu temple amid pandemic
    (details)


Montag, 16.3.2020, 16:30
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Protecting and preserving ancient sites at risk from sea-level rise In Florida
    (details)

  • Olives first domesticated 7,000 years ago in Israel, study says
    (details)

  • Eggshell beads made by hunter-gatherers 33,000 years ago used as a social network
    (details)

  • Ancient art found in Basque country changes understanding of prehistoric society
    (details)


Montag, 1.6.2020, 18:07
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Virtual platform brings Jewish heritage sites to life
    (details)

  • Genetic study of skeletons reveals Lebanon’s long continuity
    (details)

  • Mining company destroys sacred aboriginal site 46,000 years old
    (details)

  • Dental tartar shows what people ate in Japan’s Edo period
    (details)


Montag, 18.5.2020, 17:07
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Corn kernels mark rise of Cahokia metropolis
    (details)

  • Evolution and spread of rice in Asia triggered by global cooling
    (details)

  • How ancient African societies coped with epidemics
    (details)

  • Archaeologists date when a successful desert farming society collapsed
    (details)


Montag, 13.4.2020, 16:43
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Oldest string ever found shows new evidence of Neanderthal brain power
    (details)

  • Mexican site shows how Mesoamerican copper smelting was adapted to new Spanish needs
    (details)

  • German Bronze Age site shows increasing similarities to Stonehenge
    (details)

  • London finds from 3000 years ago suggest long use for settlement and rituals
    (details)


Montag, 8.6.2020, 16:25
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Bone isotope studies trace how maize became the cornerstone of Mesoamerican diets
    (details)

  • New DNA studies show multiple Caribbean migrations, followed by local culture change
    (details)

  • Sea otter studies help explain the past and guide the present
    (details)

  • Ancient death in Turkey illuminates the turbulence of early social change
    (details)


Montag, 30.3.2020, 17:14
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Obsidian points used in Ohio rituals
    (details)

  • Plants were staple foods in the Ice Age
    (details)

  • Signs of world's earliest epidemic found in Chin
    (details)

  • Mesoamerican ball game spread earlier than previously thought
    (details)


Montag, 20.4.2020, 17:25
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Melting ice in Norwegian pass reveals artifacts tracing trade and upland farming
    (details)

  • Molecular analysis shows history of milk and meat diet of east African cattle-herders
    (details)

  • Iron Age British rabbits and chickens were pets, not food, and sacred to the gods
    (details)

  • Sites in Alaska show heavy traffic, hunting and occupation in extreme weather
    (details)


Dienstag, 26.5.2020, 16:09
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • 3D Footprints in Tanzania suggest gendered group activities
    (details)

  • Competition with modern humans may have been the cause of Neanderthal extinction, new research suggests
    (details)

  • Cadaver dogs may become archaeologists’ newest noninvasive tool
    (details)

  • Bone arrowpoint in southern Africa gives early date for advanced human cognition
    (details)


Montag, 6.4.2020, 17:27
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Watercourts kept fish from spoiling for Calusa in southern Florida
    (details)

  • Arkalochori Cave leads to more uncovered history about Minoan society
    (details)

  • Roman Emperor Caligula built floating palaces
    (details)

  • Mesopotamian war god's ritual site uncovered in Iraq
    (details)