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Open letter from UNESCO in response to the construction project at the Archaeological Site of Nahr El-Kalb in Lebanon
The Archaeological Site of Nahr El-Kalb is an exceptional monument that testifies to the rich cultural heritage of Lebanon. The site has been included on the Tentative List of Lebanon since 2019, for potential nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The site's exceptional documentary heritage includes the commemorative stelae of Nahr El-Kalb, which reflect the entire history of Lebanon, from ancient times to the present day, and have been registered in the International Memory of ...
In moments of crisis, people need culture
COVID-19 has brought into stark relief, as crises often do, the necessity of culture for people and communities. At a time when billions of people are physically separated from one another, culture brings us together.  It provides comfort, inspiration and hope at a time of enormous anxiety and uncertainty. Yet even as we rely on culture to get us through this crisis, culture is also suffering. Many artists and creators, especially those that work in the informal or ...
International Day of Forests 2020
The massive wildfires in the Amazon, Australia, Central Africa, East Asia and Siberia last year brought forests to the headlines.  Forests are vitally important for sustaining life on Earth. It is estimated that around 1.6 billion people - including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures - depend on forests for their livelihoods, medicine, fuel, food and shelter. The protection of world's forests is crucial for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs (in particular SDGs 11 ...
UNESCO grants emergency funds to assist Argentinean Biosphere Reserve threatened by poaching
Over the last year, Yabotí, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1995 and one of the world's biodiversity hotspots, has witnessed a dramatic surge in illegal wildlife poaching.  This Atlantic forest of more than 236,000 hectares is home to unique plants and animals, such as jaguars, bush dogs, tapirs and harpy eagles, among other threatened species. With funding severely hit by the economic crisis, rangers comprised of park guards and an elite anti-poaching force formed by the ...
40th anniversary of Nubia Campaign celebrated in Egypt
A celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the completion of the International Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia took place at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in Fustat, Cairo (Egypt) on 10 March 2020.  The International Campaign was launched in 1960 to relocate and reassemble six groups of monuments in Nubia threatened by the artificial lake created by the Aswan High Dam in the new location. The Campaign lasted twenty years and was completed on 10 March 1980.In ...
Technical Meeting on World Heritage Sites in Libya
On 5 and 6 March 2020, the World Heritage Centre hosted a technical meeting to support Libya in the drafting of the Statement of Outstanding Universal Value, and in the development of the Desired State of Conservation and corrective measures for the eventual removal of Old Town of Ghadamès from the List of World Heritage in Danger.  The meeting, which was held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, brought together the Libyan authorities, ICOMOS, the UNESCO Rabat Office and the World ...
Marine World Heritage: 50 Beacons of Hope in a changing ocean
Marine World Heritage:50 Beacons of Hopein a changing ocean Last year was a year of highs and lows for marine World Heritage. Sites made progress in strengthening climate adaptation capacity, adopting zero emission policies and establishing fisheries no-take zones. The 2020 Annual Overview of the UNESCO World Heritage Marine Programme – which was made public today – summarizes a year of conservation success but also underscores the urgent need for change. Among the year's ...
International Women's Day, 8 March, Each for Equal
With the sustainable development policy adopted by the General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention in November 2015, we look towards a more peaceful and sustainable planet and the balance of power in our relationships continues to be an important issue to redress in this new framework. This Women's Day highlights the need for Gender Equality and women's empowerment (Sustainable Development Goal five) through the theme, "#EachforEqual.” It is ...
UNESCO and Japan support Afghanistan's efforts towards removing the Bamiyan Valley from the List of World Heritage in Danger
The Government of Japan announced that it would provide USD 3.8 million dollars in financial support to the World Heritage property of ‘Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley' in Afghanistan. The property was inscribed simultaneously on the World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2003, after the destruction of the Giant Buddhas, in recognition of its values as a testament of interconnectedness and shared history between Western and ...
World Wildlife Day, 3 March 2020
Today is World Wildlife Day with the theme, "Sustaining all life on Earth.” This encompasses all wild animal and plant species as a component of biodiversity, as well as the livelihoods of people. The animals and plants that live in the wild have intrinsic value and contribute to the ecological, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic aspects of human well-being and to sustainable development. World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the ...

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