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Capacity-building project in disaster risk management for site managers in Africa
On November 9 2020, the Africa Unit of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and ICCROM experts met online to develop a project that will contribute to capacity-building in disaster risk management and protection systems for World Heritage sites in Africa. The project will be implemented in two phases: a series of online webinars, followed by a visit to an African World Heritage site. Lasting one year, it will target in its first phase six (6) pilot sites and contribute to the development of a ...
DomusForum 2020: The future of cities
On 4 November 2020, Domus organized the DomusForum 2020 "The future of cities”. The conference brought together high-profile experts, international organizations, business leaders, government officials and academics for a conversation on the challenges faced by cities, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference focused on a central question: "Will the concept of cities as we know them survive the era of the virus?" At the same time, several key issues ...
Statement by the Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, on Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
In reaction to numerous inaccurate statements and errors circulating in the press about the situation of Hagia Sophia, UNESCO wishes to recall the following: UNESCO reacted to the change of Hagia Sophia's status as early as July 2020 and expressed its concern in this regard. This position has remained constant since then.  UNESCO immediately initiated a review process and sent a mission to the property from 5 to 9 October 2020, led by an eminent cultural heritage expert, to look ...
48th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, 16 November
The 16th of November marks the 48th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention. This Convention protects the world's most outstanding places, belonging to us all. Where it all began The idea of creating an international movement for protecting heritage emerged after World War I. The 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage developed from the merging of two separate movements: the first focusing on the preservation of ...
Africa region concludes Data Analysis and Report Synthesis Online Workshop for the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the Africa Region
 On 28 October 2020, the World Heritage Centre (WHC), in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) started the Data Analysis and Report Synthesis Online Workshop in the framework of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the Africa Region. More than 35 participants from the AWHF, WHC, Advisory Bodies and international heritage experts met online for three days to discuss and work on the methodology for data analysis and synthesis, following the results of the Third ...
UNESCO and the Urban Economy Forum 2020
On 5 October 2020, the Urban Economy Forum (UEF) in collaboration with UN-Habitat organized the "Urban Economy Forum 2020". The event brought together ministers, mayors, representatives of UN agencies, and high-profile experts from the private and public sectors and academia for a conversation on sustainable urban development for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. UNESCO supports this initiative and welcomes efforts to address the challenge of sustainable urban ...
Online meeting : Strategic Urban Development Action Plan of the Union for the Mediterranean
On 29 October 2020, the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) secretariat presented the draft UfM Strategic Action Plan and its Housing Action Plan to the Euro-Mediterranean local and regional authorities, as well as associations active in the region, within the framework of the ongoing consultation process on the development of the Strategic Action Plan for sustainable urban development. The presentation was organized by Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and ...
World Cities Day 2020, 31 October
This World Cities Day is the seventh global celebration since the day was launched in 2014 in Shanghai, China. The 2020 World Cities Day themed ‘Valuing our communities and cities' underlines the importance of the local communities who are at the heart of building sustainable cities. By 2050, nearly 7 out of 10 people in the world will live in cities. Cities have become the point of confluence where, economic, social, cultural and environmental factors converge and interact not just to ...
'Toward a Better Urban Future': UIA Webinar, World Architecture Day 2020
The UIA (International Union of Architects) marked the World Architecture Day on Monday 5 October by holding a live webinar to discuss this year's theme: "Toward a better urban future”. Moderated by UIA President Thomas Vonier and UIA Secretary General Serban Tiganas, the webinar began with a virtual roundtable which included the UN Habitat Assistant Secretary General and Executive Director Victor Kisob, Deputy Director for the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO Jyoti ...
Monitoring World Heritage site closures
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 ...

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