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World Heritage Committee announces 2016 meeting in Istanbul, 24 new sites inscribed in Bonn

World Heritage Committee announces 2016 meeting in Istanbul, 24 new sites inscribed in Bonn

The World Heritage Committee ended its meeting today announcing it will hold its next session in Istanbul, Turkey, from 10 to 20 July 2016. During this year’s session the Committee, which was chaired by Maria Böhmer, Minister of State at the German Federal Foreign Office and member of the Bundestag, inscribed 24 new sites on […]

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Developers start to wreck UNESCO World Heritage site

Developers start to wreck UNESCO World Heritage site

Tripoli, 25 August 2013: Libyan property speculators are sacrificing a two thousand year old necropolis at Cyrene to make way for new building development. Cyrene’s ten-square-kilometre necropolis has been badly damaged by local residents claiming ownership of the land. Despite it being one of the country’s five UNESCO World Heritage sites, local farmers have reportedly […]

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Defending world's greatest sites

Defending world’s greatest sites

By Steven Erlanger (The New York Times) World Heritage is big business, bringing hordes of tourists to poor countries. It can also overwhelm the very sites it is designed to protect, with chain hotels and restaurants and thousands of feet treading on fragile ground. But World Heritage can also recognize traditions that might have little […]

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Presentation ceremony held to recognize tri-national World Heritage site

Presentation ceremony held to recognize tri-national World Heritage site

Friday, November 18, 2011 On 16 November 2011, Kishore Rao, Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, presented a certificate to German Minister for Environment Norbert Röttgen and the State Ministers recognizing the inscription of the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany on the World Heritage List. The […]

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Table Mountain; new ‘7 Wonders’ of nature

Table Mountain; new ‘7 Wonders’ of nature

OBINNA EMELIKE Those who are tied of visiting the same old ‘Seven Wonders’ of the world, can now heave a sigh of relief, as there are now seven more awesome attractions that promise better adventure and sightseeing for them. Following a recent announcement by the organisers of the search on November 11, 2011, seven more […]

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And the word is 'wonderful'!

And the word is ‘wonderful’!

There were many contenders, but the final decision has been made and the provisional winners announced: the Amazon, Iguazu Falls, Halong Bay, Komodo, Jeju Island, Table Mountain and the Puerto Princesa underground river have been chosen as the new Seven Natural Wonders of the World. On-line, by phone and by text messages, thousands of people […]

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News 7 Wonders of Nature

News 7 Wonders of Nature

A global competition has named its “provisional” New 7 Wonders of Nature, but no Canadian sites have made the list. The New 7 Wonders of Nature are: South America’s Amazon rainforest. Vietnam’s Halong Bay. Argentina’s Iguazu Falls. South Korea’s Jeju Island. Indonesia’s Komodo national park. The Philippines’ Puerto Princesa Underground River. South Africa’s Table Mountain. […]

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UNESCO Creates Fund For Budget Shortfall After US Withholds Dues

UNESCO Creates Fund For Budget Shortfall After US Withholds Dues

By William New, Intellectual Property Watch The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has set up a fund for donations to support core activities after the United States withheld its dues equalling nearly a quarter of UNESCO’s budget. Already the agency has begun cutting programmes in developing countries, it said. Bokova said cuts in […]

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UNESCO Halts New Projects After U.S. Pulls Funding

UNESCO Halts New Projects After U.S. Pulls Funding

All those world-heritage-sites-to-be will have to wait a little longer until the cultural body can make up its $65-million shortfall. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Oraganisation says it has halted all new spending until the end of the year due to the U.S. pulling its funding for the body after it admitted Palestine […]

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Spain - UNESCO approves creation of Category 2 World Heritage Centre

Spain – UNESCO approves creation of Category 2 World Heritage Centre

The UNESCO General Conference has approved the creation in Spain of a Category 2 World Heritage Centre. The centre will operate under the Ministry of Culture and be dedicated to rock art and to the World Heritage Convention. The initiative thus recognises the valuable rock art heritage that exists in Spain and the high level […]

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