UNESCO has designated a series of sites associated with the hidden history of Christians in 16th- to 19th-century Japan as the country’s 18th World Cultural Heritage Site.
In another nod to the huge potential of tourism in Myanmar, UNESCO has designated Indawgyi Lake in Kachin State as a Biosphere Reserve. The lake is the largest freshwater lake in the country and the third largest in south-east Asia, while the recognition is the second of its kind for Myanmar.
Officials at the UNWTO and UNESCO have announced the first World Conference on Tourism & Culture. The event will bring together, for the first time, ministers of tourism and ministers of culture from around the world, experts and stakeholders from both sectors to explore new models of partnership. The event will take place in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from February 4th-6th next year.
Bursa and Cumalikizik, considered the birthplace of the Ottoman Empire, and the multi-layered cultural landscape of Izmir’s Pergamon have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The decision was made at the recent 38th World Heritage Committee meeting, held at Qatar’s National Congress Centre in Doha.
In its review of Canada’s Nomination of Pimachiowin Aki for World Heritage Status, the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) deferred final decisions until the next World Heritage Committee meeting. UNESCO pointed to “fundamental issues” in the evaluation process that prevented them from recognising the value of “the indissoluble bonds that exist in some places between culture and nature.”
A small Portuguese city has been declared a new UNESCO World Heritage Site, bringing the total in the country to 13. The garrison border town of Elvas and its fortifications were added by the World Heritage Committee due to it being an “outstanding example of a garrison town and its dry-ditched bulwarked defence system, which developed in response to disruptions in the balance of power within 17th century Europe”.
The World Heritage Committee on Monday morning inscribed Lena Pillars Nature Park of the Russian Federation, the last site to be added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List during this year’s session. Chad, Congo, Palau and Palestine had World Heritage sites inscribed on the List for the first time.
Barbadian heritage has been officially acknowledged on the world stage as Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison are now included in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation World Heritage Site list. The official inscription was granted by the World Heritage Committee during its 35th session at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, which ran from June 19th through June 29th, 2011.
Delegates from the small islands developing states from the Indian Ocean and Pacific regions met this week in the Seychelles to develop a strategic plan aimed at integrating World Heritage site management with the sustainable development of local communities.
Two experts from UNESCO, Ms. Avril Joffe and Mr. Lloyd Stanbury, have completed a three-week mission in Seychelles as part of the UNESCO Technical Assistance Mission for the promotion and development of the Creative Industries, which forms part of the requirement of the UNESCO Convention on the Promotion and Protection of Cultural Diversity and Expressions, ratified by the government of Seychelles in 2005.