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July 2, 2001


WORKSHOP ON RESEACH IN THE ARTS AND CULTURAL INDUSTRIES
Some 30 experts from the United States and ten European countries exchanged information about research in the arts and cultural industries on June 25 and 26 as part of a workshop organized by UNESCO with the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University and the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy at Princeton University, and with the co-operation of the Council of Europe. The participants in the workshop, the first such gathering ever to be held, sought to launch a new dynamic of transatlantic co-operation in applied arts and culture research. After discussing the way such research is commissioned and used on both sides of the Atlantic, they identified key areas that could benefit particularly from organized transatlantic co-operation. They agreed that an informal Transatlantic Forum for Cultural Research - including both Canada and Mexico, as well as all of the Council of Europe's member states - should be established. UNESCO was also asked to organize a second meeting this year which would focus on a specific theme and be held in North America.
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25TH SESSION OF THE BUREAU OF THE WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE
The lessons to be learned from the destruction of the Buddha Statues in Afghanistan was the subject of the opening session of the 25th meeting of the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee which took place at UNESCO Headquarters from June 25 to 30. The seven Bureau members (Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Finland, Morocco, Thailand and Zimbabwe), along with observers from other States Parties and representatives of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) prepared the meeting of the World Heritage Committee which, this year, takes place in Helsinki (Finland) from December 11 to 16. The Bureau also examined the state of conservation of 79 properties inscribed on the World Heritage List and on the List of World Heritage in Danger. It also reviewed 50 candidacies for inscription on the World Heritage List: four sites in Africa; two in the Arab region; five in the Asia-Pacific region; three in Latin America and the Caribbean; and 35 in Europe and North America. Of these sites, 32 are cultural, 14 are natural, while four sites are mixed. Three candidacies come from States Parties to the 1972 Convention which had hitherto never submitted applications, Botswana, Guyana and Israel. Seven extensions for sites already listed were also examined.
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