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2 June 2005
Angkor : Towards a renaissance

Impressive monuments symbolizing a lost empire, a romantic tale of forgetfulness and rediscovery, destructive pillaging and encroaching nature, the site of Anghor appeals to the entire world. It is one of UNESCO’s most far-reaching projects, allying research to restoration in the period from 1994 to 2009. Work carried out following the inscription of the site on both the World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1992 made it possible to remove it from the latter in 2004. The remains of the Khmer capital from the 9th to the 15th century are now preserved, while attempts at scrupulous restoration and illicit excavation have been curtailed. The second stage of the project (1995-2005) has now come to an end; the third will commence shortly and last through to 2009.



Bayon Temple © Unesco
International Programme for the Preservation of Angkor
Paris Declaration – Safeguarding and Development of Angkor

Sustainable development and cultural tourism
“Khmer Smile” : video sequence in partnership with NHK

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News and Events

Preparation of inscription of cultural properties on the World Heritage List Porto-Novo (Benin)
30 05 2005 - 03 06 2005  Organized by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, this training workshop will take place at the African Heritage School in Porto-Novo (Benin) as part of the follow-up of the periodical report for Africa. 

Conserving Cultural and Biological Diversity: The Role of Sacred Natural Sites and Cultural Landscapes Aichi (Japan)
30 05 2005 - 02 06 2005  This International Symposium takes place during the EXPO 2005, AICHI (25 March -25 September). 
Conservation of the Royal Plaza, the Bayon and the Angkor Wat Siem Reap (Cambodia)
03 06 2005 One of the largest scale research and restoration projects undertaken, since 1994, by UNESCO in Cambodia with funding from the UNESCO/Japanese Funds-in-Trust (US20, 596,479 $), is about to be completed. 
Creating Economic Futures: One Story at a Time Nashville (USA)
04 06 2005 - 08 06 2005  The 2005 International Heritage Development Conference explores how heritage development compares with economic development by promoting best practices, public-private partnerships, and new tools. 
Creativity of Arab Women UNESCO Headquarters, Paris (France)
06 06 2005 - 10 06 2005  Exhibition of worksby Arab women artists. 
Arab Woman between East and West UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France
08 06 2005 - 09 06 2005  In both the East and the West, Arab women are often portrayed through stereotypical representations and discourses in which they have no voice. 
Culturally Appropriate HIV Prevention in the Caucasus Tbilissi (Georgia), Yerevan (Armenia) and Baku (Azerbaijan)
09 06 2005 - 17 06 2005  Within the framework of the UNESCO/Flanders Funds-In-Trust project, three national capacity-building workshops will group key stakeholder organizations in Armenia, Azerbaidjan and Georgia to present national reports and to discuss socio-cultural issues relating to HIV prevention.
Urban Heritage - Collective Privilege Helsinki (Finland)
09 06 2005 - 12 06 2005  2nd Baltic Sea Region Cultural Heritage Forum 
HIV-AIDS in the Caucasus Region: Socio-Cultural Approach Tbilissi (Georgia)
10 06 2005 - 10 06 2005  This sub-regional Conference will bring together, for the first time, high-level decision-makers from Ministries of Education, Health and Culture, Directors of National AIDS Centers, non-governmental organizations, networks of people living with HIV, UN and bilateral agencies from Armenia Azerbaidjan and Geogia. 
Design 21 Prize Kobe (Japan)
10 06 2005 - 10 06 2005  Laureates selection at an international jury meeting, and exhibition of their works site at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum, Kobe City
Heritage and Mankind UNESCO Headquarters, Paris (France)
20 06 2005 - 21 06 2005  The Permanent Delegation of Madagascar to UNESCO, with the support of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Section, will present two days of events devoted to Zafimaniry culture which was included in UNESCO’s Second Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2003. 
International Coordination Committee for the Safeguarding of the Cultural Heritage of Iraq UNESCO Headquarters, Paris (France)
22 06 2005 - 23 06 2005  This Second Plenary Session is the follow-up of the First Session which took place on 24 and 25 May 2004. 
Reception of Architecture of the Modern Movement UNESCO Headquarters, Paris (France)
23 06 2005 Launching of the proceedings of the Seventh Conference of DOCOMOMO (Documentation and Conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement) which was held in UNESCO in 2002. 
1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects UNESCO Headquarters, Paris (France)
24 06 2005 - 24 06 2005  Conference celebrating the 10th Anniversary of this legal instrument.
Intergovernmental Committee of the Rome Convention UNESCO Headquarters, Paris (France)
27 06 2005 - 28 06 2005  Meeting of the 19th session of the Intergovernmental Committee of the International Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations (1961). 
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World Heritage Review (periodical, n° 39 ) 
MUSEUM International: Heritage Landscape of Egypt (periodical, n°225-6 ) 
Artistic practices and techniques from Europe and North America favouring social cohesion and peace (booklet)

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