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1 July 2005
Cultural Heritage: Standards for Action

Safeguarding the cultural heritage is one of UNESCO’s chief tasks. This calls for the adoption of appropriate legislation in order to define the nature and scope of the protection to be given, list the property concerned, and determine the necessary measures. National legislators have a uniform and effective pattern available for their work in the form of a number of Conventions, Recommendations and Declarations that have been drawn up by the Organization. In fact this year sees the 10th anniversary of the launching of the UNESCO-inspired UNIDROIT (1995) Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects.

Bayon Temple © Unesco
Tangible heritage and armed conflict: 1954 Convention
Illicit traffic and cultural property: 1970 Convention

World heritage: 1972 Convention
Underwater heritage: 2001 Convention
Intangible heritage: 2003 Convention
News and Events
Passages to India, Yesterday and Today La Conciergerie, Paris (France)
17 06 2005 - 11 09 2005 Under the auspices of UNESCO this exhibition presents, for the first time in Europe, 73 aquatints of the 18th century with their mirror reflection of 73 contemporary photographs.
New findings from Peking Man site
23 06 2005 - The results of the latest geological and geophysical surveys conducted at the site of the Peking Man in Zhoukoudian (China) will be presented at the Espace EDF Electra on Tuesday July 5 (11 a.m.) during a joint UNESCO/EDF scientific conference.

Traditional medicine of the Chinese Miao community selected for Harmony List
28 06 2005 - The traditional medicine of the Miao community (Guizhou Province, China) has been selected by the Harmony List Jury as the 2005 best cultural practice contributing to sustainable development.

United Nations Day at Expo 2005 Aichi
28 06 2005 - Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, representing the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, commemorated the 60th Anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter on Monday, 27 June, United Nations Day at Expo 2005 Aichi (Japan).
Underwater heritage convention ratified by five States
29 06 2005 - Five States (Panama, Bulgaria, Croatia, Spain, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya) have now ratified the Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference in october 2001.
42 New Sites proposed on the UNESCO World Heritage List
30 06 2005 - Forty-two new sites will be proposed for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List during the 29th session of the World Heritage Committee scheduled for July 10-17 at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban, South Africa.
29th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee Durban (South Africa)
10 - 17 07 2005 - The annual meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, comprised of representatives from 21 of the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention, will take place in Durban, South Africa
Living Heritage Aïchi (Japan)
03 - 23 07 2005 There will be a temporary exhibition on “Living Heritage” taking place in the UN Theatre, UN Pavilion, as from 3 July.
International Theatre Workshops Sinaia (Romania)
07 - 17 07 2005 These International Workshops of National Theatre Colleges of the ITI-UNESCO Chair, will be devoted to the works of two great playwrights : “Le Tartuffe” (Molière) and “La leçon” (Ionesco).
Market-Training Workshop at the International Folk Art Market Santa Fe (United States of America)
08 - 10 07 2005 As a result of the partnership established with the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, four laureates of the 2004-2005 UNESCO Crafts Prize will participate in the second edition of this event.
Conference on The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kews (United Kingdom) Paris (France)
11 07 2005 - Sir Peter Crane, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, will evoke the botanic activities in relation to UNESCO's programmes relating to the preservation of natural and cultural heritage.
Nepalese Play Katmandou (Nepal)
15 07 2005 - 15 08 2005 Organization of a three-nations workshop-production of a Nepalese play.
World Heritage in Young Hands Bucarest (Romania)
28 - 31 07 2005 Workshop on "Sustainable Development and World Heritage: Preservation of the Environment" within the framework of the Great Volga River Route World Heritage Education Project.
Protecting cultural property in the event of armed conflict (Information kit)
Preventing the illicit traffic in cultural property: a resource handbook for the implementation of the 1970 UNESCO Convention (handbook)
Promote the return or restitution of cultural property (Information kit)
Protecting the underwater cultural heritage (Information kit)
Cultural Rights and Wrongs (book)
Trade in Antiquities (book)
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