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June 4, 2007
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World Heritage

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Bisotun, Islamic Republic of Iran
Once a year, the World Heritage Committee meets to decide on additions to the World Heritage List, which includes the most outstanding cultural and natural sites around the globe. Inscription on this List is just the first step towards safeguarding these sites: management and preservation are ongoing processes, involving local communities as well as national authorities. So far, 183 countries have demonstrated their commitment to protecting our shared heritage by ratifying the World Heritage Convention.
News and Events
  • Planning for Sustainable Management: Perspectives from Kaiping and Macao Hong Kong SAR, Kaiping and Macao SAR
    04 - 14 06 2007  This course brings together participants and instructors from the University of Victoria and the Architectural Conservation Program at the University of Hong Kong to consider approaches to planning for the sustainable conservation and management of the remarkable heritage resources of Kaiping Diaolou and surrounding villages in China’s Guangdong Province and Macao.
  •  An Introduction to Musical Ethnography Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    04 06 - 13 07 2007  One of the main objectives of the UNESCO/Norway Funds-in-Trust Project “Ethiopia – Traditional Music, Dance and Instruments” is to contribute to the training of Ethiopian students to create an environment in which Ethiopia's music and dance traditions will continue to be identified, inventoried and recorded. 
  • Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation Paris, France
    05 - 06 06 2007  Entering its thirtieth year of existence, the Committee, composed of 22 members, will be invited to reflect on its role and carry out a preliminary evaluation of its action. In addition, the Secretariat’s Report and a draft of the “Rules of Procedure on Mediation and Conciliation”, will be examined.
  • "My Dream": a Performance by Disabled People from China Paris, France
    07 - 08 06 2007  The China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe is a professional dance and music troupe made up of 88 performers with hearing and/or visually impairments or physical disabilities.
  • Second Session of the First Meeting of the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict Paris, France
    11 06 2007   The first session of the first meeting of the Committee took place on 26 October 2006 . More than 100 participants are expected to attend the second session during which they will discuss the status and implementation of the Second Protocol, consider the draft Guidelines for the implementation of the Second Protocol, and adopt the recommendations.  
  • The 2007 Indigenous Fellowship Programme at UNESCO Paris, France
    11 06 2007  Meeting with five English-speaking fellows invited by UNESCO to learn about its work and present their communities to engage a dialogue on issues of mutual concern. 
  • 5th International Congress on Culture and Development Havana, Cuba
    11 - 14 06 2007  The main theme of this congress focuses on "Defending Cultural Diversity" featured in a series of debates on cultural plurality, cultural industries and technological changes. 
  • Information meeting on the 1970 Convention Paris, France
    12 06 2007 The purpose of this meeting, chaired by the Director-General, is to inform the Permanent Delegations and Observers to UNESCO on the status of the ratifications and on the measures taken for the implementation of the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, as well as to answer their questions. 
  • National Consultative Meeting on Underwater Cultural Archaeology Bogor, Indonesia
    12 - 13 06 2007  This activity is undertaken at the request of the Indonesian authorities with a view to upgrading Indonesian legislation concerning underwater cultural heritage and to initiating the ratification process of the UNESCO Convention.
  • Expert meeting on the rehabilitation of Somali culture Nairobi, Kenya
    12 - 14 06 2007  The meeting is convened to discuss the findings of the 2006 needs assessment and to establish a plan of action for future activities aimed at the rehabilitation of Somali culture following two and a half decades of civil war, which resulted in the devastation of the country’s cultural infrastructure and the loss of a great deal of Somali national heritage. 
  • Andean Cultural and Natural Sites Cuenca, Ecuador
    12 - 15 06 2007  The main objectives of this workshop are to enable the participants to exchange information and to draw up new proposals with a view to improving work plans and managing inscribed and non-inscribed natural and cultural sites on the World Heritage List. 
  • Heritage Workshop at the Archaeological Site of La Isabela La Isabela, Dominican Republic
    17 06 - 03 07 2007  La Isabela, inscribed on the World Heritage Tentative List since 2002, is culturally significant for the history of Latin America and the Caribbean, being the first Spanish urban settlement founded in the New World by Christopher Columbus during his second trip in 1494. 
  • First Ordinary Session of the Conference of Parties to the Convention of 2005 Paris, France
    18 - 20 06 2007  The First Ordinary Session of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions will be held at UNESCO Headquarters from 18 to 20 June 2007.
  • Reducing Risks to Collections Sibiu, Romania
    18 06 - 06 07 2007  The purpose of the three-week session of the international course on “Reducing Risks to Collections” is to focus on the preventive conservation of Museum collections.
  • 9th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) Kazan, Russian Federation
    19 - 23 06 2007  Since 1991, OWHC has served as a unique forum bringing together politicians and professionals committed to the preservation of historic cities and, in particular, those included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. 
  • Contemporary Art in Bahrain Paris, France
    19 - 28 06 2007  This exhibition presents seven of the most important contemporary painters of Bahrain, most of whom are members of the Bahrain Arts Society, a non-profit cultural organization established in 1983. 
  • Maintenance, Repair and Rehabilitation of Property Vienna, Austria
    21 - 22 06 2007  This congress brings together decision-makers, architects, planners, craftspeople, building-industry experts and estate agents with the aim of highlighting tenable investment options and amortization models for the purchase and use of existing property. 
  • Celebrating the Cultural Heritage of Nias Island Medan, Indonesia
    22 - 24 06 2007  One hundred photographs featuring outstanding vernacular architecture, traditional settlements, cultural and natural landscapes, megaliths and traditional crafts of Nias Island (Indonesia) are displayed from 22 to 24 June 2007 in several locations in Medan. 
  • Education for Peace, Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue Workshop Tbilissi, Georgia
    23 - 27 06 2007  Since April 2007, the Training for Trainers (TOT) course in three countries of the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) has been implemented and will culminate in a final workshop in Tbilissi. 
  • Protection of African Underwater Cultural Heritage
    Brazzaville, Congo
    25 06 2007 - 27 06 2007  The ocean along the west coast of Africa is especially rich in underwater cultural heritage. Many shipwrecks provide testimony to the various periods and aspects of the continent’s history: the cruelty of the slave trade, the ferocity of wars or the peaceful exchange and intercultural dialogue between faraway regions.
  • Rehabilitation of Prambanan World Heritage Compounds Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    26 - 27 06 2007  This technical meeting brings together various teams of experts from Indonesia and abroad, in order to share the results of the research activities conducted on the earthquake-affected Prambanan World Heritage Compounds. 
  • 15th Forum of Ministers of Culture and Officials in Charge of Cultural Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
    28 - 29 06 2007  This annual meeting aims at strengthening the protection and promotion of cultural diversity in all its forms, taking into account the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (2001), the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) and the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005). 
  • “Breaking the Chains Prize” at the 10th Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania
    29 06 - 08 07 2007  The UNESCO Slave Route Project, in partnership with the ZIFF (Zanzibar International Film Festival) and the British Council Office in Tanzania, created the "Breaking the Chains Prize" for the best film shedding new light on slavery and its legacy.
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