Tuesday 19 November 2013

Protecting the World’s Largest Museum - the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage

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The yesterday conference on the topic Protecting the World’s Largest Museum - the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage gave an insight into the unique heritage preserved under water and its particular importance. It also underlined the importance and unique utility of the UNESCO 2001 Convention, protecting this heritage.

Underwater cultural heritage needs to be better protected and researched, to make its great potential useable for States. The 2001 UNESCO Convention is a unique tool to do so. It has  a central role in the development of underwater archaeology and can be expected to substantially impact this discipline. It contains strong site protection measures and fosters the development of capacities.

The well-attended Conference encouraged delegates to foster the even wider ratification of the 2001 Convention and to enhance its implementation.


Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Ministerial Commitment on sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services

The information meeting on the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Ministerial Commitment on sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents and young people took place yesterday. This session focused on Young People Today. Time to Act Now! - a major initiative aimed at mobilizing political commitment of ministers of health and education in 21 countries from Eastern and Southern Africa to deliver comprehensive sexuality education and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services to reduce HIV, eliminate unintended pregnancies, address gender-based violence, and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.


19th General Assembly of the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention

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UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, visiting the Archaeological Park of Angkor, an iconic World Heritage site in Cambodia, June 2013.

The 19th General Assembly of the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention held yesterday its first meeting opened by the UNESCO Director General.

The General Assembly elected Mr H.E. Mr. Karunaratne HANGAWATTE, Sri Lanka, as Chairperson of the 19th General Assembly, with Switzerland and Zimbabwe as Vice-chairpersons.

Mr Hassan AL-LAWATI, Oman, was elected as Rapporteur of the session.

The General Assembly has also elected the new members to fill 12 seats of the 21 member World Heritage Committee, namely: Croatia, Finland, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Turkey and Viet Nam.


38th session of the World Heritage Committee

A Host Country Agreement was signed today by H.E. Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed Al-Thani, Vice Chairman of the Qatar Museum Authority (QMA), and Mr. Eric Falt, Assistant Director-General of External Relations and Public Information on the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee that will take place in Doha (Qatar) in June 2014.

The signing took place in the presence of H.H.Sheikha Mayassa Al Thani, who was elected as Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee and Mr Kishore Rao, Director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre.

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