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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. The purpose of UNESCO is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the UN Charter.



Las publicaciones de la UNESCO serán de acceso libre a partir de julio de 2013
20 new Biosphere Reserves added to UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme
UNESCO: Flexible learning for inclusive education


World Heritage Sustainable Tourism Toolkit

Tourism Assessment Tool?


Key Links

New properties


Communication and Information


open data / budget

The World Heritage Fund amounts to US$3 million annually to support activities decided by the World Heritage Committee, related to International Assistance, State of Conservations and Nominations.It includes compulsory and voluntary contributions from the States Parties, as well as from private donations. The World Heritage Committee allocates funds according to the urgency of requests, priority being given to the most threatened sites.

UNESCO’s Work on Culture and Sustainable Development Evaluation of a Policy Theme Evaluation Office
November 2015


Cultural Diversity Under Attack

The intensity and the number of attacks against cultural heritage have increased significantly in recent years, particularly in the Middle East and Africa. The persecution of individuals for cultural or religious reasons, combined with the systematic destruction of their cultural heritage, has marked the emergence of a form of cultural cleansing that is unprecedented in recent history.

In this context, UNESCO organized a High-Level conference and technical meeting to highlight the importance of protecting culture.


World Heritage Sites - Use the UNESCO World Heritage app to explore all the World Heritage sites at home or while on your travels, choosing your favourites and marking them off as you visit them. The app is published by Harper Collins Publishers and developed by Aimer Media in partnership with UNESCO World Heritage Centre.



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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


UNESCO Heritage Sites




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El Programa MOST apoya a los Estados miembros de Latinoamerica y Caribe para que mejoren sus procesos de políticas públicas. #MOSTdesigualdades

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UNESCO - Google News
UNESCO - Google News


Lima Action Plan for UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves (2016-2025)


Kudos to UNESCO for implementing many of the recommendations in its own 2012 Paris OER Declaration:
  • d. Promote the understanding and use of open licensing frameworks.
  • g. Encourage the development and adaptation of OER in a variety of languages and cultural contexts.
  • i. Facilitate finding, retrieving and sharing of OER.
  • j. Encourage the open licensing of educational materials produced with public funds.
The 2012 Paris OER Declaration was formally adopted at the 2012 World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 20 – 22 June 2012.
Déclaration de Paris sur les REL 2012 (French)
Declaración de París de 2012 sobre los REA (Spanish)
إعلان باريس لعام 2012 بشأن الموارد التعليمية المفتوحة (Arabic)
2012年开放式教育资源巴黎宣言 (Chinese)


June 24 - July 6 For the first time UNESCO's World Heritage Committee proceedings are available via live streaming from the World Heritage Centre's website.

June 2012 Open Educational Resources
Instructions on how to use the platform are available here

October 27 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.

La Reserva de la Biosfera El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar ha sido declarada Patrimonio Mundial

The UNESCO General Conference adopted the World Heritage Convention on 16 November 1972. In the 40 years since then, 936 sites have been inscribed on the World Heritage List and 188 countries have committed to preserving this heritage for future generations. Visit the NEW 40th anniversary webpages for specific stories of how the World Heritage Convention has made a difference in protecting the world's most valuable cultural and natural sites, and to see the calendar

World Heritage criteria
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can be nominated.

In Danger List

Buzzword Bingo

Tentative List

Recommended Listening

Sicilian mosaics in disrepair despite UNESCO listing - The stunning mosaics of Piazza Armerina in Sicily were classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1997. Despite funding and a plan for restoration, the site remains in disrepair with little work in progress. Naomi Fowler investigates.

Key Links

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

World Heritage Center - UNESCO

Map of World Heritage Sites

Man and the Biosphere Program - UNESCO

MAB - Activities

MAB World Network of Biosphere Reserves

International Flows of Selected Cultural Goods and Services, 1994-2003 ... ows_EN.pdf


Cologne Angered By UNESCO Criticism - Deutsche Welle,214 ... 85,00.html

UNESCO News: Education and Culture

Google News

Yahoo News Search

The 31st session of the World Heritage
Committee, Christchurch, New Zealand, 23 June to 2 July 2007.

Event Website

Media releases ... s_Releases

Four new cultural sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List
Galapagos and Niokolo-Koba National Park inscribed on UNESCO's List of World Heritage in Danger
Florida Everglades and Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve removed from Danger List
World Heritage Committee opening in Christchurch celebrates Pacific Heritage

UNESCO launched the Memory of the World Programme in 1992. New Zealand’s Memory of the World Programme was established in 2010 and is an example of the international community working to promote the importance of documentary heritage through UNESCO. This UNESCO programme sits alongside UNESCO’s World Heritage List and Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Memory of the World Programme register is the flagship and promotes the nation’s heritage stories to the wider community in New Zealand and overseas.

USA-UNESCO Relations

October 2017 - On Thursday, the State Department confirmed the US' decision to leave the United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization by December 2018, citing an "anti-Israel bias." The United States will maintain its presence at UNESCO as an observer state.Twitter moment
Six years ago, the United States cut off more than $80 million a year, about 22 percent of UNESCO's entire budget, in reprisal for the organization’s acceptance of Palestine as a member. The Obama administration said it had to cut funds because a 1990s-era law prohibits U.S. funding for any U.N. agencies recognizing Palestine as a state. As a result of U.S. funding cuts, arrears have been swelling each year, surpassing $500 million owed to UNESCO.
Ronald Reagan's administration withdraw from the organization in 1984 and President George W. Bush rejoined the organization in 2002.

Recent Events

Sep 20-21 Copenhagen
international expert workshop on the World Heritage Convention and Indigenous Peoples is being organized by the Danish Agency for Culture with the theme "How to ensure that the implementation of the World Heritage Convention is consistent with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples"

What does responsible tourism look like in Mexico City? @MexicoCity @UNESCO

The New UNESCO House in Paris