cultural heritage

UNESCO expresses deep regret over Turkey decision to change status of historic Hagia Sophia

As the Turkish President signed a decree on Friday converting the ancient Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque, the UN cultural agency (UNESCO) said that it "deeply regrets the decision" made "without prior discussion", having earlier in the day called on the State to abide by its “legal commitments and obligations” in accordance with it’s status as a museum, on the World Heritage List.

UNESCO urges caution over fraudulent African artefacts, sold in its name

The UN on Wednesday revealed the existence of an illicit trafficking scam in African cultural artefacts, which are being sold to unsuspecting buyers, thanks to the entirely fake UNESCO stamp they come with.

UN cultural agency chief meets with Iran ambassador amid current tensions

The current tensions across the Middle East and Gulf region and their potential implications for cultural heritage sites were the focus of a meeting on Monday between the head of the UN’s cultural agency, UNESCO, and a senior diplomat from Iran. 

News in Brief 16 April 2019

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UNESCO on standby to help France rebuild Notre Dame

At least two-thirds of the roof of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris “is gone” after the devastating fire in Paris, but UN cultural experts have told UN News they are standing by to help the French Government rebuild the iconic structure.

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UNESCO lists wrestling, reggae and raiho-shin rituals as global treasures to be preserved

From Jamaican reggae to Georgian wrestling and Japanese rituals, the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, added six new elements to its list of "intangible heritage" for the world to treasure on Thursday, further improving the visibility of often little-known and understood arts traditions.

Protecting culture promotes peace and security: UNESCO

The rise in terrorism is posing a challenge to global efforts to safeguard cultural heritage and identity.

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UN determined to bring peace to Mali despite attacks: UN chief

Attacks against peacekeepers in Mali will not weaken the UN’s resolve to support the country in its quest for peace, the UN chief warned on Wednesday.

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“Cultural cleansing” by terrorists is a war crime: UNESCO chief

The destruction of cultural heritage by terrorists, described as “cultural cleansing” by the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is a war crime.

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Cultural sites in the Middle East face “unprecedented” destruction

Cultural sites in war-torn areas of the Middle East have been facing an “unprecedented” level of destruction, according to a representative from the UN cultural agency, UNESCO.

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