Cultural traditions in Portugal, Uganda and Ukraine added to UNESCO heritage protection list

With the current session of the United Nations committee tasked with safeguarding intangible cultural heritage under way, three cultural elements in Portugal, Uganda and Ukraine have been inscribed to the United Nations list of cultural traditions in need of urgent protection.

UN committee on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage opens session in Ethiopia

More than 300 artists and performers showcased the wealth of Ethiopia’s intangible cultural heritage in Addis Ababa on Sunday ahead of today’s opening of the 11th session of the United Nations Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

UNESCO adds four new sites to World Heritage List

From rock art to an ancient water management system, the United Nations cultural agency today inscribed four new sites in China, India, Iran and Micronesia on its World Heritage List.

UNESCO and Italy to create task force for cultural heritage conservation in crises

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) plans to sign an agreement with the Government of Italy tomorrow to establish a task force of experts focusing on the conservation of cultural heritage affected by crises around the world.

UNESCO unveils global campaign to counter deliberate destruction of cultural heritage

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today launched the Global Coalition Unite for Heritage campaign, which aims to strengthen the mobilization of governments and all heritage stakeholders in the face of deliberate damage to cultural heritage, particularly in the Middle East.

As World Heritage Committee opens session, UNESCO urges protection of sites targeted for destruction

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) strongly appealed for the international community to help counter the emerging threat of violent extremism and cultural cleansing, in remarks to the opening of the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee today in Bonn, Germany.

DR Congo: UN official condemns attack on Virunga National Park director

A senior United Nations official today condemned the attack against the chief warden of Virunga National Park, and urged the international community to support the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in protecting not only its World Heritage sites but also those who safeguard them.

Writings from Israel, Nepal and Myanmar included in UNESCO world register

Documentation on Holocaust victims, a collection of Buddhist scriptures written on stones from Myanmar, two rare manuscripts from Nepal and diaries belonging to Ernesto Che Guevara, are among 54 new additions to the UN educational and cultural agency’s Memory of the World Register.

UNESCO adds another seven items to list of intangible cultural heritage

Traditional ceramics from Romania, Bedouin chanted poetry from Oman, and a Venezuelan ‘devil dance’ are some of the latest items added to a United Nations-endorsed list of the world’s tangible cultural heritage – part of the world body’s ongoing efforts to preserve endangered practices from fading into extinction.

Birthplace of Jesus placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage in Danger List

The Church of the Nativity, which sits on a site in Bethlehem that is identified by Christian tradition as the birthplace of Jesus, was inscribed today on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Scientific, Cultural, and Educational Organization (UNESCO), as well as on the list of sites in danger.