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  • High-Level Thematic Debate of the General Assembly: "Putting sustainable and resilient tourism at th...

    Description: The United Nations General Assembly has met for a first ever dedicated session on tourism and its key role in inclusive recovery and growth. The High-Level Thematic Debate was convened by the President of the General Assembly, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). In the General Assembly Hall, government representatives joined public and private stakeholders in recognizing tourism’s unique ability to drive positive change.

    Introduction: As part of the "long journey" to recover from the ravages of COVID-19, UN General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid highlighted on May 4 the need to build a more sustainable, resilient, and responsible global tourism sector. Since the COVID-19 pandemic ground the entire tourism sector to a halt, dea...
  • Ocean: UNESCO launches emergency plan to boost World Heritage-listed reefs’ resilience

    Description: All World Heritage-listed reefs are at risk of disappearing by the end of this century. On the occasion of the Our Ocean Conference in Palau, Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General, announces an emergency plan to give them the best chance of survival, with the support of the Global Fund for Coral Reefs. She also calls for an international mobilization to prevent coral reef extinction.

    Introduction: The partnership between UNESCO and the UN-led private/public Global Fund for Coral Reefs will step up investment for climate resilience strategies across World Heritage-listed reefs in developing countries. The actions will focus on reducing local drivers of degradation, strengthening the sustainabl...
  • Developing practice-led research in the Heritage Place Lab

    Description: Research-practice teams from eight World Heritage properties across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America joined the pilot phase of this unique online incubator last year. Now they are preparing their practice-led research agendas, with plans to publish their insights and achievements.

    Introduction: Launched in May 2021, the Heritage Place Lab is a capacity building activity from the ICCROM-IUCN World Heritage Leadership (WHL) programme, focused on strengthening networks across research and site management within the context of implementing the World Heritage Convention. It aims to facilitat...
  • ITC 2022 Call for Applications

    Description: The International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage is a follow-up of the recommendations adopted at the Special Thematic Session on Risk Management for Cultural Heritage held at UN-WCDR (World Conference on Disaster Reduction) in January 2005 in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. One of these recommendations advocated the need for the academic community to develop scientific research, education and training programs incorporating cultural heritage, in both its tangible and intangible manifestations, into disaster risk management. The importance of strengthening knowledge, innovation and education to build a culture of disaster prevention at WH properties was reiterated by the World Heritage Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, Lithuania, July 2006). Till now, 165 professionals from 68 countries have been trained through this annual course.

    Introduction: Dates 18th of August to 13th of October 2022 (Two online sessions of 150 minutes each will be held on Mondays and Thursdays, and one mentoring session on Fridays of every week for 8 weeks) Time: 8:30-11:00 (CET/Summer), 15:30-18:00 (JST) This year, ITC will focus on the role of traditional kno...
  • English-Chinese translation of ICOMOS International Charter for Cultural Heritage Tourism (2021) is ...

    Description: ICOMOS International Charter for Cultural Heritage Tourism (2021): Reinforcing cultural heritage protection and community resilience through responsible and sustainable tourism management was approved by the ICOMOS ADCOMSC and ADCOM on October 27 and November 3 2021 respectively, and is to be adopted at the ICOMOS General Assembly 2022. The English-Chinese version of the Charter is conducted by Zhang Rouran, Vice President of ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Committee (ICTC), and proofread by the secretariat of the ICOMOS China. The draft of translation is completed by Zhong Yingqiu, Liu Guoqiao and Wang Jianing of the ICTC Emerging Professionals.

    Introduction: The new Charter is a comprehensive revision and update of the International Council on Monuments and Sites’ International Charter on Cultural Tourism (1999). In addition to recognizing the over-exploitation of cultural heritage sites and tourist destinations by tourism, the Charter is formulated aga...
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