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18 July is Nelson Mandela International Day. Let's honour today those who fought and continue to fight for freedom, dignity and human rights. This struggle has never been more important in societies today that are weakened by rising and multiple tensions -- economic, social, political as well as climatic. More than ever, we must renew our commitment to the values of Nelson Mandela, a great humanist defender of the oppressed, who also honoured UNESCO as a Goodwill Ambassador, in order to build societies where every woman and man can live together in diversity and respect. For more info, copy and paste this link on your browser: http://on.unesco.org/2afm2cL #NelsonMandela #MandelaDay #ActionAgainstPoverty #Mandela #SouthAfrica #History #HumanRights #Madiba #Time2Serve
The Historic City of Yazd (Islamic Republic of Iran), has been inscribed on the World Heritage List . What do you know about this place? The City of Yazd is located in the middle of the Iranian plateau, 270 kilomtres southeast of Isfahan, close to the Spice and Silk Roads. It bears living testimony to the use of limited resources for survival in the desert. Water is supplied to the city through a qanat system developed to draw underground water. The earthen architecture of Yazd has escaped the modernization that destroyed many traditional earthen towns, retaining its traditional districts, the qanat system, traditional houses, bazars, hammams, mosques, synagogues, Zoroastrian temples and the historic garden of Dolat-abad. #WorldHeritage #41whc #Iran #Yazd #Heritage
The English Lake District (United Kingdon), is one of the new World Heritage sites 2017. What do you know about this place? Located in northwest England, the English Lake District is a mountainous area, whose valleys have been modelled by glaciers in the Ice Age and subsequently shaped by an agro-pastoral land-use system characterized by fields enclosed by walls. The combined work of nature and human activity has produced a harmonious landscape in which the mountains are mirrored in the lakes. Grand houses, gardens and parks have been purposely created to enhance the beauty of this landscape. This landscape was greatly appreciated from the 18th century onwards by the Picturesque and later Romantic movements, which celebrated it in paintings, drawings and words. It also inspired an awareness of the importance of beautiful landscapes and triggered early efforts to preserve them. #WorldHeritage #41whc #UK #LakeDistrict #Heritage
What do you know about the archaeological site of Aphrodisias, in #Turkey? This place has been inscribed yesterday on UNESCO World Heritage. Located in southwestern Turkey, in the upper valley of the Morsynus River, the site consists of two components: the archaeological site of Aphrodisias and the marble quarries northeast of the city. The temple of Aphrodite dates from the 3rd century BCE and the city was built one century later. The wealth of Aphrodisias came from the marble quarries and the art produced by its sculptors. The city streets are arranged around several large civic structures, which include temples, a theatre, an agora, and two bath complexes. #WorldHeritage #41whc #Turkey #Aphrodisias
Asmara: a Modernist City of Africa (Eritrea) Located at over 2000 metres above sea level, the capital of Eritrea developed from the 1890’s onwards as a military outpost for the Italian colonial power. After 1935, Asmara underwent a large scale programme of construction applying the Italian rationalist idiom of the time to governmental edifices, residential and commercial buildings, churches, mosques, synagogues, cinemas, hotels, etc. The property encompasses the area of the city that resulted from various phases of planning between 1893 and 1941, as well as the indigenous unplanned neighbourhoods of Arbate Asmera and Abbashawel. It is an exceptional example of early modernist urbanism at the beginning of the 20th century and its application in an African context. The World Heritage Committee session will continue until 12 July. Check out our account to discover the new sites. #WorldHeritage #Heritage #Eritrea #Asmara #Africa #41whc
Please meet Los Alerces National Park (Argentina), one of this year's new World Heritage sites. The Los Alerces National park is located in the Andes of northern Patagonia and has a western boundary, which coincides with the Chilean border. Successive glaciations have moulded the landscape in the region creating spectacular features such as moraines, glacial cirques and clear-water lakes. The vegetation is dominated by dense temperate forests, which give way to alpine meadows higher up under the rocky Andean peaks. The property is vital for the protection of some of the last portions of continuous Patagonian Forest in an almost pristine state and is the habitat for a number of endemic and threatened species of flora and fauna. The World Heritage Committee session will continue until 12 July. Check out our account to discover the new sites. #WorldHeritage #41whc #Argentina #Heritage #LosAlerces
“I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint”” Frida Kahlo. 6th July marks the 110th anniversary of the birthday of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. She was an artist who explored the female psyche with immense bravery and imagination, undaunted by excruciating physical handicaps. Frida Kahlo mostly painted self-portraits and her art was inspired by Mexican popular culture. After her death in 1954, aged only 47, Kahlo’s work remained quite unknown until the 1970s, when art historians and political activists rediscovered it. Today, Frida Kahlo is considered one of the major forces in 20th century art. On the anniversary of her birthday, we pay tribute to a live devoted to art and political struggle and we invite you all to read the article “Recalling a legend: the Frida Kahlo Museum”, published in Museum International magazine in 1996. To read the article, copy and paste this link in your browser: http://on.unesco.org/2sKAFkO (PDF) #FridaKahlo #Mexico #Art #Culture #110Frida #VivaLaFrida
GOOD NEWS! The World Heritage site of Comoé National Park in Côte d’Ivoire is no longer in danger! The World Heritage Committee meeting, undergoing in Krakow since 2 July, has decided today to take Comoé National Park, the Ivorian World Heritage site, off the List of World Heritage in Danger following improvements in the conservation of its fauna and habitat. The Committee congratulated Côte d’Ivoire for its work to fight poaching. It noted that populations of iconic species such as elephants and chimpanzees that were thought to have disappeared from the site are reproducing again and that the state of conservation of habitats is now very positive. Targets for fauna conservation have in fact been met and even surpassed. Comoé National Park is one of the largest protected areas in West Africa, is characterized by its great plant diversity. Due to the Comoé river, the site contains plants which are normally only found much farther south, such as shrub savannahs and patches of thick rainforest. If you want to know more, copy and paste this link in your browser: http://on.unesco.org/2slnMcJ #WorldHeritage #WorldHeritageInDanger #Heritage #NaturalHeritage #41whc #HeritageInDanger #Comoe #CoteDivoire #Africa #Nature
The 41st session of the World Heritage Committee is underway in Krakow, Poland, until July 12. The Committee members will examine the nomination of 33 sites for inscription on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Also, five already inscribed sites will be assessed with a view to place them on the World Heritage List in Danger. If you want to follow the latest updates from the Committee, copy & and paste this link on your browser: https://en.unesco.org/41whc #WorldHeritage #41WHC #Heritage #Krakow #Poland #HeritageInDanger #unite4heritage #culture #CulturalHeritage #NaturalHeritage #EndangeredHeritage #UNESCO Photo: Krakow Photo credit: Mark and Anna Wilson/shutterstock
On the occasion of our post #500, let's celebrate our shared heritage! Did you know that the Galápagos Islands was the first site ever inscribed on the World Heritage List? Situated in the Pacific Ocean some 1,000 km from the South American continent, these 19 islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’. Located at the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galápagos are a ‘melting pot’ of marine species. Ongoing seismic and volcanic activity reflects the processes that formed the islands. These processes, together with the extreme isolation of the islands, led to the development of unusual animal life – such as the land iguana, the giant tortoise and the many types of finch – that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection following his visit in 1835. #Galápagos #WorldHeritage #Ecuador #IslasGalápagos #Environment #Heritage #NaturalHeritage #LatinAmerica #UNESCO #WHC41 Photo credit: Fotos593/Shutterstock
Hey World, here's an important reminder: Education is the right for every woman, man & child. Sustainable Development Goal 4, education, is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda and essential for the success of all Sustainable Development Goals. National governments and the international community need to ensure quality education for all. This includes smart, innovative measures to reach young learners, as well as relevant education and training required to address common social, environmental and economic challenges across the world. Equal educational opportunity for girls and women is also critical in achieving gender equality, reducing child mortality, delaying marriage and generating female leaders. Precisely, today, at the UN Headquarters in New York, a High-Level event will aim at driving efforts and raise awareness on inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all. For more information, copy and paste this link on your browser: http://on.unesco.org/2tnYy1K #Education #EducationForAll #QualityEducation #SDG4 #SDG4Action #SDGs #2030Agenda #SustainableDevelopment #Youth #WomenEmporwement Photo: Children in a primary school in Batoufam, Cameroon. Photo credit: Akturer/Shutterstock
Please meet Giuseppina Nicolini, former Mayor of Lampedusa, one of the two laureates of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 2017. Giuseppina Nicolini has been recognized for her boundless humanity and unwavering commitment to refugee crisis management and integration in response to the arrival of thousands of refugees on the shores of Lampedusa and elsewhere in Italy. Both Ms Nicolini and SOS Méditerranée, the other laureate, recieve this award for their work to save the lives of refugees and migrants and welcome them with dignity. If you want to know more, copy a paste this link on your browser: http://on.unesco.org/2sfSeV0 #UNESCOPrixFHB #UNESCO #PeacePrize #Peace #SOSMediterranee #Lampedusa #GiussepinaNicolini #Italy #Refugees #RefugeesWelcome #WithRefugees #Migrants #Tolerance #Respect #HumanRights #FélixHouphouëtBoigny #HouphouëtBoigny
@sosmediterranee is one of the two laureates of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize 2017. SOS Méditerranée is a civic, European organization for the rescue of people in distress in the Mediterranean. Since launching its rescue operation in February 2016, the organization has saved more than 11,000 lives. Both SOS Méditerranée and Lampedusa's former Mayor, Giuseppina Nicolini, recieve this award for their work to save the lives of refugees and migrants and welcome them with dignity. If you want to know more, copy and paste this link on your browser: http://on.unesco.org/2sfSeV0 #UNESCOPrixFHB #UNESCO #PeacePrize #Peace #SOSMediterranee #Lampedusa #GiussepinaNicolini #Italy #Refugees #RefugeesWelcome #WithRefugees #Migrants #Tolerance #Respect #HumanRights #FélixHouphouëtBoigny #HouphouëtBoigny
Please, meet Magaly Solier, newest @unesco Artist for Peace. Magaly, a peruvian actress and singer, has been designated today in recognition of her efforts to protect and promote indigenous languages and music throughout her artistic career and for her commitment to the ideals of UNESCO. Born in a Quechua family in the Huanta Province (Ayacucho region), Peru, Magaly Solier Romero, artistic career reflects her commitment to peace, human rights, social justice, environmental protection, and rights for children to study in their mother tongue. Through her creations, she also expresses her support for the struggle against gender inequality and violence against women. One of her missions as a UNESCO Artist for Peace will be the promotion of the Year of Indigenous Languages in 2019, as well as the promotion of the UNESCO Atlas of languages, which is being prepared. UNESCO Artists for Peace are internationally-renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to help promote UNESCO’s message and programmes. UNESCO works with these distinguished personalities in order to heighten public awareness regarding key development issues and to inform the public what our Organization's action is in these fields. #UNESCOartistForPeace #ArtistForPeace #Peace #Arts #Artist #Singer #Music #Culture #Peru #UNESCO #IndigenousLanguages #GenderEquality
Share your photos📷 of @unesco Biosphere Reserves on @Wikipedia to inspire the world🌐. For more information, copy and paste this link 👉 wikilovesearth.bio #wikilovesearth #BiosphereReserves #Wikipedia #UNESCO #Earth #Nature #WorldEnvironmentDay #WithNature #ClimateChange #ActOnClimate #ParisAgreement #SustainableDevelopment #SDGs #Chile Image credit: Fray Jorge Biosphere Reserve, Chile. Thasebas, CC-BY-SA 4.0
21 June is International Day of Yoga. This occasion is an invitation to peace through a holistic and healthy lifestyle. Yoga means union -- harmony between the body and mind of each individual and the world. Awakening this sense of wholeness, Yoga reminds women and men of the values, dreams and needs they share with all others, providing them with strength to overcome conflict and promote peace. In this way, Yoga is a truly transformative force, a path to create more peaceful, just and harmonious societies. Let's celebrate today this essential humanism and the aspiration for all women and men to live in harmony with themselves, with others and with the planet. Happy Yoga Day! #YogaDay #IDY2017 #InternationalYogaDay #YogaDay2017 #Yoga #Peace #Health #Harmony #India #IntangibleHeritage
On World Refugee Day, we honour refugees' strength, courage & resilience in the quest for peace. In a moment where the world is undergoing the largest ever recorded forced movement and displacement of people, it is time to take a step forward and clearly state that we all stand #WithRefugees. And you? For more information, copy and paste this link: http://on.unesco.org/2rKE2I3 Photo by: @inasio_marin #WorldRefugeeDay #RefugeeDay #Refugees #RefugeesWelcome #Education #JoinTogether #GlobalGoals #UN4Refugees #LeaveNoOneBehind #Inclusion #Migration #Children
Only 50% of refugee children are estimated to be in primary school, and only 25% in secondary school. Girls are the most likely to be missing out, reinforcing their marginalization and vulnerability. Refugee children and adolescents are five times more likely to be out of school than their non-refugee peers. Ahead of World Refugee Day, let's remind everyone that the international community is not investing enough in the only response that can bring hope and opportunity: education. By simply being in school, children are better protected from trafficking, illegal adoption, child marriage, sexual exploitation and forced labour. They gain a renewed sense of belonging, of stability. Let's remove walls and fences and build together bridges of hope instead. Photo by: @inasio_marin #WithRefugees #RefugeeDay #Refugees #RefugeesWelcome #Education #JoinTogether #GlobalGoals #UN4Refugees #LeaveNoOneBehind #Inclusion #Migration #Children
Share your photos📷 of @unesco Biosphere Reserves on @Wikipedia to inspire the world🌐. For more information, copy and paste this link 👉 wikilovesearth.bio #wikilovesearth #BiosphereReserves #Wikipedia #UNESCO #Earth #Nature #WorldEnvironmentDay #WithNature #ClimateChange #ActOnClimate #ParisAgreement #SustainableDevelopment #SDGs #China Image credit: Huanglong Biosphere Reserve, China. Toni Wöhrl, CC-BY-SA 4.0
Let's talk about the human face of migration. For the majority of the 244 million international migrants across the world*, including some 20 million refugees, migration was a necessity not an option. The circumstances underlying their movement have generated additional challenges to their inclusion in receiving societies. We have to develop appropriate policies at the local, national and global levels requires a better understanding of the implications of human mobility. We have to listen to migrants’ stories reveals the human face of this global phenomenon and contributes, through a ‘cathartic’ experience, to delegitimize established prejudices and stereotypes. These are some of the major issues to be tackled during the upcoming conference "The Human Face of Migration: Historical Perspectives, Testimonies and Policy Considerations", organized at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, on 15 June 2017. Would you like to know more? Just copy and paste this link on your browser: http://on.unesco.org/2tiraoN #Migration #InternationalMigration #Migrants #Refugees #HumanRights #WelcomingCities #Inclusion #UNESCO #UNU #SocialTransformations Image: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 | Dominic Chavez/World Bank * International Migration Report 2015,