• September 19, 2018

    UNESCO added Kenya’s Lake Turkana to its World Heritage Site Endangered List in June 2018, a sign it believes the iconic lake’s survival is at risk. Experts believe it is drying up largely because of the Gibe III dam , which lies upstream in Ethiopia and was completed in 2016.

  • February 27, 2018

    Four of Ethiopia's World Heritage Sites – the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the Aksum Obelisk, Fasil Ghebbi in Gondar and the Tiya stelae – are to undergo repairs this year.

  • December 7, 2017

    The UN has designated the years 2021 to 2030 as the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’ to boost international coordination and cooperation in research and scientific programmes for better management of ocean and coastal zone resources and the reduction of maritime risks.

  • August 24, 2017

    Remembering the universal demand for freedom that led to the 1791 insurrection by slaves in what is now Haiti, the head of the United Nations cultural and educational agency yesterday marked the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its abolition by emphasising  the importance of teaching this history to young people.

  • May 1, 2017

    Marking International Jazz Day, yesterday. the United Nations cultural agency emphasised the power of jazz to unite people and its contribution to peace.

  • March 30, 2017

    Efforts to protect the territory of a vulnerable uncontacted tribe from rampant illegal deforestation have received a boost with the opening of talks between the Paraguayan government and tribal representatives.

  • December 18, 2013

    Paraguay has quietly granted cattle ranchers a license to bulldoze a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve which is also the last refuge of uncontacted Ayoreo Indians.

  • September 27, 2012

    The UN Secretary-General has announced the securing of $1.5 billion for a new initiative to increase access to, and quality of education for children worldwide.

  • December 4, 2011

    An Amazonian tribe’s fishing ritual has been recognised by UNESCO as one of humanity’s priceless treasures

  • November 4, 2011

    The UNESCO motto proclaims proudly that it stands for “Building peace in the minds of men and women”. In a world where ethics are sorely wanting and need reconstruction, and where local issues are interlocked with regional ones, Dr Harry Hagopian hopes that Palestine will be seen as contributing toward this lofty ideal and not digressing from it, let alone being coerced to detract from it.