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    • River of tolerance

      River of tolerance

      UNESCO is the patron of the youth art festival River of Tolerance, held under the motto Shared Art in the Balkans - Traditions and Contemporaneity, announced the organisers from 13 Centuries of Bulgaria National Endowment Fund (NEF).

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    • Tigray rebels take control of UNESCO heritage site Lalibela

      Tigray rebels take control of UNESCO heritage site Lalibela

      Rebels from Ethiopia's war-hit region of Tigray swept into Lalibela on Thursday, raising fears for the safety of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, famed for its 12th-century rock-hewn churches, news wires reported. The push by the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) into the regions of Afar and Amhara, where Lalibela is located, is the latest turn in a months-long conflict pitting PM Abiy Ahmed against the rebels. The fighting has forced about 250,000 people to leave.

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    • UNESCO adds French city of Nice to its world heritage list

      UNESCO adds French city of Nice to its world heritage list

      UNESCO announced in a tweet on Tuesday that it had added the French Mediterranean city of Nice to its world heritage list, AFP reported. The United Nation's cultural organisation calls Nice, famous for its mild climate, the "Winter resort town of the Riviera". Nice joins France's more than 40 world heritage sites which include the banks of the river Seine in Paris, the Amiens cathedral, the Mont Saint Michel and stretches of the Loire Valley.

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    • Venice will not be placed on UNESCO's list of heritage site in danger

      Venice will not be placed on UNESCO's list of heritage site in danger

      Venice and its lagoon environment avoided placement on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites in danger on Thursday following Italy’s ban on massive cruise ships traveling through the city’s historic center, AP reported. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, meeting in China, instead has asked Italy to submit by December 2022 an update on efforts to protect Venice from excessive tourism, population decline and other issues that will be considered at a meeting in 2023. Preservation groups immediately criticized the decision.

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    • Liverpool stripped of Unesco World Heritage status

      Liverpool stripped of Unesco World Heritage status

      Liverpool has been stripped of its World Heritage status after a UN committee found developments threatened the value of the city's waterfront, news wires reported. The decision was made following a secret ballot by the Unesco committee at a meeting in China. Unesco had said that some the developments resulted in a "serious deterioration" of the historic site.

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    • Heated debates on new UNESCO list of World Heritage sites kick off

      Heated debates on new UNESCO list of World Heritage sites kick off

      The world heritage committee of the UN's cultural agency UNESCO starts debating on Friday its list of World Heritage sites, with Australia and Britain furious over looming changes to the status of the Great Barrier Reef and Liverpool city. Nearly 50 new sites could be added to the over 1,100 listed worldwide by UNESCO as World Heritage, during two weeks of online meetings hosted by China, AFP reported. The agenda is particularly heavy after last year's meeting was cancelled because of the Covid pandemic.

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    • Australia will fight UN downgrade of Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage status

      Australia will fight UN downgrade of Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage status

      Australia said Tuesday it will fight against plans to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage status due to climate change, while environmentalists have applauded the UN World Heritage Committee’s proposal, AP reported. The committee said in a draft report on Monday that “there is no possible doubt” that the network of colorful corals off Australia’s northeast coast was “facing ascertained danger.”

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    • Venice at risk, UNESCO calls for permanent ban of cruise ships

      Venice at risk, UNESCO calls for permanent ban of cruise ships

      Venice's survival will be even more in peril if the lagoon city doesn't issue a permanent ban on cruise ships docking there, UNESCO said on Monday. The UN art heritage body said it would examine a proposal to put Venice on its endangered list at its plenary session on16-31 July, ANSA reported. If approved, it would demand urgent action by the Italian government by next February.

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