Latest United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization News

UNESCO urges Afghanistan to preserve educational gains

Sep. 10, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — As the Taliban government takes power in Afghanistan, the United Nations' educational organization warned on Friday about risks to access to education, especially for girls and women. A new report by UNESCO found that student enrollment multiplied tenfold...

Tigray forces vow 'warm welcome' in face of new offensive

Aug. 06, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s spreading Tigray conflict faced a dangerous escalation Friday as an Amhara regional official said Amhara forces will launch an offensive on Saturday against Tigray forces who have entered the region and taken control of a town hosting a UNESCO World...

Bologna's porticoes are added to UNESCO's Heritage List

Jul. 28, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Bologna’s extensive porticoes, dating back to the 13th century and still very much part of the city’s everyday life, have been added to the World Heritage List. At a meeting in China on Wednesday, the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, the U.N. culture...

Brazil landscape garden earns UNESCO world heritage status

Jul. 27, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Globally renowned for its natural beauty, Rio de Janeiro received a new international distinction Tuesday as UNESCO added landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx’s former home to its list of World Heritage sites. The Sitio Burle Marx in western...

Romania's Roman gold mines get UNESCO heritage status

Jul. 27, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

BUCHAREST (AP) — Ancient Roman mining galleries in a mountainous Romanian region that has been at the center of a long, fierce battle between a Canadian mining company and environmentalists were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list Tuesday. Rosia Montana, located in...

Madrid's Retiro park, Prado avenue join World Heritage list

Jul. 25, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Madrid’s tree-lined Paseo del Prado boulevard and the adjoining Retiro park have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, holding an online meeting from Fuzhou, China, backed the candidacy on Sunday that...

Australia avoids UNESCO downgrade of Great Barrier Reef

Jul. 25, 2021 03:18 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Friday garnered enough international support to defer an attempt by the United Nations’ cultural organization to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage status because of damage caused by climate change. UNESCO had...

Venice avoids designation as UNESCO heritage site in danger

Jul. 22, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Venice and its lagoon environment avoided placement on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites in danger Thursday following Italy’s ban on massive cruise ships traveling through the city's historic center. Preservation groups immediately criticized the decision by UNESCO's...

UNESCO chides Australia over Great Barrier Reef proposal

Jul. 22, 2021 07:29 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese host of this year's meeting of the U.N. World Heritage Committee has defended the body's proposal to label the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger” against Australian government suspicion that China influenced the finding for political reasons. ...

Fury cross the Mersey: Liverpool loses world heritage status

Jul. 21, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Civic leaders in Liverpool expressed outrage Wednesday after the English port city was stripped of its World Heritage status by the United Nations’ culture organization. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee voted in a secret ballot to remove the...