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Wednesday Was a Big Day
for the French Baguette
Nov 30, 2022 2:45 PM CST
Wednesday Was a Big Day for the French Baguette
Bread received UNESCO heritage status
- The announcement was celebrated in the most appropriate way, per Axios : with baguettes waved in the air. (See photo evidence here .) UNESCO on Wednesday voted to add the baguette to its "intangible cultural heritage" list, which now numbers 600 items. Reuters notes that some 16 million baguettes are...
Australia to UN: Don't Label
Great Barrier Reef 'Endangered'
Nov 29, 2022 12:25 PM CST
Australia to UN: Don't Label Great Barrier Reef 'Endangered'
Nation's environment chief says new government is doing much better on climate change
- Australia's environment minister said Tuesday her government will lobby against UNESCO adding the Great Barrier Reef to a list of endangered World Heritage sites, arguing that criticisms of government inaction on climate change were outdated. Officials from the UN cultural agency and the International Union for Conservation of Nature...
Damaged in Ukraine
Apr 3, 2022 10:50 AM CDT
UNESCO Counts Cultural Sites Damaged in Ukraine
UN agency has reminded Russia of its obligation to avoid harming protected places
- While the fighting rages in Ukraine, UNESCO is assessing the damage being inflicted on the nation's cultural sites. The agency announced that it's confirmed damage during the Russian invasion to at least 53 sites through Saturday, NPR reports, mostly in the north or east of Ukraine. "This...
7 Die in Peru Plane Crash
Feb 5, 2022 12:05 PM CST
7 Die in Peru Plane Crash
Group was heading to famous Nazca lines, officials say
- Seven people from three countries died Friday in a plane crash over the famous Nazca Lines in Peru, according to Reuters . The plane carried three Dutch tourists, two Chilean tourists, a Peruvian pilot, and a Peruvian co-pilot, the
reports. The Cessna 207 plane was owned by a tourism company...
Saga of Looted
Comes to an End
Dec 8, 2021 12:14 PM CST
Saga of Looted Gilgamesh Tablet Comes to an End
3,500-year-old tablet bearing portion of Epic of Gilgamesh now in Baghdad
- A small clay tablet dating back 3,500 years and bearing a portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh that was looted from an Iraqi museum 30 years ago was formally returned to Iraq on Tuesday, following a September repatriation ceremony in Washington, DC. The AP reports the $1.7 million...
For Only the 3rd Time, a Site
Loses World Heritage Status
Jul 21, 2021 9:29 AM CDT
For Only the 3rd Time, a Site Loses World Heritage Status
UNESCO blames developments in Liverpool city center, England
- 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, per the AP . It is now only the third site to lose its World Heritage status since the list began in 1978, per the BBC...
After UNESCO Warning,
a Big Move in Venice
Jul 14, 2021 7:23 AM CDT
After UNESCO Warning, a Big Move in Venice
Cruise ships, other large vessels will no longer be permitted to sail into city's lagoon
- Giant cruise ships filled with tourists will no longer float past St. Mark's Square, or Piazza San Marco, in Venice after Italy put the kibosh on the longtime practice to protect the lagoon in which the city sits. Starting Aug. 1, cruise liners or other large ships, including yachts,...
UNESCO's Plan to Rebuild From
ISIS Doesn't Go Over Well
Jun 28, 2021 8:49 AM CDT
UNESCO's Plan to Rebuild From ISIS Doesn't Go Over Well
Critics of Mosul landmark getting rebuilt after ISIS destruction say plan ignores Iraq's heritage
- A UNESCO competition to rebuild devastated landmarks in one of the world's oldest cities isn't going over well. The UN agency launched its "Revive the Spirit of Mosul" project after the Islamic State occupied the Iraqi city from 2014 to 2017, wreaking havoc on its heritage sites,...
UN Warning on
Great Barrier Reef
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Jun 26, 2021 1:50 PM CDT
UN Warning on Great Barrier Reef Stuns Australia
Government to fight placement of World Heritage Site on UNESCO's 'in danger' list
- The UN's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization wants the Great Barrier Reef added to a list of World Heritage Sites that are "in danger," while calling on Australia to address climate change with "accelerated action at all possible levels." Australia's government says it's...
Ukraine Suggests Chernobyl
Should Land on List of Wonders
Apr 26, 2021 3:21 PM CDT
Ukraine Suggests Chernobyl Should Land on List of Wonders
UNESCO designation could bring in tourists and spread a message of hope
- The Great Barrier Reef. The Grand Canyon. The Great Wall of China. The Galapagos Islands. Chernobyl. One of these things is not like the others, but the gap could close if Ukraine gets its way. Monday is the 35th anniversary of the worst nuclear disaster the world has seen: The...
an 'Act of War'
Apr 24, 2021 11:00 AM CDT
In Italy, an 'Act of War' Over Espresso
A bid for UN acknowledgement is foiled by a feud between north and south
- Coffee is serious business in Italy, and espresso in particular. Drinking it "is a way of life," per a post at euronews . No big surprise, then, that the nation is seeking to have its espresso tradition enshrined as a unique cultural treasure by a UN agency. But as...
Battle Is Over Borscht
Oct 22, 2020 5:35 PM CDT
New Ukraine-Russia Battle Is Over Borscht
Ukraine wants UNESCO to recognize dish as 'intangible cultural heritage'
- While it may not rival the intractable hummus conflicts of the Middle East or the battles over baklava from Greece to Iran, a borscht dispute is simmering between Ukraine and Russia. Kyiv chef Yevhen Klopotenko has spearheaded an effort to have the beloved beet soup recognized as Ukraine's "...
'Extensive' Attack Carried Out
Against 70 Museum Treasures
Oct 21, 2020 9:25 AM CDT
'Extensive' Attack Carried Out Against 70 Museum Treasures
Berlin's Museum Island targeted on anniversary of German reunification
- At least 70 artifacts and artworks were targeted almost three weeks ago in what German newspaper
describes as "one of the most extensive attacks on works of art and antiquities in the history of post-war Germany," per Deutsche Welle . The attack on Berlin's Museum Island,...
Jubilation, Dismay at Status
Change of Turkish Landmark
Jul 10, 2020 11:42 AM CDT
Jubilation, Dismay at Status Change of Turkish Landmark
Muslims thrilled Hagia Sophia to be reconverted to a mosque; Orthodox Christians, not so much
- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday reconverted Istanbul’s sixth-century Hagia Sophia into a mosque and declared it open to Muslim worship, hours after a court annulled a 1934 decision that had turned it into a museum. The decision to reconvert Hagia Sophia—a former cathedral that was turned...
Death of Popular
Rare Gorilla Could
Jun 13, 2020 8:15 AM CDT
Death of Popular Rare Gorilla Could Be Devastating for Others
Gorilla group left behind after Rafiki allegedly killed by poacher in Uganda may be left 'unstable'
- About half of the world's mountain gorillas can be found in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. That number has just fallen by one, after local wildlife authorities say a male gorilla popular with tourists was killed by a poacher, per Reuters and the BBC . The Uganda Wildlife Authority...
Israel, US to UN Agency:
We're Outta Here
Jan 1, 2019 2:47 PM CST
Israel, US to UN Agency: We're Outta Here
Now it's official: They're out of UNESCO
- The US and Israel officially quit the UN's educational, scientific, and cultural agency at the stroke of midnight, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago amid concerns that the organization fosters anti-Israel bias, the AP reports. The withdrawal is mainly procedural yet serves a new...
Potential Billion-Dollar Treasure
Triggers a Letter From the UN
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Apr 29, 2018 10:40 AM CDT
Potential Billion-Dollar Treasure Triggers a Letter From the UN
UNESCO fears Colombia plans to commercially exploit the wreck of the San Jose
- The United Nations cultural agency on Friday called on Colombia not to commercially exploit the 300-year-old wreck of the Spanish galleon San Jose, which is believed to contain a cargo worth billions of dollars. A UNESCO experts' body protecting underwater cultural heritage on Friday sent a letter to Colombian Culture...
Truck Driver Leaves Road,
Scars Ancient Nazca Lines
Feb 1, 2018 8:33 AM CST
Truck Driver Leaves Road, Scars Ancient Nazca Lines
Prosecutors hope he'll be punished
- Following in the footsteps of tomb raiders, illegal miners , and Greenpeace , a truck driver is the latest to be accused of damaging Peru's ancient Nazca Lines. The country's Culture Ministry says Jainer Jesús Flores Vigo, 40, left "deep scars" across "three straight lined geoglyphs" and...
Finally, Pizza Officially
Recognized as Art Form
Dec 7, 2017 5:04 PM CST
Finally, Pizza Officially Recognized as Art Form
It's part of the 'intangible cultural heritage of humanity'
- The city of Naples, often in headlines because of its garbage woes and mafia violence, is celebrating international recognition of its tastier side, the AP reports. UNESCO on Thursday added the art of the Neapolitan pizza maker, or "pizzaiuolo," to its list of "intangible cultural heritage of...
Why the US Is Withdrawing
Oct 12, 2017 11:31 AM CDT
Why the US Is Withdrawing From UNESCO
State Department sees anti-Israel bias, also wants to keep back-dues bill from mounting
- The US has long had dicey relations with the UN cultural organization UNESCO, and those relations have just taken another sour turn. The State Department announced Thursday that the US is pulling out of the organization at the end of next year, citing what it sees as an anti-Israel bias,...
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