World Heritage Review

World Heritage magazine presents and promotes the preservation of our World Heritage, with detailed feature articles and news items about the most outstanding cultural and natural sites around the world. This magazine is particularly designed to reflect and enhance UNESCO’s dedication to World Heritage sites; our legacy from the past, our responsibility for the present and our duty to future generations.

World Heritage magazine is published jointly by UNESCO and Publishing for Development and printed four times a year in English, French and Spanish. The publication presents and promotes the preservation of our World Heritage, with detailed feature articles and news items about the most outstanding cultural and natural sites around the world. This magazine is particularly designed to reflect and enhance UNESCO’s dedication to World Heritage sites; our legacy from the past, our responsibility for the present and our duty to future generations.

By subscribing to World Heritage you will help to raise awareness about the need to preserve our common heritage.



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World Heritage magazine presents and promotes the preservation of our World Heritage, with detailed feature articles and news items about the most outstanding cultural and natural sites around the...

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World Heritage magazine presents and promotes the preservation of our World Heritage, with detailed feature articles and news items about the most outstanding cultural and natural sites around the...

World Heritage Review 52: Earth heritage : A common past… and future
World Heritage Review 52: Earth heritage : A common past… and future
This issue of World Heritage is devoted to a number of truly extraordinary World Heritage sites that allow a better understanding of the history of the Earth and the formation of landscape. It is no...

World Heritage Review 54: Astronomy and World Heritage
World Heritage Review 54: Astronomy and World Heritage
The year 2009, designated International Year of Astronomy by the 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, marks both the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's The Origin...

World Heritage Review 60: World Heritage in the Gulf Region
World Heritage Review 60: World Heritage in the Gulf Region
This special issue is devoted entirely to World Heritage sites belonging to members of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf. It thus offers a unique opportunity to discover the rich...

World Heritage Review 61: World Heritage Forests
World Heritage Review 61: World Heritage Forests
Forests, like mountains and oceans, play a critical role in the balance of world climate (as well as in vital carbon capture and retention) and thus in the survival of our species, hence the United...

World Heritage Review 64: World Heritage in the Russian Federation
World Heritage Review 64: World Heritage in the Russian Federation
We are happy to publish this special issue dedicated to the World Heritage sites of the Russian Federation on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, which the Committee...

World Heritage Review 65: Sustainable Development
World Heritage Review 65: Sustainable Development
The issues of World Heritage published during 2012 have largely been devoted to commemorating the adoption of the World Heritage Convention forty years ago, in 1972. This has not been a...

World Heritage Review 66: Small Island Developing States
World Heritage Review 66: Small Island Developing States
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are islands of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. The UNESCO World Heritage Programme for Small Island Developing States coordinates...

World Heritage Review 67: World Heritage and Best Practices
World Heritage Review 67: World Heritage and Best Practices
World Heritage: cooperation, communication and capacity building The inscription of a site can result in specific preservation challenges, making skilled and sustainable management practices crucial...

World Heritage Review 68: World Heritage in Cambodia
World Heritage Review 68: World Heritage in Cambodia
The 37th session of the World Heritage Committee will be held from 16 to 27 June 2013 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This issue explores in the depth the sites of Angkor, one of the most important...

World Heritage Review 69: World Heritage agricultural landscapes
World Heritage Review 69: World Heritage agricultural landscapes
Agricultural landscapes are a testimony to humanity’s long interaction with the land, often unique examples of people and nature coexisting and influencing each other. They demonstrate a rich cultural...

World Heritage Review 70: Synergies to Protect Sites
World Heritage Review 70: Synergies to Protect Sites
At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed that the conservation of biodiversity was one of the cornerstones of sustainable development....

World Heritage Review 71: World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism
World Heritage Review 71: World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism
The World Heritage Convention arose from the need to identify and protect outstanding natural and cultural sites for future generations. Over time, the effectiveness of the Convention has led to an...

World Heritage Review 72: Special Issue - World Heritage in Qatar
World Heritage Review 72: Special Issue - World Heritage in Qatar
Each year, the special issue of World Heritage coinciding with the annual World Heritage Committee session gives us the opportunity to focus on the heritage of a particular country or region. This...

World Heritage Review 73: World Heritage and our protected planet
World Heritage Review 73: World Heritage and our protected planet
The IUCN World Parks Congress meets every ten years, and its November 2014 meeting may prove to be a turning point for protected areas in offering and implementing solutions for the challenges faced...

World Heritage Review 74: World Heritage: Fostering resilience
World Heritage Review 74: World Heritage: Fostering resilience
World Heritage sites are exposed to a wide variety of natural and human-induced hazards, such as earthquakes, cyclones or fires, which can have devastating effects on their value as well as on the...

World Heritage Review 75: Culture - Nature Links
World Heritage Review 75: Culture - Nature Links
This special issue of World Heritage is about interlinkages between nature and culture. One of the defining characteristics of the World Heritage Convention is that the governance of both natural and...

World Heritage Review 76 - World Heritage in Germany
World Heritage Review 76 - World Heritage in Germany
The annual session of the World Heritage Committee is a crucial period for the Convention, and we are grateful to Germany for hosting us this year. The 39th session of the Committee is taking place as...

World Heritage Review 77: Climate Change
World Heritage Review 77: Climate Change
The network of World Heritage properties was inter alia intended to ensure the proper preservation of the natural and cultural values of sites inscribed on the World Heritage List. Today, as the...

World Heritage Review 78: World Heritage and gender equality
World Heritage Review 78: World Heritage and gender equality
It is increasingly recognized that culture has an essential role to play as a driver of sustainable development, contributing to the eradication of poverty and enhancing social inclusion. Culture...

World Heritage Review 79: Planet at the Crossroads
World Heritage Review 79: Planet at the Crossroads
From 1 to 10 September 2016, thousands of leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business and academia will gather together in Honolulu (Hawaii) to share ideas...

World Heritage Review 80: World Heritage in Turkey
World Heritage Review 80: World Heritage in Turkey
The 40th session of the World Heritage Committee is taking place in Istanbul from 10 to 20 July 2016, and we are extremely grateful to Turkey for generously hosting this session....

World Heritage Review 81: World Heritage and Urban Heritage
World Heritage Review 81: World Heritage and Urban Heritage
Cities are among the most quickly evolving environments on the planet. Over half of the world’s population lives in cities today, and knowing how to manage these urban areas as they grow, so that we...

World Heritage Review 82: African Heritage and its sustainable development
World Heritage Review 82: African Heritage and its sustainable development
In this issue we are pleased to focus on the heritage of Africa and its sustainable development. The diversity and wealth of African heritage is extraordinary, from its large-scale ecosystems to...

World Heritage Review 83: Museums and visitor centres
World Heritage Review 83: Museums and visitor centres
Thousands of museums are located in and around World Heritage sites. Site museums preserve the integrity of the sites through conservation efforts, but also enhance interpretation and visitor...

World Heritage Review 84: Special Issue - World Heritage in Poland
World Heritage Review 84: Special Issue - World Heritage in Poland
This year, the World Heritage Committee will meet for its 41st session in the World Heritage site of the Historic Centre of Kraków. We are very pleased to be hosted by Poland, an early supporter of...

World Heritage Review 85: World Heritage and Modern Heritage
World Heritage Review 85: World Heritage and Modern Heritage
Modern heritage – the architecture, town planning and landscape design of the modern era, or the last two hundred years or so – is still underrepresented on the World Heritage List. And yet it is an...

World Heritage Review 86: World Heritage and Reconstruction
World Heritage Review 86: World Heritage and Reconstruction
While conflicts continue to inflict damage – much of it intentional – on heritage sites, reconstruction becomes a critical topic for discussion. The recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction of...

World Heritage Review 87: World Heritage and illicit trade
World Heritage Review 87: World Heritage and illicit trade
The illicit trafficking of cultural objects depletes cultures of their identity and contributes to lucrative unlawful trade, which helps to finance terrorism and organized crime....

World Heritage Review 88: World Heritage in Bahrain
World Heritage Review 88: World Heritage in Bahrain
This year, for its 42nd session, the World Heritage Committee is hosted by Bahrain in its capital city of Manama. Bahrain has long dedicated its support to the World Heritage Convention, and already...

World Heritage Review 89 -  World Heritage and Wetlands
World Heritage Review 89 - World Heritage and Wetlands
Wetlands are an essential, but often overlooked, aspect of our natural environment. They are vital sources of biodiversity and take many different forms – from lakes, rivers and swamps, to deltas and...

World Heritage Review 90 -  World Heritage Success Stories
World Heritage Review 90 - World Heritage Success Stories
The World Heritage Convention is a legal tool. In adhering to it, countries commit to protect heritage within their borders and to refrain from any deliberate measures that might damage directly or...

World Heritage Review 91 - Walled cities
World Heritage Review 91 - Walled cities
Historic urban walls were once used for division and protection, and remain a legacy of the complex relations between people and their environment. Today, they represent a fascinating aspect of...

World Heritage Review 92: Special Issue - World Heritage in Azerbaijan
World Heritage Review 92: Special Issue - World Heritage in Azerbaijan
Baku has always been at the crossroads of cultures. Situated along the western shore of the Caspian Sea, it is part of ancient trade routes from the Central Asian steppe towards Europe, and was the...

World Heritage Review 93: The Silk Roads
World Heritage Review 93: The Silk Roads
The Silk Roads encompass some of the most complex and fascinating systems in the history of world civilizations. A shifting network of roads and pathways for trade that evolved over centuries, it...

World Heritage Review 94: New Sites
World Heritage Review 94: New Sites
Twenty-nine sites were added to the World Heritage List at the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 30 June to 10 July 2019.   This issue will present each new...

World Heritage Review 95: Interpretation and COVID-19
World Heritage Review 95: Interpretation and COVID-19
The year 2020 began with an unprecedented health crisis that has affected all of us. Inevitably, World Heritage sites have suffered too. The abrupt halt in travel and tourism cut off the stream of...

World Heritage Review 96: Biodiversity
World Heritage Review 96: Biodiversity
This issue was prepared in anticipation of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) originally planned for October 2020 in Kunming, China, where many far-reaching decisions concerning the preservation...

World Heritage Review 97: People protecting World Heritage
World Heritage Review 97: People protecting World Heritage
The World Heritage Convention is a unique legal instrument, protecting both cultural and natural sites. It has a broad reach, but it is only effective because of the people who implement it: site...

World Heritage Review 98: Monitoring World Heritage from Space
World Heritage Review 98: Monitoring World Heritage from Space
Remote sensing or using technology to gather information remotely about an area, is a routine way of assessing potential damage to cultural heritage sites or evaluating natural areas. Satellite...

World Heritage Review 99: World Heritage in China (Special Issue)
World Heritage Review 99: World Heritage in China (Special Issue)
The 44th session of the World Heritage Committee, Fuzhou (China)/online meeting), was held from 16 to 31 July 2021. At its annual session, the World Heritage Committee makes decisions on whether a...