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Eighth Session of the Subsidiary Committee of the Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention

Eighth Session of the Subsidiary Committee of the Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention

The Eighth Session of the Subsidiary Committee of the Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property will be held on 27 and 28 October 2020 in Room I at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Composition List of the 18 Members of the Committee Bureau (outgoing, as per Agenda Item 8.SC/2) Chairperson: Mr Wael Abdelwahab (Egypt) Vice-Chairpersons: Côte d'Ivoire, Peru, Republic of Korea, Turkey Rapporteur: Mr Aleksei Kolavenko-Narochnitskii (Russian Federation) Working Documents Election of the Bureau (C70/20/8.SC/2) EN / FR Provisional Agenda and Timetable (C70/20/8.SC/3) EN / FR Report of the Secretariat (C70/20/8.SC/5) EN / FR Report concerning possible tools for strengthening the fight against illicit trafficking in cultural property (C70/20/8.SC/6) EN / FR 50th Anniversary of the 1970 Convention (C70/20/8.SC/7) EN / FR Fundraising Strategy for the 1970 Convention (C70/19/8.SC/8a) EN / FR Sensitization of the Media (C70/20/8.SC/8b) EN / FR Importance of inventories and how to improve them (C70/20/8.SC/8c) EN / FR Links between due diligence and provenance concepts (C70/20/8.SC/9) EN / FR Checklist of actions to be followed by the concerned institutions and authorities of States Parties in the event of cultural theft (C70/20/8.SC/10) EN / FR Information Documents List of documents (C70/20/8.SC/INF.3) EN / FR Disparities between versions of the Convention in its official languages (C/70/20/8.SC/11.INF) EN / FR The UNESCO Database of National Cultural Heritage Laws: progress made and future planning (C70/20/8.SC/12.INF) EN / FR
Oct 27, 2020 , Source: unesconews

ALESCO supports Comoros efforts to safeguard cultural heritage

Participants and resource persons during the ALESCO online workshop ©UNESCO/Karalyn Monteil
Sep 30, 2020 , Source: unesconews
IBC on Environment and Climate Change issues recommendations on post COVID-19 building back better

IBC on Environment and Climate Change issues recommendations on post COVID-19 building back better

The regional interagency Issue-based Coalition on Environment and Climate Change for Europe and Central Asia has just issued summary recommendations for COVID-19 recovery: “BUILDING BACK BETTER- pathways for a more inclusive, environmentally sustainable and resilient recovery”, drafted by the 3 co-leads of the coalition – UNECE, UNEP and UNESCO – with contributions by UNDP, UN Women, OHCHR, UNOPS and FAO - among other UN agencies, funds and programmes.
Sep 30, 2020 , Source: unesconews

Lebanese experts outline challenges and ways forward for the recovery of Beirut’s built heritage during UNESCO ResiliArt debate

On 24 September 2020, UNESCO organized the ResiliArt Lebanon: Bridging the Past and Future through Built Heritage online debate, in the framework of its #LiBeirut initiative. The debate brought together key actors in the field of built heritage to discuss the impact of the explosions of 4 August 2020 on the architectural and urban heritage of Beirut, as well as ways to implement a comprehensive approach to urban recovery that integrates cultural heritage protection and people-centred policies. Ernesto Ottone R., UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Culture, introduced the debate, alongside Ambassador Sahar Baassiri, Permanent Delegate of Lebanon to UNESCO. The debate, which was moderated by Mechtild Rössler, Director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, featured some of Lebanon’s eminent experts and actors in the field of built heritage, including Sarkis Khoury (Director General of Antiquities of Lebanon), Fadlallah Dagher (Architect, Member of the Beirut Heritage Initiative), Mona Fawaz (Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, American University of Beirut), Catherine Otayek (volunteer, member of the NGO OffreJoie), Yasmine Makaroun Bou Assaf (Director of the Centre of Restoration and Conservation of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture, Lebanese University and member of the Executive Board of ICOMOS Lebanon), Mousbah Rajab (Former Head of the Department of Urban Planning of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture, Lebanese University), and Jad Tabet (President, the Order of Engineers and Architects of Beirut, expert of the World Heritage Committee, 2001-2005 and 2013-2017).  The participants discussed the legislative, financial and practical challenges to ensuring the protection of Lebanon’s built heritage, while stressing that, beyond the striking damage to cultural built heritage, interconnected social and cultural life of the city itself was severely impacted. Sarkis Khoury focused on the economic and legislative challenges, noting that the Directorate General of Antiquities is trying to protect historic buildings under the Law of Antiquities of 1933. Fadlallah Dagher highlighted that the social and economic and health crises that preceded the disaster are still ongoing and impacting heritage recovery efforts and noted that the Beirut Heritage Initiative is working to identify structures that need emergency intervention. Mona Fawaz stressed that Beirut's heritage was already under threat prior to the explosions, due to land speculation and existing policies. According to Jad Tabet, a vision and plan for safeguarding the unique neighbourhoods of Beirut need to be put forward. The involvement of communities is fundamental, and emergency measures must be put in place to enable people to return to their homes and to revive cultural life. The panellists agreed that the way forward towards a people-centred approach to urban recovery should integrate cultural, socio-economic and educational aspects, within the framework of the Warsaw Recommendations on Recovery and Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage, the UNESCO-World Bank position paper on Culture in City Reconstruction and Recovery, and the UNESCO 2011 Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape. The engagement of youth and young professionals in the safeguarding of Beirut’s heritage will also be essential. The ResiliArt Lebanon series of debates was held in the framework of UNESCO’s #LiBeirut initiative, launched to raise support for the rehabilitation of cultural heritage, recover of cultural life and reconstruction of schools, following the devastating explosions at the Port of Beirut. The first debate, held on 10 September 2020, focused on Defending Cultural Diversity through Creativity (available here), while the second debate took place on 17 September 2020 and focused on the role of Museums and Art Galleries for the Return of Cultural Life in Beirut (available here). The third debate Bridging the Past and Future through Built Heritage is now available here.
Sep 30, 2020 , Source: unesconews
Fact Sheet on Schools Rehabilitation in Beirut, September 17, 2020

Fact Sheet on Schools Rehabilitation in Beirut, September 17, 2020

Every two weeks, UNESCO and the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education will publish a Fact Sheet on the progress to rehabilitate schools impacted by the blast in Beirut. Stay connected and follow the progress.
Sep 30, 2020 , Source: unesconews
UNESCO with OCHA Support Access to Distance Learning for Vulnerable Children in Iraq
The World Teachers’ Day 2020 will be celebrated with a week-long series of virtual events
Indonesia Spotlights People’s Right to Know

Indonesia Spotlights People’s Right to Know

Sep 30, 2020 , Source: unesconews
Access to Information key in the fight against Covid-19 Pandemic