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Christian valley sends SOS to Syrian army

In Wadi al-Nassara, a valley in western Syria dotted with Christian hamlets, residents have hung white silk ribbons to mourn war victims and pray the army will defeat its jihadist foes.

Christian valley sends SOS to Syrian army
Serik Sapiyev. Photo by Daniyar Bozov©
Kazakhstan's Serik Sapiyev nomitated for UNESCO Champion for Sport title

Kazakhstan boxer Serik Sapiyev has been nominated for UNESCO Champion for Sport title.

Kazakhstan's Serik Sapiyev nomitated for UNESCO Champion for Sport title
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Katon-Karagay Park in Kazakhstan may become part of UNESCO reserves network

Thr Ministry of Environment Protection of Kazakhstan is going to submit an application to include the Katon-Karagay National Park into the UNESCO list of world heritage sites.

Katon-Karagay Park in Kazakhstan may become part of UNESCO reserves network
Australia's Barrier Reef slips into 'poor' health
Australia's Barrier Reef slips into 'poor' health

Australia hailed "solid" progress on water quality at the Great Barrier Reef Wednesday but admitted that overall conditions were now "poor" as it battles UNESCO threats to downgrade its heritage status.

Australia's Barrier Reef slips into 'poor' health
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Contested renovation in Tibet capital complete: media

The controversial renovation of the historic area around a key monastery in the Tibetan capital has been completed.

Contested renovation in Tibet capital complete: media
The ancient Roman city Pompeii. ©REUTERS/Ciro De Luca
Italy promises UNESCO it will not abandon Pompeii

Italy's culture minister assured UNESCO on Sunday that efforts were being made to restore the long-neglected Roman city of Pompeii, after the United Nations organisation urged the country to speed up repairs.

Italy promises UNESCO it will not abandon Pompeii
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Alakol enters global network of biosphere reservations

Kazakhstan’s biosphere reserve Alakol lake has been entered into global network of biosphere reservations.

Alakol enters global network of biosphere reservations
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Kazakhstan suggests including Nauryz in UNESCO cultural heritage

Kazakhstan National Commission for UNESCO suggested including Nauryz holiday and hawking in the list of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Kazakhstan suggests including Nauryz in UNESCO cultural heritage
Singapore gardens aim for UNESCO heritage status
Singapore gardens aim for UNESCO heritage status

Singapore, one of the world's most densely populated countries, is campaigning to get its 154-year-old Botanic Gardens declared a UNESCO world heritage site.

Singapore gardens aim for UNESCO heritage status
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. ©REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
UNESCO ready to send mission to Mali soon

UNESCO is ready to send experts to Mali to assess damage to cultural treasures in the troubled north as soon as security conditions allow.

UNESCO ready to send mission to Mali soon
Australia failing UNESCO demands on Barrier Reef: WWF
Australia failing UNESCO demands on Barrier Reef: WWF

Australia insisted Friday that protecting the Great Barrier Reef was a top priority, but conservationists WWF said not enough had been done to prevent UNESCO deeming it a world heritage site "in danger".

Australia failing UNESCO demands on Barrier Reef: WWF
Thousands flock to Bethlehem for Christmas
Thousands flock to Bethlehem for Christmas

Thousands of Palestinians and tourists were flocking to the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Monday to mark Christmas at the site where many believe Jesus Christ was born.

Thousands flock to Bethlehem for Christmas
Majority of tourists don't need any facilities and high service. ©RIA Novosti
Experts comment development of Kazakhstan tourism

UNESCO poll shows that 70% of tourists don’t need any facilities and would prefer a camping ground to a hotel.

Experts comment development of Kazakhstan tourism
Kazakhstan’s permanent representative in UNESCO Olzhas Suleimenov. Photo by Renat Tashkinbayev©
Nazarbayev and Suleimenov discussed Kazakhstan's interaction with UNESCO

Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Kazakhstan’s permanent representative in UNESCO Olzhas Suleimenov.

Nazarbayev and Suleimenov discussed Kazakhstan's interaction with UNESCO
Alakol Lake. Photo courtesy of voyage-travel.kz
Kazakhstan wants Alakol lake in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves

Kazakhstan’s Man and Biosphere Committee drafted a proposal on including Alakol Lake into the UNESCO Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Kazakhstan wants Alakol lake in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves
Kazakhstan citizen now heads UNESCO Committee on Conventions and Recommendations
Kazakhstan citizen now heads UNESCO Committee on Conventions and Recommendations

Kazakhstan’s representative Assel Utegenova was elected chairman of UNESCO Committee on Conventions and Recommendations.

Kazakhstan citizen now heads UNESCO Committee on Conventions and Recommendations
Heritage catastrophe looms as war engulfs Old Aleppo
Heritage catastrophe looms as war engulfs Old Aleppo

As the battle for Aleppo closes in on the historical centre in northern Syria, heritage sites in one of the world's oldest cities are being damaged and experts fear the worst is yet to come.

Heritage catastrophe looms as war engulfs Old Aleppo
Palestinians hail 'historic' Bethlehem UNESCO move
Palestinians hail 'historic' Bethlehem UNESCO move

The Palestinians hailed Friday's granting by UNESCO of world heritage status to the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem as an "historic day for justice."

Palestinians hail 'historic' Bethlehem UNESCO move
Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova. Photo by Danial Okassov©
Nazarbayev noted a big role of UNESCO in promotion of world culture

Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova on the sidelines of the 4th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.

Nazarbayev noted a big role of UNESCO in promotion of world culture
Yerzhan Kazykhanov met with Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova. Photo courtesy of Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry
Kazakhstan to run for membership in UNESCO World Heritage Committee

Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov met with Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova who arrived in Kazakhstan with her first official visit.

Kazakhstan to run for membership in UNESCO World Heritage Committee