UNESCO Withdrawal Not Expected to Affect Missions’ World Heritage Status; News Radio 1200 WOAI

USA – San Antonio Missions

Designation as Texas’ first World Heritage Site has been a major boost to tourism.

The City of San Antonio and the Archdiocese agree that the status of the Spanish Colonial Missions as United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization designated World Heritage Sites is not expected to be affected by the decision of the Trump administration to withdraw the U.S. from UNESCO, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

“All of the members of our committee who worked so hard on the designation are concerned that the United States is pulling out, we don’t want them to,” said Fr. David Garcia, who is the Archdiocesan Director of the Missions, which are still working Catholic parishes.


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Israel joins United States in withdrawing from UNESCO; AFP

Ireland – Sceilg Mhichíl

The move will take effect from 21 December.

ISRAEL WILL WITHDRAW from the UN’s cultural and education body after a United States decision to do the same on accusations of bias against the Jewish state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today.

“The prime minister instructed the foreign ministry to prepare Israel’s withdrawal from the organisation alongside the United States,” Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.

Netanyahu “welcomes the decision by President (Donald) Trump to withdraw from UNESCO. This is a courageous and moral decision because UNESCO has become the theatre of the absurd and because instead of preserving history it distorts it”.

The premier’s decision came hours after the US State Department said the United States would pull out from the UN body, in part due to “continuing anti-Israel bias”.


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Beyond the Great Wall: China’s lesser-known Unesco world heritage sites; Kristin Huang; South China Morning Post

China – Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom

The debate over the future of Unesco following America’s withdrawal provides a timely reminder of the richness and diversity of China’s own history.

The decision by the United States to leave Unesco in protest at what it described as “anti-Israel” bias followed by China’s decision to withdraw its candidate to lead the global cultural organisation has thrown a spotlight on the group’s operations.

The loss of the US and its funding would be a serious blow to the organisation but despite its size and cultural clout America is only 10th on the list of countries with the most world heritage sites.

This may be a reflection of the fact that it is still a relatively young country.

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Despite Fears, UNESCO Withdrawal Won’t End Philly’s World Heritage Status; Claire Sasko; Philadelphia Magazine

USA – Independence Hall

We spoke to the nonprofit that promotes the city’s prestigious “Heritage City” status, which some worry is at risk.

On Thursday, the Trump administration announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – a.k.a. UNESCO.

The international agency, based in Paris, works to promote global collaboration through educational, scientific and cultural strategies (as the name hints). 

Independence Hall is one of 23 U.S.-based UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so called for their lasting effects on world history. In 2015, the Organization of World Heritage Cities declared Philly the country’s first “World Heritage City” — one of 250 cities around the world to earn that status, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Istanbul, Marrakesh, Paris and more. To qualify, a city must feature a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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UNESCO World Heritage Site: Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks; Tiffany Lewis; Explore BC

Canada – Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks

The Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site is a natural treasure. Learn more about parks including Yoho, Kootenay, Banff, and Jasper.

Rocky Mountains. The name evokes images of towering, snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes, cascading waterfalls, and dense evergreen forests. The kind of scenery that stays with you long after you’ve returned home. This spectacular beauty, combined with the significant natural history found in the area, inspired UNESCO to declare a group of seven contiguous parks along the BC/Alberta border to be a World Heritage Site, the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks.

Visitors to the Canadian Rockies can indulge in just about any outdoor activity you can think of. From snow sports to water sports (even scuba diving!), from frontcountry camping to mountaineering, you can find it here on a grand scale.

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US Withdrawal from UNESCO Will Undermine Collaboration on Science and Culture; Adam Markham; Union of Concerned Scientists

USA – San Antonio Missions

The Trump Administration’s war on science has intensified with the announcement that the US is withdrawing from UNESCO, the international organization that works to promote peace & security through international cooperation on education, science and cultural programs. 

Founded in 1945, when nations were seeking ways to rebuild educational systems and cultural connections in the immediate aftermath of World War II, UNESCO today is a leading multi-lateral organization working on a range of issues crucial for achieving peace, equity and sustainability world-wide.

“Every day, countless Americans and American communities pour their time and their hearts into UNESCO-led international collaborations on science, on education and on culture” says Andrew Potts who practices cultural heritage law at Nixon Peabody LLP.  They work on preventing violent extremism via youth education, on literacy and educating women and girls, on science for development, and on free speech and journalist safety. 

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This Secret Luxury Wildlife Lodge Set In A Forest Is Ideal For Couples Seeking Comfort And Serenity; Pallavi Paul; Tripoto

India – Khajuraho Group of Monuments

Planning a romantic getaway?

If you’re planning on the perfect romantic getaway with your better half, how do you fancy the idea of staying at an idyllic lodge, set in a secluded spot, far away from the din of city life, in a surreal natural setting?

A cluster of charming stone cottages perched atop a small hill, overlooking a dense emerald green forest, with a pristine waterhole nearby. That’s what dreams are made of, right? Throw in the fact that this waterhole serves as the perfect spot for exotic wildlife sightings, and it may seem like too good of a deal to be true. But Taj’s Safari Lodge in Panna National Park, spread across 200 acres of private jungle, with breathtaking views of the Vindhya Hills, makes it possible.

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