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This year
2023
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UN's cultural agency recommends putting Venice on heritage danger list
UNESCO said Venice risks ‘irreversible’ damage due to a string of issues ranging from climate change to mass tourism.
UNESCO welcomes €2.75 billion Australian pledge to protect the Great Barrier Reef
The UN agency has threatened to put the world’s largest coral system on a list of ‘in danger’ global heritage sites.
Last year
2022
Quiz: How much do you know about the UNESCO World Heritage Site list?
Test yourself!
UN puts French baguette on cultural heritage list
The simple French flute has been recognised on the Unesco list.
Yellowstone, Kilimanjaro glaciers among those set to vanish by 2050, UNESCO warns
The warning follows a study of 18,600 glaciers at 50 World Heritage sites.
Giant’s Causeway formation event may have taken just days rather than thousands of years
The striking stones attract visitors from across the world.
Ukraine launches counterattack with intense fighting in southern region of Kherson
The attack, launched yesterday, comes as President Zelenskyy meets with the UN’s atomic energy group.
Cultural sites in seven counties to seek Unesco World Heritage status
But Glendalough Valley in Co Wicklow was not accepted to the list of hopeful applicants.
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Australia says it will oppose UN plan to list Great Barrier Reef as being 'in danger'
UNESCO released a draft report on Monday recommending the reef’s World Heritage status be downgraded because of its dramatic coral decline.
'Racist and anti-Semitic' Belgian festival removed from UNESCO's heritage list
A float caricaturing Orthodox Jews with hooked noses and sitting on gold bags outraged Belgium’s 40,000-strong Jewish community.
'An emotional day': Irish harping added to UNESCO's 'Intangible Cultural Heritage' list
The UNESCO announcement was made at a committee meeting in Colombia yesterday.
'An intrinsic part of Irish culture': Hurling has been granted special status by UNESCO
Ireland’s national sport has been recognised by the UN’s cultural body.
‘We're not talking about this enough': Ireland warned to take action against radicalisation
An expert has said better integration of asylum seekers and refugees must play a role in this process.
Why North African countries that don't always get along will be brought together... by couscous
Countries are set to unite to win the delicacy Unesco status.
Macron wants the French baguette to become a Unesco-listed symbol
Irish uilleann piping was granted the same status last year.
'Today is a global milestone': Uilleann pipes get international recognition
President Michael D Higgins is among those to welcome the news
Israel joins United States in withdrawing from UNESCO
The move will take effect from 21 December.
'I left school early at 16. Now I'm a mature student at 51 - it's never too late to go to college'
Deirdre O’Regan is 51 and in her final year of her degree. She went back to college after 30 years – here’s her story.
Hiker found after being lost in remote jungle for two weeks
He didn’t follow park regulations requiring that visitors take a guide, the police said.
Horse meat for sale in Phibsboro and other wacky clips from Ireland's past
RTÉ has released special archived footage for the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.
Here are some of the heritage sites Islamic State have blown up so far
This week the terrorist group destroyed a 2,000 year old temple — but it’s not its first time.
Islamic State releases photos of how it blew up historic temple
Palmyra’s was destroyed by the group at the weekend.
Here are the places in Ireland that could become UNESCO Heritage Sites
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, today announced a fund of €13,000.
There are just five 'cities of film' in the world - and Galway's now one of them
The announcement has been described as “hugely significant”.
Star Wars filming did not harm Skellig's bird population, Minister insists
Specialist staff from the wildlife service and the monuments service were on hand this week, as JJ Abrams filmed the latest installment of the franchise.
Could Star Wars cost Skellig Michael its Unesco World Heritage status?
The film begins shooting today, but will Jedi knights ruin a heritage site?
Here are the sites vying for World Heritage status
And you’ll want to visit them all.
Australia has been given eight months to fix the Great Barrier Reef
The UN has warned that a “business as usual approach is not an option”.
Mobile phones found to help boost literacy rates in developing countries
The report from UNESCO found that access to mobile devices encourages people in developing countries to read full-length books and stories through their phone.
Sixteen people have died in a huge fire consuming the outskirts of a Chilean port city
The military has taken over security in the city of Valparaiso.
Great Barrier Reef status as 'natural wonder of the world' under threat
The UN says Australia hasn’t done enough to tackle concerns about rampant coastal development and water quality at the world heritage site.
GALLERY: Incredible photos of Afghanistan before the wars
Dr Bill Podlich took hundreds of photos while working with UNESCO in 1967 and 1968. Here’s what he saw.
Want to be a writer? New programme urges people to put pen to paper
Three successful Irish authors will offer tips to budding writers through YouTube videos as part of the new National Emerging Writer Programme.
Syrian fighting torches historic medieval market
The damage to one of the best-preserved old souks in the Middle East was the worst yet to a UNESCO World Heritage site in Syria.
Wildfires threaten world heritage site on Canary Island
Meanwhile a blaze on the island of Tenerife has led to the evacuation of residents.
Timbuktu tomb destruction condemned by UNESCO
Islamist hardliners in northern Mali have claimed responsibility for what UNESCO termed “repugnant acts” of destruction on historical sites.
UNESCO world heritage sites attacked in Mali
Hardline Islamists have threatened to destroy all of the centuries-old ancient tombs in the historical city of Timbuktu.
UNESCO puts Timbuktu on danger list
We take a brief look at the explorers, including one Irish man, who tried and failed to make it to the fabled city, the one who finally did and the other who made it out alive.
In pics: The Austrian alpine village... that China built
China has a reputation for reproducing pirate copies of goods – but an entire village?