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UN Security Council adopts historic resolution for the protection of heritage

UN Security Council adopts historic resolution for the protection of heritage. Resolution 2347 is the first ever resolution adopted by the Security Council to focus on Cultural heritage. The unanimous support to the Resolution reflects a new recognition of the importance of heritage protection for peace and security. UNESCO is guardian of a wide array of legal instruments that are of vital importance in the protection of cultural heritage “The deliberate destruction of heritage is a war crime, it has become a tactic of war to tear societies over the long term, in a strategy of cultural cleansing. This is why defending cultural heritage is more than a cultural issue, it is a security imperative, inseparable from that of defending human lives," Director-General Bokova told the Security Council, as she spoke in support of the resolution, with Executive Director of UNODC Youri Fedotov and Commander Fabrizio Parrulli of the Carabinieri Italiani. "Weapons are not enough to d

World Water Day- Irina Bokova: We cannot afford to waste wastewater

22 March is World Water Day, is a day when every country should take action to tackle the water crisis. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water. The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty. Under the theme ‘ Water and Wastewater’ , the year 2017 provides an important opportunity to consolidate and build upon the previous World Water Days to highlight the symbiosis between water and wastewater in the quest for sustainable development. On the Occasion of World Water Day, - Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO calls for better management of wastewater Here is her message for this day: Most human activities produce wastewater and over 80 percent of t

Fall for Macedonia's sleepy charm in Ohrid

Overlooking the extraordinarily blue waters of its eponymous lake, Ohrid enjoys a stunning position that is best viewed from a boat. From there you will see the town’s terracotta roofs broken up by centuries-old church spires (the city claims once to have had 365) and overlooked by the turreted walls of Car Samoil’s Castle. Ohrid has transformed itself from Macedonia’s religious centre to its busiest holiday resort and its beaches are the best by far in this landlocked nation. However, a planned new lakeshore development will likely change this sleepy town forever, making now a great time to go. TELL ME MORE… Outside the summer months Ohrid seems like a sleepy place and this is at the core of its charm: the cobbled streets with traditional Ottoman houses form a maze that leads up the hillside to the Gorna Porta, where the old town meets the ancient amphitheatre and the fortress. Here you will still see elderly women dressed in black carrying groceries home from the market and hangin

Albania promotes a new life for bat species in abandoned bunkers and tunnels

Former military building Bunk’Art opens its doors for the unique Bat Expo “Bunkers: Shelters of Biodiversity”, on the occasion of World Wildlife Day celebrated worldwide on 3 March. The exhibition is a result of the cooperation of the EU funded project NaturAL, the National Agency of Protected Areas (NAPA) and Bunk’Art, and aims to inspire the decision-makers and each individual to take action to protect the wildlife. “A special focus is placed on the bats, the insectivorous mammals of key importance for the ecosystems and the human economy, and the abandoned bunkers that are taken over by nature – and becoming of great importance for nature conservation,” explained Mr. Celik Rruplli from the Bunk’Art. The exhibition “Bunkers: Shelters of Biodiversity”, will be opened for visitors at Bunk’Art premises throughout 2017. While enjoying the expo, visitors can learn about bats species in Albania. “We are glad to witness that wildlife presence in Albania is improving and that our countr

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