Lake District is UK's 31st World Heritage Site! 

The English Lake District, a cultural landscape in North West England that inspired Romantic poets and conservationists including William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter, has been inscribed onto UNESCO’s World Heritage List in July 2017.

The Lake District was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site by the World Heritage Committee at its 41st session in Krakow, Poland, last month. It joins 30 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and over 160 UNESCO designations across the UK working to create peace and to foster intercultural dialogue.
Liverpool remains on Danger List 

At the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee Meeting in Krakow, Poland, the Committee adopted the recommendation for Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City UNESCO World Heritage Site to stay on the UNESCO World Heritage in Danger List, following discussion about how the city is managing its World Heritage Site status. 
UK experts supporting coastal communities

Substantial UK research funding has been awarded to UK scientists to help support coastal communities living in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in East and South East Asia. 
Led by  Plymouth Marine Laboratory  in collaboration with the  University of Plymouth , the  University of Exeter , and the  North Devon UNESCO World Biosphere ReserveThe Blue Communities project will contribute to building the long-term research capability for marine planning over the next four years in East and South East Asia and, in doing so, support local coastal communities.

Funded by the Research Council’s £225 million Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), the project will also work to build long-term links between UK UNESCO Biospheres and four UNESCO Biosphere Reserves across Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, China and Malaysia. 
Patronage to Youth International Science Forum
The 59th London International Youth Science Forum took place in London this July under the Patronage of UNESCO in recognition of its contribution to developing the next generation of scientists.

UNESCO Patronage is the Organisation’s highest form of support for exceptional activities that further UNESCO’s mandate to build peace in the minds of men and women.

The two-week forum based at Imperial College London brings together 500 young scientists (16-21-year-olds) from 75 countries to participate in a packed programme of lectures, demonstrations and site visits to research centres, scientific institutions, laboratories and universities. 

The opening ceremony of the Forum saw a keynote lecture from Professor Hayat Sindi, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, CEO I2 & Diagnostics for All. 
Communicating World Heritage Site values 

A four-day international conference on research and global policy concerning the communication of World Heritage Values is to take place at the Ironbridge Gorge UNESCO UK World Heritage Site from 7-10th October 2017.

Keynote speakers include a Programme Specialist at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Marielle Richon; Assistant Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Michael Di Giovine; and the Chief Executive of Historic England, Duncan Wilson. 

Early-bird tickets are now available. Organised by the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, the University of Birmingham and World Heritage UK, the event includes the latter's third annual conference. 
Opportunity for young UK scientists

Are you a young scientist carrying out interdisciplinary research on ecosystems, natural resources, or biodiversity, in line with the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme? If yes, you could be awarded $5,000 to support your ongoing research. 

The Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Young Scientists Awards aim to invest in a new generation of scientists worldwide, recognising that well-trained and committed young people are critical to addressing ecological and sustainability issues. 

UK applicants must apply through the UK Man and Biosphere Committee. See the UNESCO website for more details on the application process.
The UK Natural Scientists miles ahead

The first-ever conference of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks in the Natural Sciences was held in Geneva in July 2017 to mark the 25th anniversary of the UNITWIN / UNESCO Chairs Programme.

Attended by nearly 100 representatives of the 170 UNESCO Natural Sciences Chairs from across the entire globe, including two UK UNESCO Natural Science Chairs and a UK-based UNITWIN Network, the conference aimed to build cooperation between the Chairs, UNESCO and the wider United Nations family. 

The meeting concluded with the adoption of the Geneva Milestone, a blueprint to strengthen UNESCO Chairs’ contribution toward the implementation of the 2030 United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The 8 UK Cities taking creativity to the world

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network implemented a new Strategy at its Annual Meeting in July 2017, reframing its core objectives to reflect the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda.

The XIth Annual Meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) took place in Enghien-les-Bains, France, from 30 June to 2 July 2017. This event gathered over 300 participants, including a large number of mayors, representing about 100 Creative Cities.

The UK’s eight UNESCO Creative Cities took part by presenting programme activities and contributing their expertise to workshops. The UK’s UNESCO Creative Cities are Glasgow and Liverpool (Music), Dundee (Design), Bradford (Film), York (Media Arts), Norwich, Nottingham and Edinburgh (Literature).

Thanks a million

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral, has launched a new campaign to raise £10 million by 2020 for an endowment fund to be used specifically to support the annual cycle of planned maintenance and repair of the Cathedral buildings. 

Durham Cathedral shares many of the same financial and operational challenges of other internationally-important World Heritage Sites. The Site has been awarded £1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to kickstart the campaign. HLF are matching donations raised on a £1 per £1 basis. 

Highest form of support to Women's Engineering Society

UNESCO has granted Patronage to the  Women’s Engineering Society in the UK for the celebration of International Women in Engineering Day to be held on 23 June 2017.

International Women in Engineering Day is an international awareness campaign raising the profile of women in engineering and the career opportunities available to women in this industry.

The UK University contributing to Africa’s adult literacy 

The UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation at the University of East Anglia, Professor Anna Robinson-Pant, has met the UNESCO Addis Ababa Liaison Office and UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) to take forward the UK's expertise in adult literacy and lifelong learning. 

Established in 2016, the UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation aims to enhance understanding around how adult learning can contribute to sustainable livelihoods and address inequalities in the poorest communities of the world.  The UNESCO Chair also intends to connect closely to UNESCO's work to provide the frameworks, standards and international agreements to promote gender equality and high quality and inclusive lifelong learning for all. 
Nominate UK memories  

Send in your nominations for inscriptions to the 2018 UK Memory of the World Register.

From the Death Warrant of King Charles I to the documentary heritage of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, the UK Memory of the World Register is a gateway into the rich and turbulent history of the British people.

The UNESCO Memory of the World Programme seeks to encourage universal access to documentary heritage. The Programme also raises awareness of documentary heritage’s role in shaping the world we live in today and the importance of preserving it for future generations.

Any organisation or individual may submit any form of documentary heritage for which they are responsible. The key criterion is that the heritage is of outstanding significance to the UK. You have until 31 January 2018 to submit your nomination.

Highlands to Islands 

‘Mountains: A Very Short Introduction’, by Professor Martin Price, Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development (University of the Highlands and Islands, UHI), originally published by Oxford University Press in 2015, has been republished in Japanese by Maruzen Publishing Co, Tokyo. 

Linked to this, the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science has invited Prof. Price to Japan in 2018 for a series of events.

These will include a lecture and workshop at the University of Tsukuba, where a new MSc in Mountain Studies was launched this year with support from the UNESCO Chair at UHI.
Days ahead
International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day 2016 (8 September 2017) celebrates and honours the past five decades of national and international engagement, efforts and progress made to increase literacy rates around the world.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day and UNESCO is celebrating it under the banner “Reading the Past, Writing the Future”.
International Youth Day

Emphasizing the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society, the 2017 International Youth Day will be celebrated on the theme “Youth Building Peace”.

It will bring to the attention of the international community young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice and sustainable peace.

Interested in applying for UNESCO Prizes or UNESCO accreditation? See our website for more information on opportunities listed below. 

  • OPEN: Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers (Deadline: 29 September 2017). 
  • OPEN: MAB Young Scientists Awards (Deadline 15 December 2017)
  • OPEN: King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education 
  • OPEN: UK Memory of the World Register: Closing Date 31 January 2018.
  • OPEN: UNESCO Schools (ASPnet). 
A full events calendar of all UNESCO related events in the UK is available on our website.

  • 18-20 September:3rd International Conference on Learning Cities, Cork, Ireland
  • 20-23 September: International Dark Sky Places Conference, Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere. 
  • 7-8 October: Communicating World Heritage Site Values. Ironbridge UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • 1 NovemberBath World Heritage Site: 30 Year Review, Tony Crouch, City of Bath World Heritage Site Manager. Bath's Guildhall, Bath UK.  
  • 8 November: 1.10-1.45pm, Hadrian's Wall, Humphrey Welfare, Chairman of Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site Partnership Board.  Bath's Guildhall, Bath UK.  
  • 15 November: Stonehenge and Avebury, Sarah Simmonds, Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site Co-ordinator. Bath's Guildhall, Bath UK.  
  • 22 November: HM Tower of London, Natasha Downie, HM Tower of London World Heritage Site Co-ordinator.  Bath's Guildhall, Bath UK.