12 Oct 2012
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The latest version (2012) of UNESCO's operational guidelines for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention are now available.  These are criteria, developed and regularly revised by the  UNESCO World Heritage Committee, on the inscription of properties round the world onto the World Heritage List.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, and there have been many events round the world to celebrate.  According to UNESCO, the most significant feature of the Convention is that it links together in a single document the concepts of nature conservation and the preservation of cultural properties.  It recognises the way in which people interact with nature and the need to preserve the balance between the two.  The closing event for the celebratory year in UNESCO's calendar will take place in Kyoto, Japan from 6-8 November 2012.  ICOMOS-UK's contribution to the 40th anniversary will be a conference in London on Saturday 1 December 2012 called World Heritage for Tomorrow. A range of international and UK speakers will review the past 40 years, reflect on how the UK might contribute to broader international debates on sustainability, and look forward to the evolving role of World Heritage in the future.  The conference is being organised jointly with The Open University, the UCL Centre for Museums, Heritage and Material Culture, and the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London.  Tickets cost £65 or £60 for ICOMOS-UK members.