United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization

World heritage bid likely to include Mao's tomb

The Chairman Mao Memorial Hall and the Monument to the People's Heroes are likely to be included in the UN application for world heritage status, according to an official from the Dongcheng district Culture Commission in Beijing.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 10:58pm

Beyond numbers

For many educationalists and professors, it was very discouraging to read the headline of a recent commentary in this paper, 'The last thing Hong Kong needs is more education'.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Geopark added to the global list

Hong Kong's eastern countryside has been added to the Unesco-sponsored global geopark list.

The designation was made by the Bureau of the Global Geopark Network after a three-day conference in Norway. A total of 10 sites were chosen out of 16 applications from around the world this year.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Jiuzhaigou is a fairyland of spectacular biodiversity and topography. The National Reserve spans almost 800 square metres and includes a landscape of lush valleys, jagged peaks, a dozen large waterfalls and, most famously, a collection of iridescent mountain lakes and pools.

26 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Unesco team to protect culture, arts unique to HK

In a move with potential to protect Hong Kong's threatened indigenous customs, the United Nations has set up a special team in the city to observe culture and foster arts education.

Based at the Institute of Education in Tai Po, the unit is part of a broad agenda that the UN's heritage body adopted last year to use arts education to drive social and cultural objectives.

21 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Universal education to miss 2015 target

Gains are being made, but more needs to be done

The goals of achieving universal primary education and having equal numbers of girls and boys in school around the world will not be achieved by 2015 based on current trends, a Unesco report has found.

1 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Alert sounded over vanishing views of Macau lighthouse

Cultural experts from the United Nations are assessing the impact of Macau's urban growth on a historic lighthouse in the city.

17 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Heritage sites retain status despite Unesco's concern over 'problems'

Unesco has decided to keep six well-known tourist attractions on the mainland, including the Forbidden City, Lijiang in Yunnan and the Potala Palace in Lhasa , on its list of world heritage sites despite serious concerns over their conservation.

29 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Conservation promise after watchtowers join elite list

Guangdong officials have promised to make heritage conservation their top priority following Unesco's announcement yesterday that the historic Kaiping watchtowers and villages had been added to its World Heritage List.

29 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

New lease of life

The wooden sign over the door might still read 'Chartered Bank', but the transformation of the decaying colonial relic into a sumptuous retail and restaurant complex has helped revitalise Shanghai's waterfront Bund.

12 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Heritage listing sought for police station

Activists and district councillors will try to have the historic Central Police Station compound placed on the Unesco World Heritage List.

They will call on the government to suspend tendering for redevelopment of the historic compound when they launch a research report tomorrow.

18 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Unesco warns on dangers of 'Old City' becoming museum

The City of Luxembourg's historic 'Old City' and fortresses have been listed as World Heritage monuments by Unesco - the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

21 Jun 1996 - 12:00am