UN draws anger after naming Mugabe goodwill ambassador

2017-10-21 07:14

The United Nations has faced criticism after naming Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe a "goodwill ambassador" to promote health causes, despite the country's dire health crisis under his rule.

New dictionaries to help preserve SA’s language heritage

2017-10-15 06:00

South African indigenous languages may be saved from the list of those identified by the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) as likely to disappear at the end of this century.

Egypt's Jewish community backs country's Unesco candidate

2017-10-09 11:42

The head of Egypt's minuscule Jewish community has voiced support for the country's Unesco candidate who has been criticised by Egyptian human rights activists.

Be proud of your language

2017-09-24 06:26

Our greatest contribution to our heritage would be to preserve our own mother tongue, writes Lucas Ledwaba.

Senegal: five things to know

2017-07-28 20:28

Senegal, known for its stability and strong civil society, is one of the few African nations not to have suffered a coup since independence in 1960.

Africa has new UN heritage sites in Angola, Eritrea, SA

2017-07-10 18:59

Africa has several new sites on the United Nations world heritage list, including an old royal capital in Angola, the Eritrean capital of Asmara and a desert area in South Africa

Old German caves, Poland silver mines make UN heritage list

2017-07-09 20:30

The UN'scultural agency has added to its list of World Heritage sites six caves in west Germany with art dating back to the Ice Age and old silver ore mines in southern Poland.

Unesco excludes Great Barrier Reef 'in danger' list

2017-07-06 21:00

Unesco says its World Heritage committee has decided not to place Australia's Great Barrier Reef on its list of sites "in danger" despite concern over coral bleaching.

Angola slowly opens to conservationists after long civil war

2017-07-03 20:28

Hippos, malaria and capsized canoes were among the hazards for National Geographic researchers paddling along an Angolan river that had been barely studied.

1000s protest logging in Poland's ancient forest

2017-06-25 20:33

Thousands have demonstrated in Warsaw demanding an end to large-scale logging in Poland's ancient Bialowieza forest.


'Inspiration' Marrakesh hosts Yves Saint Laurent museum

2017-10-15 10:00

A fusion of Moroccan traditions and contemporary flair that inspired Yves Saint Laurent, a museum to the famed fashion designer is set to be unveiled in his beloved Marrakesh.

US to quit Unesco over its alleged anti-Israel bias

2017-10-13 08:31

The United States says it's leaving the UN's educational, scientific and cultural agency because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias.

Rights groups urge Unesco to reject Egypt's nominee

2017-10-08 09:00

Egyptian rights groups have called on Unesco to reject the candidacy of Egypt's nominee to head the agency, alleging that she is complicit in state attacks on freedoms

Scores of Egypt public figures defend convicted library head

2017-08-10 20:21

Scores of Egyptian former ministers, state officials and diplomats have rallied in defense of the former head of the Library of Alexandria who was sentenced earlier this month to three years in prison on charges of squandering public funds.

Women with HIV in Cameroon still stigmatised

2017-07-24 18:09

Blandine, a 28-year-old mother of a baby girl, sits restlessly on a chair in a womens' health centre in Cameroon's capital, not knowing how or what to feel as she waits for an HIV test.

South Africa has new UN heritage site

2017-07-10 16:51

A desert area in South Africa which was inhabited during the Stone Age has been added to the UN world heritage list.

Eritrea's capital added to Unesco World Heritage list

2017-07-08 17:55

Eritrean officials on Saturday claimed "victory" after the UN cultural agency unanimously decided to put the African nation's capital city of Asmara on the Unesco World Heritage list - the result of years of lobbying by one of the world's most reclusive governments.

Green activists, rangers face off over Poland's ancient forest

2017-07-04 20:33

Several hundred environmental activists and forest rangers have held rival protests in southern Poland over large-scale logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, which includes some of Europe's last primeval woodland.

Spain fire near World Heritage site 'under control'

2017-06-27 19:00

Officials say a wildfire that threatened a nature reserve in southern Spain designated as a World Heritage site has been brought under control.

New restrictions set on visiting Peru's famed Machu Picchu

2017-06-22 05:45

Travellers wanting a glimpse of Peru's famed Machu Picchu will be restricted to certain hours touring the area with a designated guide.

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