I discovered yet another UNESCO list today! The UNESCO Director-General Kolchuro Matsuura had travelled on from Edinburgh (where he had told that city NOT to do any more developments for a year during the UNESCO inspection as to whether it should be removed from the list if it continues with another development) to Glasgow which he then inscribed as a "City of Music
" (really!) within UNESCO's "Creative Cities Network
The current published list of 9 inscribed cities is onhttp://portal.unesco.org/culture/en/ev.php-URL_ID=27810&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=2 01.html
However, there are said to be 12 such cities (prior to Glasgow) and another 20 looking for inscription. There are some differences in the inscription process c.f. WHS – applications are done by cities themselves rather than "States Parties" and cities may withdraw unilaterally (rather than being ignominiously "delisted"). They have to meet UNESCO criteria however and may be "invited to leave the Network" (so much more civilised than "delisting"!)by UNESCO if they fail to maintain the required features!
There is a linkage to WHS
a. Edinburgh is a "City of Literature
b. Berlin is a "City of Design
" (appropriate in the light of its recent housing estate inscription and the 2 taken together are indicative of how Berlin is trying to position itself within the tourism/culture market)
But, unless any of the 3 sites not shown on the link are WHS, there are not enough for a formal "Connection" on this site. Does anyone know about the "missing 3"?
There are a number of "Lists" maintained by UNESCO (and other "prestigious organisations") which should be of interest to WHS enthusiasts both because of their cross-links to WHS and because we enthusiasts are likely to be interested in "lists" per se and in anything related to "things to see" whilst travelling!
We have already established "Connections" to the following lists
a. Memory of the World
b. World Biosphere Reserve
c. RAMSAR Wetlands
Does anyone know of other "site-related" lists where inscription isn't just a matter of paying the entrance fees (as per the "World Heritage Cities" list)? I say "site-related" because UNESCO even has lists related to "people"!! – e.g. the "Artists for Peace"
list - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNESCO_Artist_for_Peace
Some lists which might not at first sight seem "site-related" are still well worth looking through by anyone who is travel-planning. I think particularly of the "Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity
" list. The Wiki site is better for getting a full view of the complete list http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masterpieces_of_the_Oral_and_Intangible_Heritage_of_Huma nity
as the list on the UNESCO site is "being updated"!http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php?pg=00011
Some of these take place/can be seen in WHS-inscribed locations (It might be worth going through and identifying these?) – but, even if they are not , they contain some fabulous sights – I still value having watched Gelede dancing in Togo , heard the Manas story teller in Kyrgyzstan and experiencing the Wayang shadow puppets in Java among a number of others from the list. They are not all in "exotic" places either - even Belgium is represented!!