UNITAR Series on the Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites

14 – 18 April
Theme:World Heritage Nominations:Justification For The Inscription of Cultural Landscapes
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
The 2014 Workshop examines in detail the expectations and requirements needed to effectively define potential Outstanding Universal Value, as one of the fundamental parts of preparing World Heritage nominations. While providing an overview of the overall nomination process, the workshop will focus on preparing the section of the nomination related to the justification for inscription, especially in the case of cultural landscapes.

Nominations of cultural landscapes – being the combined works of people and nature – often pose particular challenges as their potential outstanding universal value arises not from their cultural or natural qualities assessed independently but from the inter-relationship between culture and nature.  The workshop will therefore examine how to present a clear argument for the justification for inscription of cultural landscapes on the World Heritage List. While there will be an emphasis on cultural landscapes, the overall scope of the workshop also applies to other types of natural and cultural sites.




  • 19 new sites were added to the World Heritage List during the 36th session of the World Heritage Committee, organized in Cambodia in June, bringing the List to a total of 981 properties in 160 States Parties. To discover the list of new sites, please click on this link. The World Heritage Committee also examined the state of conservation of many sites previously inscribed.
  • 54 new inscriptions on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register were added by the Director-General following the recommendations of the International Consultative Committee for the Memory of the World programme. The list of the new inscriptions is available online at this address. The Memory of the World Register now includes a total of 299 documents and document collections from the five continents, safeguarded on various supports from stone to celluloid and parchment to sound recordings.
  • Twelve new sites were added to UNESCO’s World Biosphere Reserve Network. Those of you interested in learning more about these new sites can connect to this link. As you know, the Man and the Biosphere Programme proposes an interdisciplinary research agenda and capacity building that target the ecological, social and economic dimensions of biodiversity loss and the reduction of this loss.