UNESCO has declared South Mumbai’s Victorian and Art Deco ensembles as a World Heritage Site. Conservation expert Abha Narain Lambah talks to The Indian Express on what it means for Mumbai and the challenges ahead.
Mumbai now has equal number of UNESCO sites as Delhi, which has three- Red Fort, Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb. Maharashtra now has a total of five such sites, including the Ajanta and Ellora caves in Aurangabad.
According to UNESCO’s procedure for inscription, once a site has been named in a country’s “tentative list” for consideration by the World Heritage Committee, “a State Party can plan when to present a nomination file”.
India saw 82 instances of internet shutdowns between May 2017 and April 2018, as per a UNESCO report.
On October 12, the US formally notified the Unesco that it would withdraw from the organization on December 31, 2018. On the same day, Israel welcomed this decision and announced it was considering a similar move due to the body’s “anti-Israel” bias
The list describes Kumbh Mela as “the festival of the sacred Pitcher” where pilgrims bathe or take a dip in a sacred river.
The UNESCO report highlighted that providing universal quality education should be the responsibility of the government and all education stakeholders.
Contrary to common perception, South Asian countries were seen to accord the highest weightage to gender equality.
“We see today the rise of exclusive politics and discourses of division. We see diversity being rejected as a source of weakness. “We see myths of ‘pure’ cultures of lore being gloried, fuelled by ignorance and sometimes hatred. We see others being scapegoated and repressed.”
US taxpayers should “no longer be on the hook to pay for policies that are hostile to our values and make a mockery of justice and common sense,” US Ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement.
Washington opposes any move by UN bodies to recognise the Palestinians as a state, believing that this must await a negotiated Middle East peace deal.
Washington would establish an “observer mission” to replace its representation at the Paris-based agency, said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.
The tiny landmass of Okinoshima is permanently manned by a Shinto priest who prays to the island’s goddess, in a tradition that has been kept up for centuries.
In June, members of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO had visited Ahmedabad and had informed the Central govt that it has deferred Ahmedabad’s world heritage city nomination. The WHC had stated that it was not satisfied with the documentation related to the “outstanding universal values” for Ahmedabad’s walled city.
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