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UNITAR Series on the Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Training

About the Series

The UNITAR Series on the Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites, launched in 2003. It seeks to contribute to capacity building for World Heritage by focusing on national policy making and planning as well as exchanging know-how on best practices and case studies, achieved through an annual workshop held in Hiroshima, Japan (eleven annual Workshops have been held in Hiroshima and one in-country Workshop in India). The Series, with over 360 Alumni to date, offers a set of innovative approaches to heritage conservation, including:

  • A values-based management approach examining the significance of the sites to be conserved
  • The fusion of cultural and natural heritage management
  • The recognition of both the tangible and intangible aspects of heritage sites 

The Series focuses on the effective management of the world’s most precious natural and cultural treasures.

Uniquely well-placed in Hiroshima, which possesses two world heritage sites, the series seeks to utilize UNESCO's Convention on natural and cultural heritage more effectively through focusing on national policy making and planning, and to exchange know-how on best practices and case studies.

A “values-based management” approach – focusing on values which make the conservation of heritage meaningful – has been developed over the course of the series. With the increased role conferred to UNITAR Hiroshima Office to intensify training activities in the field of international peace, security and peace building, the series has also focused on the innovative role that natural and cultural heritage could play in peace and peace building, using the example of Hiroshima by highlighting the resonance and relevance of its policies for other sites around the world. 


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.


22 - 26 April

Theme: World Heritage Serial Nominations and the Vital Role of Comparative Analysis


4-8 June: Hiroshima
Theme: Justification of Outstanding Universal Value in the Context of World Heritage Nominations


4-8 July: Hiroshima


  • UNESCO's Preparing World Heritage Nominations Manual; and

  • Comparative Analysis in the Nominations Process

UNITAR featured in IUCN Capacity Building publication
The UNITAR Series on the Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites was featured in a recent publication of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN); see IUCN Newsletter. Focused upon World Heritage Capacity Building initiatives around the globe, the newsletter includes an outline of the UNITAR Series, as well as a summary of the 2011 Session. UNITAR acknowledges IUCN for their ongoing commitment to the Series.


18-23 April: Hiroshima
Theme: Conservation for Peace: Conservation Monitoring


19-24 April: Hiroshima
Theme: Conservation for Peace: World Heritage Impact Assessment


30 March-4 April: Hiroshima
Theme: Conservation for Peace


15-20 April: Hiroshima
Theme: Management Over Time - Maintaining Values and Significance


12-17 March: Hiroshima
Theme: Tangible and Intangible Aspects


18-21 August: Mumbai
Theme: Heritage Management - A Values-based Approach


18-21 April: Hiroshima
Theme: Heritage Management - A Values-based Approach


8-12 March: Hiroshima
Theme: Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites