The UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites in Africa are some of the most spectacular places on earth. The importance of preserving and promoting this cultural heritage escalates with each passing year. It is vital to raise awareness of this rich heritage while informing people of its value and gaining support for the conservation and development of these sites. We invite you to visit our website and learn more about the work of the African World Heritage Fund.
The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) is an inter-governmental organisation that was launched in 2006 with the mission to support the effective conservation and protection of natural and cultural heritage of outstanding universal value in Africa. Together with the African Members States of UNESCO and the African Union, the main aim is to develop a strategy to deal with the challenges that many African countries meet in implementing the 1972 World Heritage Convention.
3rd AFRICAN WORLD HERITAGE REGIONAL YOUTH FORUM
DATE: 30th April – 5th May 2018
VENUE: Island of Mozambique World Heritage Site, Mozambique
ORGANISERS: the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), the Government of the Republic of Mozambique, UNESCO Office in Maputo and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre
WITH THE SUPPORT OF: African Union
In collaboration with UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Mozambique, the African World Heritage Fund is organising the Third Regional Youth Forum on World Heritage in Africa. The Forum, which follows the gathering in 2016 for English-speaking countries in Robben Island (South Africa) and the Francophone one in 2017 at Loropeni Ruins (Burkina Faso), will address the African Lusophone Youth. The four-day Forum (30 April-3 May) will consist of fieldwork on the interpretation of the Island of Mozambique World Heritage Site and will conclude with a one-day Seminar (4 May) and the official celebration of the African World Heritage Day (5 May).
To access the leaflet on the 3rd Regional Youth Forum (30th April – 5th May) and African World Heritage Day 5th May), click here
AFRICAN WORLD HERTAGE DAY – 5th MAY 2018
Date: 5 MAY 2018
African States Parties: 53
Theme: “Cherishing our African World Heritage“
Proclaimed during the 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO, African World heritage day (5 May) is an occasion to celebrate the exceptional cultural and natural heritage of the African continent. This day is also an opportunity to raise awareness ,particularly among young people, the wealth, value and need to preserve African heritage.
To access the leaflet for more details about African World Heritage Day – 5th May, click here
3rd AWHF REGIONAL YOUTH FORUM – CALL FOR APPLICATION/ANÚNCIO PARA O FÓRUM REGIONAL JUVENIL SOBRE O PATRIMÓNIO MUNDIAL AFRICANO
4th Meeting of the African Union Commission Working Group to develop the African Union (AU) Model Law on protection of Cultural Property and Heritage.
FAC-AFRICA COURSE: First Aid to Cultural Heritage in times of crisis (APPLICATION ANNOUNCEMENT)
CONCLUSION OF THE SIXTH ANNUAL COORDINATION MEETING OF THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE-RELATED CATEGORY 2 INSTITUTES & CENTRES
AWHF VACANT POSITION – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (AWHF)
AWHF VACANCY – Head of Programmes
AWHF VACANCY – Partnership Officer
APPLICATION FOR AWHF CONSERVATION GRANTS IS EXTENDED
AWHF MEETS WITH AMBASSADORS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EMBASSIES OF NORWAY, CHINA AND NETHERLANDS TO ETHIOPIA
AWHF PREPARES FOR THE 22nd BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING TO BE HELD IN DJIBLIHO, EQUATORIAL GUINEA
Above: Northern White Rhino – Last Male Sudan
NORTHERN WHITE RHINO: LAST MALE SUDAN DIES IN KENYA
The world’s last surviving male northern white rhino died on Monday, 19th March 2018 after months of poor health. Sudan was 45 and was kept at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. He was put to sleep after age-related complications worsened significantly. His death leaves only two females, his daughter and granddaughter of the subspecies alive in the world.
His death is a revelation of human disregard for nature, which is a saddening factor. It is important to take advantage of the unique situation in which cellular technologies are utilised for conservation of critically endangered species. According to experts, hope for preserving the northern white rhino now lies in developing in vitro fertilsation (IVF) techniques.
AWHF urges more caution and sensitivity to be shown towards endangered species and the conservation thereof to be heightened.