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Well, well, dear all, look at this because this is no regular turtle! 😉 This #turtle is a 'Galápagos tortoise", and it is the largest living species of tortoise. Nowadays, giant tortoises like this one live only on two archipelagos: Aldabra, in the Indian Ocean (700km east of Tanzania) and the #Galápagos Islands (1000km west of #Ecuador), a site inscribed on @UNESCO's #WorldHeritage List.

Did you know that turtles have the longest life time of any animal, but nearly half of all turtle species are threatened with extinction?

Today, 23 May, is #WorldTurtleDay, and like on yesterday's #BiodiversityDay, we call on you all to stand up for Nature, to protect biodiversity and to build a sustainable future for all species living on Earth.

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"When the last tree is cut down, the last fish eaten, and the last stream poisoned, you will realize that you cannot eat money"

International Day for Biological Diversity is a wake up call.

The time to act is NOW.
Now is the time to stand up for biodiversity.
Now is the time to stand up for our future.

#BiodiversityDay #IntlBiodiversityDay #IDB2018 #Biodiversity25years #Biodiversity #BiologicalDiversity #Diversity #Nature #Earth #ParisAgreement #ClimateChange #Agenda2030 #UNESCO #MakeOurPlanetGreatAgain

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"We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” American Indian proverb.

22 May is International Day for Biological Diversity. Biodiversity is a common good, an invaluable legacy formed over the course of millions of years, and capital to transmit to future generations. In its definition, it includes the exceptional variety of the forms of life on Earth, as well as the natural environments where these forms developed – the ecosystems. Biodiversity is central to our own existence, offering all nature's resources to our development.

Biodiversity, however, is not inexhaustible. Human interventions – extensive exploitation of resources, unsustainable patterns of consumption, industrial pollution causing climate change – are resulting in irreparable damage to biodiversity.

UNESCO pledges to work towards halting the loss of biodiversity and fostering the sustainable use of ecosystems. Through initiatives like the Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB), we are aiming to ensure a harmonious balance between human activities and the natural environment. In addition, at sites on the World Heritage List, in UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves and Global Geoparks, we are developping, with all our partners, innovative solutions by addressing issues of biodiversity and cultural diversity in a complementary manner.

This International Day aims to raise awareness of these issues that are crucial to our lives today and in the future.

If we want a future, we must protect Earth's biodiversity. The time to act is now.
#BiodiversityDay #IntlBiodiversityDay #IDB2018 #Biodiversity25years #Biodiversity #BiologicalDiversity #Diversity #Nature #Earth #ParisAgreement #ClimateChange #Agenda2030 #UNESCO #MakeOurPlanetGreatAgain

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Today, UNESCO is celebrating the 18th World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Cultural diversity gives our life its richness, its colour and its dynamism. It is a cognitive and intellectual opening and a driving force for social development and economic growth.

Of course, cultural diversity is not in itself a factor of peace and progress. For this it requires learning, learning about otherness, the ability to shift focus away from oneself, to dialogue and to recognize the value concealed in each culture.

This World Day is specifically designed to raise awareness of these issues. It invites us to go beyond the acknowledgement of diversity and to recognize the benefits of cultural pluralism, regarded as an ethical and political principle of equal respect for cultural identities and traditions. “I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the culture of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible." With this imagery, Mahatma Gandhi was suggesting that culture is not a heritage set in stone, but one that is living and breathing, open to influences and dialogue, allowing us to adapt more peacefully to the changes in the world.

UNESCO invites everyone on this day of celebrations to open their doors and
windows to the invigorating wind of diversity!

#CulturalDiversity #Culture #Diversity #UNESCO #SustainableDevelopment #Peace #Dialogue #Society #People

To be able freely to build one’s identity, drawing on various cultural sources, and to be able to develop one’s heritage in a creative way are the foundations of a peaceful and sustainable development of our societies.
Today is World Day for #CulturalDiversity, for Dialogue & Development.
Let's celebrate humanity's rich #diversity

Love is not a crime. Discrimination is not an option. Love is just love.
Let's use the power of education to counter intolerance. UNESCO is committed to protecting the rights of homosexual and transgender people by drawing across its mandate to advance education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. These are powerful tools to fight the prejudice, verbal violence and stigmatization that foreshadow physical violence and that violate the equality and inherent dignity of all. This work for reason and tolerance begins on the benches of school.

#IDAHOBIT2018 #LoveIsLove #IDAHOT #IDAHOBT #LGBTI #CultureofLove #Love

As American artist, James Turrell once said that “light is not so much something that reveals as it is itself the revelation”. The night sky provided inspiration for thousands of years, providing the basis of cultural symbolism and philosophy from the African zodiac to the Mayan calendar.
The invention of the candle led to the pre-historic cave paintings.

In the arts, light is intrinsic to the stained glass windows of the 4th century, the illuminated scripts of the Middle ages, through to photography, cinematography and the performing arts of the late 19th century.
Today International Day of Light, we celebrate the vital role that light plays in our lives.
It has been a source of inspiration for scientists, artists and philosophers in the past. It is to bring the ideas from different cultures together through the study and use of light, as Ibn Al-Haytham once did.
And it continues to dazzle us today. 💫
Let there be light!⚡️ #IDL2018 #light

We need YOU! Help us promote dialogue, heritage and tradition.

Are you living or traveling along the Silk Roads?

Are you aged 14-25 years old?

Participate in the UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads photo contest and share with us your pictures. You’ve got until 15 July!

Check out our bio for more information!

#UNESCOSilkRoads #heritage #youth 📸: Majid Al Amri

"Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it." - Salvador Dalí

11 May marks the anniversary of the birthday of one of the most famous surrealist artists in history, Salvador Dalí.

He drew his inspiration from the wild and secluded Costa Brava, with its steep and rocky shoreline, and from the enigmatic landscapes of the Ampurdan region constantly buffeted by the Tramontane, the northerly wind coming off the mountains.

After studying art in Madrid, where he was a contemporary of Luis Buñuel, García Lorca, Rafael Alberti and other figures of the Spanish avant-garde of the 1930s, he exhibited his work in Barcelona, where his paintings and eccentricities made him a celebrity.

In 1928 he moved to Paris, where the Surrealist group of artists and writers were so taken aback by his work that the French poet André Breton declared that Dalí embodied the Surrealist spirit: "the poetic and visionary images of his paintings possess an extraordinary intensity and explosive force." He invented an imaginary world. An authentic landscape of the mind came to the surface through his depictions of "soft" watches, boundless perspectives stretching into infinity, elongated staffs, human limbs exaggerated out of all 'proportion, giraffes bursting into flames, gold coins and other forms that made him a fitting exemplar of the "paranoiac critical" theory embraced so enthusiastically by Freud and the painters and poets of the time, whereby images were brought up from the subconscious mind.

Dalí often claimed that his entire work was a projection of his inner world, the representation of his subconscious, and the obsessions and fantasies of an artist who turned his hand with equal energy to painting, sculpture, literature, drama, stage design, jewellery, film-making, the design of artefacts and public "happenings". The Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueras, which was founded in 1974, epitomizes the world of fantasy, theatrical effect and over-brimming imagination inhabited by Salvador Dali, a figure who was a source of interest to poets and artists, filmmakers and scientists, philosophers and politicians, children & adults alike.

#SalvadorDalí #Dalí #Spain #Art #Surrealism #Culture

Can you guess what this is?
Today we are in #Turkey. Welcome to the #WorldHeritage site of Nemrut Dağ!

Crowning one of the highest peaks of the Eastern Taurus mountain range in south-east Turkey, Nemrut Dağ is the Hierotheseion (temple-tomb and house of the gods) built by the late Hellenistic King Antiochos I of Commagene (69-34 B.C.) as a monument to himself.

With a diameter of 145 m, the 50 m high funerary mound of stone chips is surrounded on three sides by terraces to the east, west and north directions. Two separate antique processional routes radiate from the east and west terraces. Five giant seated limestone statues, identified by their inscriptions as deities, face outwards from the tumulus on the upper level of the east and west terraces. These are flanked by a pair of guardian animal statues – a lion and eagle – at each end. The heads of the statues have fallen off to the lower level, which accommodates two rows of sandstone stelae, mounted on pedestals with an altar in front of each stele. One row carries relief sculptures of Antiochos’ paternal Persian ancestors, the other of his maternal Macedonian ancestors. Inscriptions on the backs of the stelae record the genealogical links. A square altar platform is located at the east side of the east terrace. On the west terrace there is an additional row of stelae representing the particular significance of Nemrut, the handshake scenes (dexiosis) showing Antiochos shaking hands with a deity and the stele with a lion horoscope, believed to be indicating the construction date of the cult area. The north terrace is long, narrow and rectangular in shape, and hosts a series of sandstone pedestals. The stelae lying near the pedestals on the north terrace have no reliefs or inscriptions.

The Hierotheseion of Antiochos I is one of the most ambitious constructions of the Hellenistic period. Its complex design and colossal scale combined to create a project unequalled in the ancient world. The syncretism of its pantheon and the lineage of its kings, which can be traced back through two sets of legends, Greek and Persian, is evidence of the dual origin of this kingdom's culture.

Congratulations! 👏👏👏
The winner of the 1st prize of the African World Heritage Day photo contest is Mrinal Mohit ! #MyAfricanheritage #PriorityAfrica #5May 📷: Namib Sand Sea, Namibia

Here comes the second one. The winner of the 2nd prize of the #AfricanWorldHeritageDay photo contest is Machano Ashraki Mussa from Ash Gallery.

Cingratulations! 👏
#MyAfricanheritage #PriorityAfrica #5May 📷: Stone Town of Zanzibar, United-Republic of Tanzania

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