Perception is everything when it comes to Great Barrier Reef tourism.
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All mention of Australia has been removed from an international report on climate change on the grounds that it would damage tourism. Here's the evidence.
Ethiopians reading newspapers in the capital Addis Ababa. The country’s media is among the most repressed on the continent.
Press freedom has changed little in the past decade. If the African Union is to commit to the principles of democracy, it needs to do more to uphold freedom of expression and protects its journalists.
Political will could have rescued Palmyra. Here's why it didn't.
The temple of Baal Shamin in Palmyra, which has been destroyed by ISIS in Palmyra.
Barely a week after ISIS beheaded Khaled al-Asaad, the Syrian expert who devoted his life to the study of Palmyra, the group is reported to have destroyed a nearly 2,000-year-old temple dedicated to Baalshamin…
Victoria Island waterfront in Lagos. President Buhari needs to emulate China and South Korea by urgently investing in science and technology to take Nigeria’s economy to the next level.
Investing in science, technology and innovation can help give Nigeria a positive lift in many sectors of the economy.
The heritage of Africa’s Sibudu Cave needs to be preserved as development plans threaten the site.
Africa needs to protect the Sibudu cave from development.
The World Heritage Committee’s deliberations involved far more than a simple tick for the Great Barrier Reef.
Australia was spared the ignominy of having the Great Barrier Reef listed as officially in danger. But comments from member countries of the World Heritage Committee show the world is still worried about it.
It’s still too early to declare that it’s blue skies for the Great Barrier Reef.
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Whether it's on the official "in danger" list or not, the Great Barrier Reef is clearly under threat. UNESCO has placed its faith in Australia, but without urgent action the problems will not go away.
The Australian government's commitments to protecting the reef means it avoids the embarrassing classification - for now.
Australia has persuaded UNESCO it has a plan to save the Great Barrier Reef - now the policies and funds must materialise.
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UNESCO's World Heritage Committee has spared Australia's blushes by opting not to list the Great Barrier Reef as 'in danger'. But it has also demanded that Australia make good on its plans to save it.
President Park Geun-hye stresses the importance of education for all.
The UN's ambitious education program must be extended to the most marginalised and disadvantaged.
When World Heritage sites are under threat, like Florida’s Everglades National Park, they are added to the List of World Heritage in Danger.
The United Nations is set to decide whether to add the Great Barrier Reef to the List of World Heritage in Danger. But what is the list, and what does it mean for the places that are on it?
Prayers at school in Kashmir. Education quality around the world is now under the spotlight.
Discussions at the World Education Forum in South Korea will shape the future of millions of young people.
Quality control: in Liberia in 2014, all students failed their university entrance exams.
Countries have a lot to gain by making sure all people leave school with functional literacy.
Culture hardly rates a mention in the current Intergenerational Report, or those that preceded it.
Culture is barely mentioned in the latest Intergenerational Report – as was the case with the three preceding it. But we need strong policies to support cultural heritage, and we need them urgently.
UNESCO status: a mill stone round Edinburgh’s neck?
Edinburgh, recently voted fourth-most-beautiful city in the world, is one of many having problems with the coveted UNESCO status. It's time for change.
Turtles are among the species that could be harmed by dredging, even under the government’s new dredge dumping rules.
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The Australian government’s latest report on the Great Barrier Reef, submitted to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre last Friday, has been carefully crafted and word-smithed, with many of its claims supported…
In this January 2015 photograph, a man walks through the ruins of Old Aleppo, a designated World Heritage site.
Recently in Aleppo, Syria, the Jabha Shamiya militia has started carrying out a new urban warfare strategy: tunnel bombing. Aside from the human damage wrought by this tactic, it is also extremely damaging…
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Two initiatives aimed at getting children to learn and read more have just launched with a flourish. The $15m Global Learning Xprize pits teams of innovators across the world in a competition aiming to…
Tony Abbott may have planted a few trees, but he’s also sought to bury many of Australia’s environmental safeguards.
Before the 2013 election, Tony Abbott gave us fair warning that he would turn the clock back on the environment. As promised, his government has devoted itself to short-term economics and the sort of hardline…