Dear friends and colleagues,

It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the passing of our beloved and respected Salvador Diaz-Berrio Fernández, a member of ICOMOS since 1970.

The World Heritage Convention has made available three publications: the "Managing Cultural World Heritage" reference manual; the new database, "State of Conservation of World Heritage properties"; and "Celebrating 40 years of the World Heritage Convention", the proceedings of Closing Event of the Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.

23 May 2012

Following the alarming situation in Mali, the Blue Shield expresses its deep concern regarding the safeguarding of the country’s invaluable cultural and historical heritage and deplores the suffering and loss of life this conflict has entailed.

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