More than 70 countries put forward nominations aimed at safeguarding a wide variety of diverse and unique traditions at a meeting in Botswana this week.
The impacts of climate change including related disasters, such as wildfires and sea level rise, are increasingly raising a question about how best to save cultural heritage.
The U.S. could reenter the cultural and educational body several years after it pulled out of the group citing an "anti-Israel bias" and other concerns.
UNESCO's new report on child marriages shows signs of progress. Yet each year, 12 million girls marry before they turn 18. And the pandemic, climate change and conflict has only made things worse.
Odesa in Ukraine has been added to the cultural sites that UNESCO is highlighting. Also being included are ancient sites in Lebanon and Yemen.
The humble but versatile French loaf is recognized by UNESCO as a tradition worthy of preservation by humanity. French officials have warned that closure of traditional bakeries put the bread at risk.
Ukraine's culture minister declared victory in "the borsch war" as Russia also lays claim to the hearty beet soup. UNESCO says the invasion threatens Ukraine's borsch culture with "extreme urgency."
The damaged sites include churches, historic buildings, museums and monuments. A UNESCO spokesperson said they fear more sites will be added to the list, as the group works to verify the destruction.