Tourist diving in the Great Barrier Reef off Australian coast. Photograph:   William West/AFP via Getty

Australia has warned that the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation risks damaging its own credibility if it follows through with a pro(...)

Aerial view from November 2014 of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of Queensland. Photograph:  SARAH LAI/AFP via Getty Images

Australia has labelled a draft decision by the UN’s World Heritage Committee to include the Great Barrier Reef on its “in danger” list as politically (...)

The Unesco recommendation specifically referred to changes to the £5 billion Liverpool waters redevelopment scheme.

Unesco has recommended Liverpool waterfront be removed from the list of world heritage sites after the city ignored its advice over the development of(...)

Skellig Michael, Co Kerry. While the World Heritage Convention offers a global tool for conserving our heritage, climate change will continue to create risks and issues for conservation. Photograph: Chris Hill/Getty

For almost 50 years, Unesco’s 1972 world heritage convention (WHC) has been the foremost global instrument for the protection of humanity’s natural an(...)

The Dome of the Rock, in the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s old city. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Israel has condemned a resolution criticising its treatment of the holy sites in Jerusalem. After the resolution was adopted on Wednesday by the Worl(...)

An undated photo of a turtle swimming over bleached coral near Heron Island, in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Photograph: Catlin Seaview Survey/ The New York Times

Australian scientists say that just seven per cent of the Great Barrier Reef, which attracts around €3.4 billion (A$5 billion) in tourism every year,(...)

Japan’s Taro Aso and South Korea’s Choi Kyung-Hwan: with China they are in dispute over second World War memories. Photograph: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images

East Asia’s three leading powers have long sparred over how to remember the first half of the 20th century. Now, as the 70th anniversary of Japan’s su(...)

 Divers on  the Great Barrier Reef, which Unesco’s World Heritage Committee called on the Australian government to protect. File photograph: Jeff Hunter/Photographer’s Choice/Getty Images

A heritage committee of the Unesco cultural agency stopped short on Friday of placing Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on an “in danger” list, but raise(...)

The Great Barrier Reef has the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, with 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish, 4,000 types of mollusc, and is a habitat for threatened species.

Australia said yesterday it had the know-how to protect the Great Barrier Reef after the UN’s cultural agency criticised a plan to dump sand nearby, b(...)

Unesco has called for a halt to the development of a controversial £100 million golf resort on Northern Ireland’s north coast, it was revealed (...)