World Heritage and Climate Change: IFLA Europe joins request to address state party climate action in state of conservation reports and draft decisions Introduction
IFLA Europe, together with 75 organisations and individuals that are concerned about the impacts of climate change on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of UNESCO World Heritage properties to recommend, signs a letter (link here), calling on UNESCO, the World Heritage Centre and the World Heritage Advisory Bodies to protect world heritage sites threatened by climate change by holding nations accountable for their contributions to climate change and failure to align their actions with a 1.5°C pathway. In particular, the letter asks that the:
- Include in state of conservation reports and draft decisions for climate-vulnerable world heritage properties under review conclusions about whether the relevant nation’s actions are consistent with a 1.5°C pathway, and, if they are not, recommend steps the nation should take to achieve this; and
- Request nations to report on how they are proactively aligning their actions with the international community’s goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C.