Preah Vihear dispute has a social cost

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While the Cambodian and Thai governments continue their dispute over the management of the Preah Vihear temple, this article explores the social cost of the dispute – the temple, once a symbol of unity for Thais and Cambodians living in the area, have become divided along nationalistic lines.

Politics and Preah Vihear
Bangkok Post, 19 February 2008
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World Heritage Training Centre for Asia

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16 May 2007 (UNESCO World Heritage) – While not directly pertaining to the archaeology of Southeast Asia, this bit of news will undoubtably have some resonance for future world heritage sites in SEA. For a list of the UNESCO (archaeological) World Heritage Sites in SEA, check out the resources section.

Inauguration of a World Heritage Training and Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific Region in China

The Government of China will launch a World Heritage Training and Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific Region in China. The inauguration ceremony of this institute will take place at Tongji University, Shanghai with the presence of Mr Francesco Bandarin, Director of UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Mr Mounir Bouchenaki, Director-General of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), Mr Michael Petzet, President of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and Mr Zhang Xinsheng, Chairman of the Executive Board of UNESCO and Vice Minister of Education of the Government of China.

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A survey of heritage charters

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31 July 2006 (The Philippine Daily Enquirer) – An outline of heritage charters and cultural resource protection agencies around the world.

A survey of heritage charters

THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL of Monuments and Sites (Icomos) is the international organization of heritage practitioners based in Paris. It regulates the conservation profession through charters, resolutions and declarations developed by its committees and adopted in a general assembly.

The Charter for the Protection and Management of the Underwater Cultural Heritage was prepared by the International Committee for the Management of Archaeological Heritage and approved by the 9th General Assembly of Icomos in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1996.