Established in 1992, the World Heritage Centre is the focal point and coordinator within the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for all matters related to World Heritage. The Centre’s staff have substantial knowledge about the biodiversity within natural World Heritage sites, and are well-placed to evaluate efforts to protect that biodiversity.
The Centre coordinates:
- all World Heritage site nomination and evaluation processes;
- international reporting on the condition of World Heritage sites; and
- emergency action undertaken when a site is threatened.
The UN Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. It builds partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilize resources and advocate policy changes to support the UN’s work for individual and global progress. The UN Foundation’s work – focused on select global problems – is decreasing child mortality, improving disaster relief, protecting diverse cultures and environments, creating a clean energy future, empowering women and girls, and improving U.S.-UN relations.
The UN Foundation’s Sustainable Development program works with the UN to conserve World Heritage sites and promote livelihoods for the communities that depend on them. For 10 years, the UN Foundation has assisted governments, industry and local communities in the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. It has mobilized more than $100 million in support of World Heritage, biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods, and is recognized as the world’s largest private supporter of World Heritage.
Fauna & Flora International has over a century of experience in the conservation of threatened species and ecosystems worldwide. FFI operates primarily in developing countries, often focusing on building the capacity of local organisations in their efforts to protect biodiversity.
FFI has a strong history of undertaking conservation efforts in post-disaster or post-conflict situations – for example, in Cambodia, Liberia, and in Aceh following the 2004 tsunami. FFI also has substantial experience in the effective and transparent management of funding programmes, through the Conservation Leadership Program, Flagship Species Fund and Halcyon Land & Sea Fund.