2012 - 40th Anniversary Celebrations of the World Heritage Convention (Related Events in Japan)

December 27, 2011

  1. Throughout the year of 2012, various events and activities will take place in Japan to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage adopted by UNESCO's member states in 1972.

  2. On February 13, 2012, Mrs. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, will present the UNESCO World Heritage Certificate to Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture at Hiraizumi. On the same day, a launching ceremony of the 40th anniversary celebrations in Japan will be held at Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture, with her presence.

  3. Japan will also host a final official event to wrap up all the 40th anniversary celebrations in the world in Kyoto from November 6 to 8, 2012.
    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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