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Issue No:63
  • :0973-1121
  • :November
  • :2012

The Sea Hold

The sea is large.
The sea hold on a leg of land in the Chesapeake hugs an early sunset
and a last morning star over the oyster beds and the late clam boats
of lonely men.
Five white houses on a half-mile strip of land … five white dice
rolled from a tube.

Not so long ago … the sea was large…
And today the sea has lost nothing … it keeps all.

I am a loon about the sea.
I make so many sea songs, I cry so many sea cries, I forget so many
sea songs and sea cries.

I am a loon about the sea.
So are five men I had a fish fry with once in a tar-paper shack
trembling in a sand storm.

The sea knows more about them than they know themselves.
They know only how the sea hugs and will not let go.

The sea is large.
The sea must know more than any of us.

­­—Carl Sandburg

WORLD HERITAGE

Indigenous Peoples

At its tenth session, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) made several recommendations.

At the 34th (Brasilia, 2010), 35th (UNESCO, 2011) and 36th (St Petersburg, 2012) sessions of the World Heritage Committee, representatives of the UNPFII were present as observers and provided statements.

The World Heritage Committee developed a vision and strategic action plan for the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.

It noted that UNESCO is in the process of preparing a policy with regard to its programmes on indigenous peoples and encouraged these considerations to be included in the theme of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention in 2012 on “World Heritage and Sustainable Development: the Role of Local Communities”.

A specific issue on world heritage and indigenous peoples has been published as World Heritage Review No. 62 to draw the attention of the international community to this important topic.

It is available online in English, French and Spanish at: http://whc.unesco.org/en/review/62/.

An international expert workshop on the World Heritage Convention and Indigenous Peoples was held in September 2012 in Denmark, hosted by the Danish Agency for Culture, the Government of...

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