National Value of UNESCO in the UK

Jodrell Bank is the UK’s latest UNESCO World Heritage Site and we’re incredibly proud to have joined this unique and special family.

Set up as a specialised agency of the United Nations in the wake of the Second World War, UNESCO harnesses the power of education, culture, science, communication and information to advance global peace building, sustainable development, intercultural dialogue and the eradication of poverty.

New research published by UNESCO UK this week, shows that UNESCO projects can help build a greener, more equal and more peaceful world, while also creating financial value. -UNESCO projects in the UK generate an estimated £151 million of financial benefit to local communities each year and help bring them together to protect and conserve some of the most important places across the country.

We’ve joined a rich and diverse group of sites, from expansive mountain ranges in the Highlands of Scotland to densely populated urban areas such as Belfast, Bradford and Manchester. Meanwhile, alongside World Heritage Sites like us, UNESCO certified projects include Global Geoparks, Biosphere Reserves and Creative Cities. The projects span 12% of the UK’s land area and comprise of partnerships between 1,300 organisations, charities, and businesses!

Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General has said of the report:

“At a time when we all look for solutions to build more resilient societies after Covid-19, UNESCO sites offer a wealth of concrete actions to reinvent our relationship with nature, to develop decent jobs and foster social cohesion. This report by the UK National Commission for UNESCO is a blueprint for sustainability, and I believe all Countries can take inspiration from this research.”

UK Government Heritage Minister Nigel Huddleston MP said:

“From Stonehenge to Jodrell Bank, our UNESCO sites tell the story of our shared history and attract visitors from all over the world. This research is testament to the important role these sites play in their local communities and, once it is safe to do so, we will be encouraging people to visit.”

You can find out more about the incredible national value of UNESCO in the UK, by exploring their new report here…