GLOBAL NEWS FROM PHL

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Consult the pages below for news about international affairs in the region and the activities of the organizations, businesses, people, and communities that contribute to the global character of Philadelphia.  

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Philadelphia’s rising prominence as a global city is showcased through numerous events and organizations that highlight our region’s diversity and international connections. The Greater Philadelphia area is one of the most internationally-oriented, economically competitive, and forward-thinking regions in our nation, and much of that success can be attributed to our local globally-minded initiatives. We can find one such initiative just about an hour outside of the city, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
May 6, 2019
Since its foundation, World Congresses of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) have furthered their evolution through meetings of the OWHC community, which are held every two years on the many topics related to Urban World Heritage. The next World Congress of the OWHC will be held from June 2 – 5, 2019, in Krakow, Poland. The theme of this 15th OWHC& World Congress is “Heritage and Tourism: Local communities and visitors – sharing responsibilities.”
May 6, 2019
Philadelphia ranks as the third country with the most historic buildings, behind New York City and Los Angeles. In recent months, a newly formed Philadelphia Historic Preservation Task Force has been discussing our city’s efforts as related to historic preservation, and has engaged in meetings and public forums to discuss preservation opportunities for our region, as well as discuss how they can educate residents and businesses within our region on how they can help and advocate for preservation efforts.
May 1, 2019
Anna Broomall (1847-1931), a pioneer in women’s medicine and surgery, was recently honored with a historical marker from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). The new marker is located on the premises of Widener University, near where she lived in Delaware County. 
May 1, 2019
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) recently released a report discussing the challenges in public transportation to provide access to tourist attractions in the Greater Philadelphia area. With Philadelphia being a World Heritage City and an epicenter for tourism, attracting thousands of visitors each year to attractions such as Independence Hall, the Penn Museum, and Fairmount Park, providing easy access to these tourist spots are important to help our region grow economically.
May 1, 2019
Philadelphia is renowned as a city of museums, with a huge range of institutions exploring the history of specific disciplines, groups and happenings – such as the Museum of Art, the African-American History Museum, and the Museum of the American Revolution, to name just a few. But did you know that Philadelphia has a museum dedicated entirely to the history of pharmacy?
May 1, 2019
English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) is an intensive advanced English and professional skills program that prepares non-native English speakers from a variety of fields for careers with the federal government.
April 30, 2019
Global Philadelphia Association (GPA) recently wrote a guest column for the Philadelphia Business Journal. In this article, GPA Board Chair Robert J. McNeill and Executive Director Zabeth Teelucksingh comment on the United States’ recent decision to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). They highlight that, despite this change, Philadelphia will remain a World Heritage City, and GPA will continue to promote Philadelphia’s international standing through the World Heritage City Project.
April 22, 2019
On Easter Sunday in 1939, more than 75,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to hear the legendary Marian Anderson sing. Her talent already was remarkable — she began singing at Philadelphia-area Baptist churches at 6 and was called the “Baby Contralto.” But her skin was Black. Thus, the famed African-American contralto was barred from singing at Constitution Hall in Washington by the Daughters of the American Revolution, who owned the hall, because of her race.
April 22, 2019
Independence Hall celebrates 40th anniversary of UNESCO designation – Thursday, April 18, 2019, marks International Day for Monuments and Sites, which celebrates cultural heritage around the world and focuses on preserving and conserving historical and archaeological sites.
April 17, 2019