The 44th World Heritage Conference of UNESCO (the United Nations branch for culture, education, science and communication) will last until the end of the month, but this is already a high-profile session. Not only because the deliberations were postponed for a year because of corona and are now taking place online for the first time, but also because observers notice a new militancy in the organization. UNESCO is sinking its teeth into it, under the Chinese presidency. Australia, Italy and Hungary can have their say. All three narrowly prevented their major tourist attractions – namely the Great Barrier Reef, the canals of Venice and the historic center of Budapest – from being classified as ‘threatened’.