The UNESCO World Heritage Convention provides leadership in celebrating and safeguarding the cultural and natural heritage of the world, not only the Outstanding Universal Value of the 1.000+ sites on the World Heritage List, but all heritage valued by local communities. Based on UNESCO’s strategic objectives of Conservation, Credibility, Capacity-Building, Communities and Communication, heritage protection can be a medium to achieve our transformation into more locally empowered, just and resilient societies, based on the principles of People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnerships underpinning the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. However, this potential contribution is largely under-utilized, and depends on sustaining a mutually beneficial and progressive relationship between heritage and development processes, often not understood and harnessed effectively.
This session will explore new approaches in heritage management and governance, to challenge traditional setbacks in heritage thinking and to support the development of a more positive relationship between heritage and development, urgently needed in the face of our unprecedented global challenges. This session is hosted by the International Cultural Centre in Kraków, as part of the 6th Heritage Forum of Central Europe focusing on the theme ‘Heritage & Development’ and co-organized with the OWH Sustainability Thematic Debate Team.In this session, in the form of a Round Table, themes convergent to the main theme of Heritage Sustainability will be addressed, such as: resilience, evolution, conservation, landscape and future of heritage. It is suggested that in addition to the conceptual and methodological framework, the speakers briefly present a case that exemplifies their experience in this line.
Event organized in collaboration with the OWH Sustainability Team, on the occasion of the 6th Heritage Forum of Central Europe.
Pamela Duran (Mexico), Technical University of Munich. Co-Convener OWH-Sustainability Team
Jordi Morató (Spain), UNESCO Chair of Sustainability. Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain. Member of the FLACAM Network (TBC)
Topic: Ancestral Hydrotechnologies for Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Emergency
Ruben Pesci (Argentina), President FLACAM / Co-Convener OWH-Sustainability Team
Topic: Heritage and Evolutionary Project. The case of the Biosphere Reserve in Urban Environment of Santa Catarina
Ege Yildirim (Turkey), OWH-Sustainability Team Coordinator
Topic: Heritage in localizing SDGs. Case: Comparing international advocacy and local site management
Cornelius Holtorf (Sweden), Professor of Archaeology. UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures at Linnaeus University. Director of the Graduate School in Contract Archaeology (GRASCA)
Topic: Cultural Heritage Strengthening Human Resilience