The UNESCO World Heritage Convention is an important international treaty that has for almost 50 years played a major role in expanding heritage legislation worldwide and identifying and promoting the protection of a growing list of the World’s most unique sites – both cultural and natural. Sadly, today however, this instrument risks to collapse under its own success. OURWORLDHERITAGE seeks to counter this destructive trend and renew the original spirit and mission of the World Heritage Convention, by engaging citizens, civil society groups and professional and academic organizations. 

With the call that “Together, we can shape the future of World Heritage!”, and acknowledging that “to be sustainable, development processes should fully reflect the contribution of heritage conservation”, the OurWorldHeritage Sustainability Team invited stakeholders to submit case studies illustrating the challenges and solutions for integrating heritage and sustainable development, to explore the key concepts of sustainability in World Heritage: People, Planet, Prosperity, and Peace. 

As a result of the Call for Case Studies, more than 124 case studies were submitted, from 50 countries of the 6 world regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Arab States, Europe, Latin America and North America. In this first round, 52 sites from both the already declared as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and that on the National Tentative Lists are participating. The selected Case Studies further participated in a Self-Assessment process based on 4 criteria: Environmental Sustainability, Inclusive Social Development, Inclusive Economic Development and Governance.

As OurWorldHeritage Sustainability Team, we are pleased to invite you to participate in the session entitled: “From the regional to the global approach: conclusions of the case studies 1”. In this session the conclusions of the Regions of North America, Europe and Arab States will be presented.
The presentation will be made by the Coordinators and a Guest Expert from each region, who has also participated in the Case Studies Regional Workshop held in June.
The main challenges, as well as good practices and regional learning, will be discussed, with the intention of recognizing patterns and deepening the diagnosis of the sustainable management of our World Heritage.
We will also be joined as special guests by experts from ICOMOS, IUCN and ICCROM, who will enrich the reflection with their experience as Advisory Bodies.

Luna Rajab, Expert for Culture Heritage, Reconstruction and Local Development UN-ESCWA, UNESCO and Executive Manager/Partner at ACE Architects & Consulting Engineers (Member of the OWH-Sustainability Team)


  1. Moderator intro
  2. Synthesis outcomes of Europe
    Region Coordinator – Pamela Duran Diaz
    Guest expert to validate the outcomes – Miquel Vidal
  3. Reflection on a North America case study
    Region Coordinator – Susan Ross
    Guest expert to present Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Site – Alison Haugh
  4. Synthesis outcomes of Arab States 
    Region Coordinator – Luna Rajab
    Guest expert togighlight the recommendations for the countries in crisis – Mourad Bouteflika & Nizar Al Adarbeh
  5. ICOMOS Expert Commentary – Sofia Avgerinou Kolonias
  6. IUCN Expert Commentary
  7. Q&A
  8. OWH Team Concluding Remarks