World Heritage and Sustainable Development: sharing experiences from Africa and China

The World Heritage Centre, in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund and the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO, is organizing the UNESCO-Africa-China Forum on World Heritage Capacity Building and Cooperation, from 9 to 11 April 2019 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. This follows the November 2018 African and Chinese Experts meeting on Safeguarding World Heritage in Africa and China. 

The Forum will start with a high-level session of African and Chinese government officials representing national authorities in charge of culture, environment and infrastructural development, and in particular those in charge of the implementation of the World Heritage Convention and the management of protected areas. It will also include presentations from African and Chinese experts highlighting the challenges and successes of managing World Heritage properties in their respective countries. The Forum will provide an opportunity for ministers to share their views and concerns regarding the challenges and opportunities for sustainable development at World Heritage properties in Africa and China, as well as enhancing the dialogue between the heritage and development sectors.


For any further information, Mr Edmond Moukala, Chief of the Africa Unit of the World Heritage Centre by phone +33 (0)1 45681463 or by email at wh-africa@unesco.org


Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang (China) © Ko Hon Chiu Vincent