Junhi Han has been working at the World Heritage Centre since November 2006 as Programme Specialist at the Asia and Pacific Desk. Her main task is to advise the State Parties in Central and South Asian, as well as Mekong River countries in their implementation of the World Heritage Convention. This includes a close monitoring state of conservation of the World Heritage properties in the Region and reporting to the World Heritage Committee. On the other hand, she coordinates and implements (have implemented) a number of UNESCO flagship projects, notably Safeguarding the Bamiyan Budha Niches, Emergency Conservation of Endangered Monuments in Jam and Herat (Afghanistan), and the Bayon Temple projects at Angkor (Cambodia). The Project Safeguarding of Koguryo Tombs and Mural Paintings in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea that she initiated a decade ago has grown up to one of the UNESCO’s flagship projects. Her most recent initiative in the Region is a pilot project World Heritage for Local Community and Sustainable Development, launched in three World Heritage properties in South Asia notably in Makli (Pakistan).
Prior to joining the World Heritage Centre, she worked in the Division of Cultural Heritage of UNESCO, which was the main body for all UNESCO’s operational projects in the field of cultural heritage. Her major achievements during this period is, among others, the launching of the Post-Campaign Strategy for Moenjodaro (Pakistan). The project Preservation of the Frozen Tombs of the Altai Mountains, which she developed and implemented in the Russian Altai, is the first UNESCO project that brought attention of international community into the nomadic peoples that inhabited the Eurasian Steppe in the first millennium BCE and their rich archaeological heritage lying scattered in the Eurasian Steppe. She served as coordinator of the Joint UNESCO-UNV Programme “United Nations Volunteers for Cultural Heritage.
A curator by training with M.A. in Museum Studies in France, notably from the Ecole nationale du Louvre in parallel with curricula in the Institute of Art and Archaeology, Paris I Pantheon, she has made several publications and authored a number of articles in various journals related to heritage. She is a member of ICOMOS since 2008.
- Afghanistan’s cultural heritage: Safeguarding Campaign
- Emergency consolidation and Restoration of Monuments in Herat and Jam, Phase I and II
- Pakistan - The post-campaign activities: Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro
- The Koguryo Dynasty and its Heritage – Tombs and mural paintings in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
- UNESCO/Swiss Funds in-Trust Emergency consolidation of the monuments in Jam
- World Heritage, Sustainable Development and Community Involvement
- Inter-Regional Workshop held in Pakistan: “World Heritage and Sustainable Development: The Role of Local Communities” Monday, 18 December 2017
- UNESCO Convenes International Symposium on “The Future of the Bamiyan Buddha Statues: Technical Considerations and Potential Effects on Authenticity and Outstanding Universal Value” Friday, 22 September 2017
- Reactive Monitoring Mission to the Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore, Pakistan Thursday, 12 January 2017
- The 13th Bamiyan Expert Working Group Meeting met in Germany Tuesday, 13 December 2016
- Reactive Monitoring Mission to The Sundarbans World Heritage property (Bangladesh) Monday, 21 March 2016
- Inter-Regional Workshop “World Heritage and Sustainable Development: The Role of Local Communities” 23-Nov-2017-24-Nov-2017
- The 13th Bamiyan Expert Working Group Meeting to be held in Munich 01-Dec-2016-03-Dec-2016
- Reactive Monitoring Mission to the Historical Monuments at Makli, Thatta World Heritage property (Pakistan) 19-Apr-2016-23-Apr-2016
- Photo Exhibition for the Preservation of the World Heritage Site of the Koguryo Tombs and Mural Paintings of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 12-Oct-2012-26-Oct-2012
- 3rd Expert Working Group Meeting for the Old City of Herat and the Archaeological Remains of Jam World Heritage Property 04-Sep-2012-06-Sep-2012