World Heritage Youth Forum

 

World Heritage Youth Forum is among the main activities of the World Heritage Education Programme designed to foster intercultural learning and exchange by bringing students and teachers together from different parts of the world.

Since the first World Heritage Youth Forum in 1995, in Bergen, Norway, more than 34 international, regional and national youth  fora have been held around the world.

For students, it is a chance to meet young people from other countries, learn about their heritage, discuss common concerns and discover new roles for themselves in heritage conservation.

For teachers, it is an opportunity to debate new educational approaches, contribute to the World Heritage educational resource Kit “World Heritage in Young Hands”, and establish a network for future development of World Heritage education activities.

These forums serve as a catalyst and spark inspiration to develop World Heritage educational and participatory activities on a regional, as well as on international level.

Whenever possible, hands-on skills development activities are integrated in the Agenda of the Forum.

World Heritage Youth Forums are now also organized and held in conjunction with yearly sessions of the World Heritage Committee. One of the exciting highlights of the forums is meeting members of the World Heritage Committee and its Advisory Bodies to discuss the Convention and its implementation. A youth delegation also presents the results of the Youth Forum to the Committee.
World Heritage Youth Forum
YearTitlePlaceRegion
1996 World Heritage Forum on Young People’s Participation in World Heritage Preservation and Promotion (25-30 May 1996) Dubrovnik, Croatia Europe
1996 First African World Heritage Youth Forum (18-24 September 1996) Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Africa
1997 Asia-Pacific World Heritage Youth Forum (15-21 September 1997) Beijing, China Asia
1998 Second International World Heritage Youth Forum (22-29 November 1998) Osaka, Japan Asia
1999 World Heritage Youth Forum and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (23-27 August 1999) Dakar-Gorée, Sénégal Africa
1999 First Arab Youth Forum on World Heritage (22-28 November 1999) Ifrane, Morocco Arab states
2000 First Pacific World Heritage Youth Forum (23-28 November 2000) Cairns, Australia Asia
2001 World Heritage Youth Forum for Latin America on Sustainable Tourism (26 February – 1 March 2001) Lima, Peru Latin America
2001 International World Heritage Youth Forum (3-8 September 2001) Karslkrona, Sweden Europe
2002 Sub-regional Youth Forum on World Heritage, First Central European Meeting (24-29 June 2002) Bratisalava, Slovakia Europe
2002 World Heritage Youth Forum (24-29 August 2002) Velikiy Novgorod, Russian Federation Europe
2002 Sub-regional Youth Forum on World Heritage (26-28 October 2002) Oman Arab states
2003 Heritage and Youth Forum – 7th OWHC Symposium (24-26 September 2003) Rhodes, Greece Europe
2005 World Heritage Education Youth Forum – Newcastle ( 6-11 April 2005) Newcastle, United Kingdom Europe
2005 World Heritage Education Youth Forum: WHYH Visual Arts Workshop (12-14 July 2005) Durban, South Africa Africa
2006 Workshop on Cultural Heritage for Young People in the Baltic States - 30th World Heritage Committee session (3-8 July 2006) Vilinius, Lithuania Europe
2007 Asia Pacific World Heritage Youth Forum Christchurch, New Zealand - 31st World Heritage Committee session, 2007 (19-24 June 2007) Christchurch, New Zealand Asia
2008 World Heritage International Youth Forum Youth Component, 32nd session of the World Heritage Committee, 2008 (21 June – 10 July 2008) Québec, Canada Europe
2009 First Ibero-American World Heritage Youth Forum, Seville, Spain 2009, in conjunction with the 33rd session of the World Heritage Committee (June-July 2009) Seville, Spain Europe
2010 2nd World Heritage Ibero-American Youth Forum (20-30 June 2010) Aranjuez, Spain Europe
2010 World Heritage Youth Forum – Brasilia Brazil 2010 in conjunction with the 34th World Heritage Committee meeting (16-25 July 2010) Brasilia, Brazil Latin America
2010 International Youth Forum GO4Biodic Our Treasures at Risk, World Heritage Sites in Times of Climate Change (16-29 October 2010) Mt Fuji/Nagoya, Japan Asia
2011 First South East European (SEE) World Heritage Youth Forum: Networking for a Better Common Future (21-26 May 2011) Porec, Croatia/ Ljubljana, Slovenia Europe
2011 3rd Ibero American World Heritage Youth Forum in conjunction with the 35th World Heritage Committee meeting (16-25 June 2011) Santander, Spain Europe
2012 International Youth Forum: Water and the World Heritage Youth Event (in conjunction with the 36th World Heritage Committee Meeting (St Petersburg)) (30 May – 20 June 2012) Krasnodar, Russian Federation Europe
2012 International Youth Model of the World Heritage Committee – in conjunction with the 36th World Heritage Committee meeting (St Petersburg) (1-9 July 2012) Olyonok, Kazan, Republic of Tartastan, Russian Federation Europe
2012 4th International Youth Forum – Future of the Convention with young people (10-20 June 2012) Alcala de Henares, Spain Europe
2012 1st Asia-Pacific World Heritage Regional Forum for Site Managers and Youth NGOs: Linking Networks (26-31 August 2012) Seoul, Republic of Korea Asia
2012 International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv at Sundarbans National Park (6-15 October 2012) Hyderabad, India Asia
2012 Youth Forum – Closing celebration of World Heritage Convention’s 40th anniversary (6-8 November 2012) Kyoto, Japan Asia
2013 2nd South East Europe World Heritage Youth Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development (6-11 April 2013) Gamzigrad – Romuliana, Palace of Galerius World Heritage Site, Zaječar, Serbia Europe
2013 World Heritage Youth Forum, 37th Session of World Heritage Committee (8-17 June 2013) Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, Cambodia Asia
2013 5th World Heritage Youth Forum in Spain (9-19 June 2013) Alcala de Henares, Spain Europe