The UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) are organizing a one day seminar on “World Heritage and Public Works–Development cooperation for poverty alleviation” at the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan.

The seminar aims at examining the contribution of heritage preservation policies and projects at selected World Heritage sites to poverty reduction and sustainable development of local communities. The seminar brings together experts in the field of heritage preservation and project development from development banks, bilateral development agencies, government, NGOs etc., in order to identify “good practice” in different parts of the world, and to further promote international cooperation in this area. UNESCO’s Director-General, Mr Matsuura, will deliver a keynote speech on the subject.