To mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO on 16 November 1972), UNESCO with the support of the Government of Italy, organized an International Congress, from 14 to 16 November 2002, to reflect on some of the main issues, achievements and challenges of the World Heritage mission. The Congress was one of the key events of the United Nations Year for Cultural Heritage, for which UNESCO had been designated lead agency.
Over 600 experts from around the world gathered at the Cini Foundation on the island of San Giorgio in Venice (Italy) to discuss the evolution of the World Heritage Convention and consider its role for the future around 12 thematic sessions. In addition, 400 experts gathered prior to the Congress on 11 and 12 November at nine associated workshops in different Italian cities. Summary reports of these workshops are included in this report.