The 30th anniversary World Heritage Congress, on the theme of “Shared
Legacy, Common Responsibility”, will have three principal aims. The
first will be to assess the past three decades of implementation of the
Heritage Convention with respect to the protection of natural and cultural
heritage worldwide; the development of appropriate national and international
heritage protection legislation and practices; and capacity-building at
local and regional levels for the management of World Heritage sites.
The second goal will be to promote the World Heritage Convention by increasing
its visibility and the activities carried out to protect World Heritage,
and by developing new activities aimed at ensuring long-term protection
and increasing awareness of the need to preserve World Heritage.
Thirdly, the Congress will strive to identify opportunities and mobilise
support for specific action programmes related to heritage conservation,
to create synergies between World Heritage stakeholders and to encourage
the development of targeted partnerships for site protection and presentation.
Indeed, the overriding theme of the Congress will be the quest for new partnerships
for World Heritage, involving non-governmental stakeholders, local and regional
authorities, financial institutions, the tourism industry, the media, public
membership programmes and especially young people – the decision-makers
of the future.