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World Heritage 2002, shared legacy, common responsibility

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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.

Date Start: Thursday, 14 November 2002
Date end: Saturday, 16 November 2002
Decisions / Resolutions (1)
Code: 26COM 8.1

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Endorses the objectives of the International Congress entitled World Heritage 2002: Shared Legacy, Common Responsibility;

2. Thanks the Italian Government for offering to host and participate in the funding of the Congress;

3. Authorizes the use of the World Heritage Emblem for the Congress;

4. Invites the Director-General, when the auspices of the World Heritage Committee and the World Heritage Emblem are requested for an international conference or congress, to submit the concept and the draft programme to the Committee for its approval.

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