The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage was signed on 16 November 1972. The 30th Anniversary celebrations included the organization of the international conference “World Heritage 2002: Shared Legacy, Common Responsibility” The conference took place from 14 to 16 November 2002 in Venice, Italy, and was attended by more than 600 experts from around the world. On the occasion of this event, nine workshops were held from 11 to 16 November 2002 in various Italian towns, bringing together approximately 400 experts of 63 nationalities.
On the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention conferences and workshops, such as the Urbino workshop (Pesaro, Italy) on “Partnerships for World Heritage Cities” were organized with the support of the France-UNESCO Cooperation Agreement. These contributed to the organization of a Virtual Congress to enhance the potential value of electronic tools, the highlight of which was a conference at the Senate in Paris, France.
Amongst the international conferences in Italy, the France-UNESCO Cooperation Agreement supported the organization of the Urbino workshop (11 and 12 November 2002) on the theme of “Partnerships for World Heritage Cities: Culture as a Vector for Sustainable Urban Development”. The workshop took place under the patronage of the municipalities of Urbino and Pesaro, bringing together many elected representatives and international experts who examined how the World Heritage Convention serves as a catalyst for the promotion of long-term urban development of historical cities.
Experts involved in the workshop drafted over 400 articles. Proceedings of the Urbino workshop are published in the UNESCO World Heritage Paper n˚9 “Partnerships for World Heritage Cities: Culture as a Vector for Sustainable Urban Development” and are available on-line.