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Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the 2011 UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape

The HUL Anniversary Event not only marks the start of the 2021 celebration but serves as a catalyst for greater adoptions of the HUL approach.

Serving as a platform to share lessons learned from COVID-19 and to resume discussions on the future of urban management, topics such as public space, renovations, tourism, infrastructure and livelihoods will be explored. The Recommendation will provide an overall framework, while local needs and resources determine the implementation form.

Call for Action

The tailored approach, which considers the differing needs of the World Heritage and non-World Heritage cities, as well as roles played by high-level participants and technical actors, allows for targeted advocacy, effective knowledge exchange, and attainment of commitment at multiple levels.

Together, the HUL Anniversary will advocate for a sustainable and local-led urban recovery and relaunch the HUL Recommendation towards global implementation.

UNESCO invites all cities and towns to join the Call for Action to raise awareness about the Recommendation and to accelerate inclusive urban and heritage management through HUL.

  1. Sensitize local and national actors about the HUL approach and encourage its implementation ⇾ Based on the key principles of HUL
  2. Promote a local urban consultation process to empower stakeholders including NGOs, public and private stakeholders to support a HUL-driven urban development ⇾ By joining the UNESCO network and exchanging on good practices
  3. Develop local heritage management actions based on the HUL approach ⇾ By joining the UNESCO network and exchanging on good practices

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23 June 2021

On 23 June, the HUL Call for Action will be launched. The Call breaks the Recommendation down into concrete “Three Actions” (see “Call for Action”), in order to promote the HUL implementation for cities. The main participants will be Mayors, partners and high-level representatives from World Heritage and non-World Heritage cities, as they have the capacity to champion and mainstream the approach in their urban planning. Following the launch, panel discussions will explore the role of the Recommendation within the post-COVID-19 urban setting. Thematic lenses such as crisis response and recovery and local-actor empowerment will closely reflect the Call.

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24 June 2021

On 24 June, the session will focus on the application of the HUL approach to the World Heritage cities. Challenges triggered by the pandemic such as the drop in tourism and restricted urban-based activities will be discussed, with HUL serving as a potential mitigation framework. The invitees will consist of site managers, national focal points, city planning departments and experts, devising in-depth, practical conversations. Case studies collected, analysed and developed during preparatory technical meetings will also be presented.

Preliminary Technical Sessions will take place on 16 and 21 June to build a strong base for discussion during the session on 24 June.

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 Technical Sessions

On 16 and 21 June, site managers, national focal points, city planning departments and experts, will get together to discuss and analyse a variety of case studies, reflecting on the implementation of the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape in World Heritage Cities in the different regions. All times are Paris time (CEST).

16 June Preliminary Technical Sessions
10.00 – 11.30 Preliminary Technical Session 1:
The implementation of the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape in World Heritage Cities in Asia and the Pacific (English only)
12.00 – 13.30 Preliminary Technical Session 2:
The implementation of the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape in World Heritage Cities in Africa (simultaneous interpretation English/French)
15.30 – 17.00 Preliminary Technical Session 3:
The implementation of the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape in World Heritage Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean (simultaneous interpretation English/Spanish)
21 June Preliminary Technical Sessions
10.00 – 11.30 Preliminary Technical Session 4:
The implementation of the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape in World Heritage Cities in Europe and North America (English only)
12.00 – 13.30 Preliminary Technical Session 5:
The implementation of the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape in World Heritage Cities in the Arab States (simultaneous interpretation English/French)
15.30 – 17.00 Preliminary Technical Session 6:
The implementation of the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape in World Heritage Cities in Europe and North America (simultaneous interpretation English/Spanish)

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Partnerships

The Anniversary event has been collaboratively developed with the support of: 

City of Queretaro, Mexico; 
City of Puebla, Mexico; 
Regional World Heritage Institute Zacatecas, Mexico;  
Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport 
City of Graz, Austria; 
City of Salzburg, Austria; 
Historic England, UK; 
Association of Italian World Heritage Properties;  
City of San Gimignano, Italy;  
City of Nanjing, China;  
UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe;  
UNESCO National Office to Mexico

When
Wednesday, 23 June 2021
Thursday, 24 June 2021
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