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WHITRAP Shanghai launches its World Heritage Dialogues series for the 50th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention on 11 June 2022

Saturday 11 Jun 2022
Wednesday 16 Nov 2022

The Next 50: World Heritage as a source of resilience, humanity and innovation

From 11 June to 16 November 2022, WHITRAP Shanghai will organize a series of 6 monthly online  thematic World Heritage Dialogues (including a WHITRAP Herit-AP Chat in July), co-organized by the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) Tongji University (Shanghai, China) to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, which was adopted on 16th November 1972 by the General Conference of UNESCO.

The first Dialogue scheduled on 11 June from 15:00-17:30 Beijing time (7:00-9:30 UTC) will focus on World Heritage and Quality of Life.

Live Stream

The online Dialogues will be in English with simultaneous interpretation in Chinese. Video recordings of the Dialogue and a brief synthesis will be published online on the WHITRAP website.

English Chinese

The WHITRAP Shanghai World Heritage Dialogues are knowledge-sharing thematic roundtable discussions aiming to showcase and discuss the conservation and management of World Heritage sites, the strength and relevance of the Convention and the ways to achieve a better linkage between conservation and development. Each Dialogue will address a specific theme and invite members of the World Heritage Community from the Asia Pacific Region as well as other regions of the world to compare approaches and lessons learned. They will contribute to imagining the Next 50: World Heritage as a source of resilience, humanity and innovation.

As a UNESCO Category II Institute, sharing challenging and successful examples of managing World Heritage is at the heart of WHITRAP’s mandate to facilitate cultural exchanges and communications, and provide local experiences of implementing and developing the World Heritage Convention

These Dialogues are part of CAUP Tongji University and WHITRAP’s activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention as well as the 40th anniversary of Chinas Famous Historical and Cultural City List and the 70th Anniversary of CAUP Tongji University, and the Tongji Planning Centennial. The commemoration activities also include an online international conference World Heritage and Urban-Rural Sustainable Development: Resilience and Innovation (15-16 November 2022) and an offline and online public exhibition World Heritage Cities: Past, Present and Future (16 to 30 November 2022). The outcomes of the World Heritage Dialogues will be presented at the international conference. All the Dialogues will be included in CAUP’s academic lectures program and WHITRAP’s training activities, which will be accessible to the public.


  1. Saturday 11 June
    Theme: World Heritage and Quality of Life
    Time: 15:00-17:30 Beijing time (7:00-9:30 UTC)
    Download the Programme
  2. Wednesday 27 July
    Theme: Rural Heritage
    Time: 14.00-16:00 Beijing time (6:00-8:00 UTC)
  3. Wednesday 17 August
    Theme: Digital Tools for Heritage
    Time: 14.00-16:00 Beijing time (6:00-8:00 UTC)
    Download the Programme
    Livestream link: https://wx.vzan.com/live/tvchat-576442333?v=637950339243405771
  4. Wednesday 14 September
    Theme: Climate Change and Resilience
    Time: 14.00-16:00 Beijing time (6:00-8:00 UTC)
  5. Wednesday 12 October
    Theme: Large scale World Heritage properties
    Time: 14.00-16:00 Beijing time (6:00-8:00 UTC)
  6. Wednesday 2 November
    Theme: Culture Nature
    Time: 14.00-16:00 Beijing time (6:00-8:00 UTC)
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50 Minds for the Next 50. Dialogue Series
30 Jun 2022 - 30 Jun 2022

Saturday, 11 June 2022
Wednesday, 16 November 2022

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