Within the framework of the 23rd session of the General Assembly of States Parties to the 1972 Convention, the publication Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System: New steps towards its sustainable conservation will be launched at a special side-event which will take place on 25th November at 13h45 in Room II with the presence of the Director of the World Heritage Centre a.i. and the representatives of the six States Parties participating to the Qhapaq Ñan.

In this publication a large number of experts in cultural heritage from the Latin American region, including national authorities, community representatives and specialists from the participating countries, share their reflections and the results of the collaborative work undertaken in the past four years, within the framework of a project focused on the conservation and sustainable management of the Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System.

The successful experiences and good practices shared here are of great value and can serve as a source of inspiration for other UNESCO World Heritage properties, and more generally, for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention in the 21st century.