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Call for Site Managers: 5th World Heritage Site Managers Forum “Managing World Heritage for the Next 50 Years”

Thursday, 27 April 2023
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The 5th edition of the World Heritage Site Managers’ Forum (WHSMF23) will be organised in conjunction with the extended 45th session of the World Heritage Committee, with the theme selected for the Forum “Managing World Heritage for the Next 50 Years.” It is hosted by the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the National Committee and the Heritage Commission alongside the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, ICCROM and IUCN, in close partnership with ICOMOS.

UNESCO World Heritage site managers and individuals working within World Heritage site management systems from across the globe are invited to participate in this year’s Forum, aimed at continuing to create opportunities for the empowerment of site managers in expanding their networks and exchanging knowledge and experiences at an international level.

Aligned with the vision of the 2011 Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape and the World Heritage Cities Programme activities that bring together site managers, city authorities, heritage experts and other stakeholders across the globe. These activities explore topics relevant to heritage conservation and management today, from good practices and case studies to global links between heritage, climate change and sustainable development; the key objectives of the 2023 edition of the World Heritage Site Managers’ Forum are to:

  • To promote international cooperation of World Heritage site managers and coordinate worldwide actions to protect and conserve humankind’s historical heritage through activities and interventions to raise the awareness of States Parties to this heritage.
  • To reinforce and support the international network of site managers that defines, improves and promotes conservation principles, standards, research, responsible practice, and innovation about the protection of worldwide heritage;
  • To assist site managers through appropriate guidance to harness the potential of World Heritage properties and heritage, in general, contribute to sustainable development, notably through the active involvement of local communities at all levels of protection and management of World Heritage and increase the effectiveness and relevance of the World Heritage Convention whilst respecting its primary purpose and mandate of protecting the Outstanding Universal value of World Heritage properties.

The Forum will be in English (interpretation will be provided in Arabic and French during the plenary session only).

For more information on the 5th World Heritage Site Managers’ Forum, please visit the 5th World Heritage Site Managers' Forum.

Call for Applications for the 5th World Heritage Managers' Forum is now closed.

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