The Cultural Heritage Administration of the Republic of Korea supported the preservation of the Complex of Koguryo Tombs in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea since 2000. Intended to strengthen its cooperation with UNESCO, the Cultural Heritage Administration made funds available to UNESCO for the implementation of mutually determined programmes and projects for the protection of World Heritage properties in the Asia and the Pacific Region.
“Framework Agreement” was signed in 2011 between UNESCO and the Republic of Korea Government. This Agreement outlines the general scope and objectives of the intended cooperation. It is envisaged that the ROK would deposit each year the amounts agreed upon (i.e. US$400,000 annually).
Within the framework of the 5Cs strategic objectives (credibility, conservation, capacity-building, communication and awareness-raising and community) established by the World Heritage Committee and in line with the Framework Agreement signed in June 2011, the World Heritage Centre consulted with the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea and identified prioritized activities.
The objective of the Agreement is to support the World Heritage Centre’s efforts in strengthening the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, primarily in the Asia and the Pacific Region, to address the key priorities adopted by the World Heritage Committee and the General Assembly of States Parties.
The projects are to focus on the four main components indicated in the Framework Agreement:
- Conservation project for the Koguryo Tombs in the DPR of Korea;
- Preparatory assistance to Asia-Pacific countries for potential World Heritage nominations in the upstream process;
- Sustainably protecting and enhancing cultural heritage with the involvement of communities;
- Capacity-building in accordance with priority activities identified in the Regional Action Plan of the second cycle of Periodic Reporting.
Partnerships / Activities (5)
- UNESCO and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Launch New Phase of Project to Safeguard Koguryo Heritage 04-Jun-2019
- Inter-Regional Workshop held in Pakistan: “World Heritage and Sustainable Development: The Role of Local Communities” 18-Dec-2017
- The 13th Bamiyan Expert Working Group Meeting met in Germany 13-Dec-2016
- Reports released on UNESCO/Republic of Korea Funds-in-Trust Project Supporting Silk Roads Nomination 12-Dec-2016
- Almaty Agreement adopted in the Fourth meeting of the Coordinating Committee on the World Heritage Serial Nomination of the Silk Roads 22-Dec-2015
- UNESCO Expert Workshop: Conservation of Mural Paintings – Research, Access and Conservation 02-Jun-2015
- Two New Episodes of Patrimonito’s World Heritage Adventures Available Online 07-May-2013
- UNESCO World Heritage Youth Storyboard Korean Competition (2012) 16-Mar-2012
- Patrimonito Korean National Storyboard Competition 2012 - Winners 03-Mar-2012
- Workshops on the Conservation of Cultural Heritage in India 25-Nov-2019-26-Nov-2019
- Inter-Regional Workshop “World Heritage and Sustainable Development: The Role of Local Communities” 23-Nov-2017-24-Nov-2017
- Delegates from Bhutan, China, India and Nepal meet with UNESCO experts in Kathmandu to prepare the first South Asian Silk Roads Transnational World Heritage Nomination 19-Sep-2014-24-Sep-2014
- UNESCO Asia Pacific World Heritage Project on Marine Biodiversity & Climate Change Awareness among Youth (Touho, New-Caledonia) 07-Apr-2014-13-Apr-2014
- Photo Exhibition for the Preservation of the World Heritage Site of the Koguryo Tombs and Mural Paintings of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 12-Oct-2012-26-Oct-2012
- Joint International Symposium: Involving Communities for Better Conservation and Management of Asian World Heritage Sites 10-Sep-2012-12-Sep-2012
- 1st Asia Regional Forum of Site Managers and Youth NGOs: Linking networks 26-Aug-2012-30-Aug-2012
- UNESCO Regional Meeting on the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting for Asia 06-Dec-2011-10-Dec-2011