UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation: Asia Pacific Heritage 20/20

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation: Asia Pacific Heritage 20/20

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Nora Steurer
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Asia-Pacific Heritage 20/20

Reflecting on 20 Years of the UNESCO Heritage Awards,
Setting a Vision for Sustainable Placemaking for the Next 20 Years

The year 2019 marks 20 years of the UNESCO Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation which was conceived in Penang, Malaysia during UNESCO’s landmark “Economics of Heritage” regional conference in 1999.  Over the years, 233 winners from 21 countries have been recognized for their technical accomplishments as well as their significant policy and social impact at local, national, and regional levels.  In many countries, Heritage Award-winning projects have been instrumental in changing the conversation about what constitutes cultural heritage, who has a stake in its stewardship, and how can cultural heritage contribute to the sustainable well-being of cities, societies and the environment.

The 20th anniversary presents an opportune moment for reflection not only on the achievements and lessons learned from the UNESCO Heritage Awards programme, but also to review how far heritage conservation has come in the past two decades.  

It will also present an opportunity to chart the course and a future vision for the next two decades on the role and contribution of cultural heritage more broadly to sustainable development, within the broad framework defined by Agenda 2030, along with key partner institutions and thought leaders in the field.  

Target participants will include:

• UNESCO Heritage Awards winners

• UNESCO Heritage Jury Members

• UNESCO Heritage Awards supporters/donors/advisors

• UNESCO Heritage Awards secretariat and publication teams

• Heritage practitioners, heritage organizations, universities

• Heritage-driven urban regeneration organizations

• Local governments and private sector stakeholders investing in heritage

Interested public is invited to join upon prior registration. Public registration will be open soon.

For further information or inquiry, please contact: heritageawards@unesco.org

Interested public is invited to register at https://unesco-heritageawards20.peatix.com/

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