The UNESCO World Heritage Convention is an important international treaty that has for almost 50 years played a major role in expanding heritage legislation worldwide and identifying and promoting the protection of a growing list of the World’s most unique sites – both cultural and natural. Sadly, today however, this instrument risks to collapse under its own success. OURWORLDHERITAGE seeks to counter this destructive trend and renew the original spirit and mission of the World Heritage Convention, by engaging citizens, civil society groups and professional and academic organizations.
With the call that “Together, we can shape the future of World Heritage!”, and acknowledging that “to be sustainable, development processes should fully reflect the contribution of heritage conservation”, the OurWorldHeritage Sustainability Team invited stakeholders to submit case studies illustrating the challenges and solutions for integrating heritage and sustainable development, to explore the key concepts of sustainability in World Heritage: People, Planet, Prosperity, and Peace.
As a result of the Call for Case Studies, 124 case studies were submitted, from 50 countries of the 6 world regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Arab States, Europe, Latin America and North America. In this first round, 52 sites from both the already declared as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and that on the National Tentative Lists are participating. The selected Case Studies further participated in a Self-Assessment process based on 4 criteria: Environmental Sustainability, Inclusive Social Development, Inclusive Economic Development and Governance.
As OurWorldHeritage Sustainability Team, we are pleased to invite you to participate in the session entitled: "From the regional to the global approach: conclusions of the case studies 1". In this session the conclusions of the Regions of Latin America, Africa and Asia-Pacific will be presented.
The presentation will be made by the Coordinators