INTERNATIONAL FORUM: NGOS IN SUPPORT OF THE WORLD HERITAGE PROPERTIES
The 36th annual Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will be held June 24-July 6, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The International Forum will be held before that meeting to present the position of civil society, NGOs and experts on problems with the World Heritage Properties to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee Members and the broader public.
Among the Forum participants there will be representatives of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee and World Heritage Center, International experts of IUCN and ICOMOS, as well as representatives of international, national and regional NGOs and other civil organizations. We also expect members of the official delegations to take part in the Forum.
The Forum includes two separate programs (with the common plenary session) - on natural and cultural heritage. This letter is addressed to NGO and civic initiatives active in the protection of cultural heritage.
Aim of the Forum
The inscription of a cultural or natural object in the UNESCO World Heritage List is a testimony of giving it the highest in the world protective status. But it is not always and not in every country the absolute guarantee that henceforth it would be completely protected from the attempts of changing or lowering this status anyhow. The Forum’s aim is to attract the attention of the global community to numerous problems related to the protection of the World Heritage properties, to initiate a dialogue between civil organizations and the World Heritage Committee, and to exchange experience of successful solving the heritage properties’ conservation problems.
If you are interested in participating in the Forum, please fill the on-line registration form here.
The deadline for registrations is May 14.
Terms of participation
Participation in the Forum and publication of papers are free. All other expenses are to be covered by participants. Currently, the Forum organizing committee is seeking for opportunity to partially cover travel and / or residence costs for Russian participants.
Different hotels in St. Petersburg can be booked here. If you need help in arranging you accommodation, please write about it. Information about the possibilities of accommodation in St. Petersburg will be also posted on the Forum website. If you need help with accommodation matters, please let us know.
Contact the Organizing Committee of the Forum on the natural heritage here.
We also recommended the Forum participants to register as observers to take part in the World Heritage Committee session. For more information click here.