Action Plan on World Heritage, Sustainable Development and Civil Society published
The Action Plan on World Heritage, Sustainable Development and Civil Society was published in January 2019. A workshop dedicated to this topic was held at the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies on 29 March 2018 in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and with the support of Europa Nostra, the European Cultural Foundation and the University of Kent.
The Action Plan replies to the workshop’s goal of finding innovative ways for civil society actors to implement the UNESCO Policy on the ‘Integration of a Sustainable Development Perspective into the Processes of the World Heritage Convention’ adopted in November 2015, which aimed to ensure that the conservation and management of World Heritage properties are aligned with broader Sustainable Development Goals.
The Action Plan includes recommendations targeted at civil society actors to facilitate their participation in the implementation of the 2015 UNESCO Policy and the wider sustainable development goals: environmental sustainability, inclusive social development, inclusive economic development as well as the fostering of peace and security.
The Action plan was elaborated by the 50 participants of the workshop under the coordination of Dr. Sophia Labadi, Senior Lecturer in Heritage and Archaeology in the department of Classical & Archaeological Studies of the University of Kent.