Becoming World Heritage 50 years on: the role of rights and communities

In the fiftieth anniversary year of the World Heritage Convention, the ICOMOS Our Common Dignity Rights-Based Approaches Working Group (OCD-RBA) seeks to examine and promote the role of communities and build awareness of rights issues in World Heritage.

This Heritage Thursdays webinar will begin by reporting back from the “Achievements and Challenges in Europe” World Heritage conference, Kraków, 9-10 June 2022. Chrissy Grant will present a keynote on Australia’s Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage property and discuss the role of indigenous communities from her perspective as Chair and foundation member of the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on World Heritage (IIPFWH).

Invited panellists will shed light on challenges and opportunities for communities in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, from their experiences at an established World Heritage property (Tongariro National Park, New Zealand), a recently nominated World Heritage property (Okavango Delta, Botswana), and from a site that is currently preparing a World Heritage nomination (Central Victorian Goldfields, Australia).

The conversation will then include representatives from the three Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Convention, who will reflect on the main themes discussed and consider future issues and opportunities for rights and communities in World Heritage.

The webinar will be chaired by OCD-RBA partner, Peter Bille Larsen, Senior Lecturer, University of Geneva, who has a long career investigating the intersection between conservation and social equity concerns, and who has worked closely with the Advisory Bodies on rights-based approaches.

Everyone is welcome!

Thursday 30 June 2022
12:00 – 13:45 (CET)

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