50 years of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention - scientific conference of ICC and ICOMOS

2022-06-08 - 2022-06-10
ICC Director Agata Wąsowska-Pawlik addresses the audience.
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We invite you to participate online in the conference "50 years of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. Achievements and Challenges in Europe ”, which takes place on June 9-10, 2022 at the International Cultural Center.

 

In 2022 we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the "Convention for the Protection of the World Heritage of Culture and Nature" adoption by the UNESCO General Assembly. On this occasion, an international scientific conference will be held at the International Cultural Center. Its organizers are the ICC and the Polish ICOMOS Committee, and the co-organizer is the Krakow City Hall. The conference will be held stationary in Krakow and online through the platform unesco50.mck.krakow.pl.

 

The Paris Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage of 1972 globalized the problem of monument protection and popularized the concept of cultural heritage. European countries were among the first to ratify the convention, and among the 12 entries initiating the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978 were three from Europe, including Krakow.

 

The aim of the scientific conference held at the ICC will be not only the celebration of the jubilee of the Convention, but also a substantive summary of its experiences and achievements in Europe to date, assessment of the current situation and prospects, formulation of forecasts and tasks for the future.

 

Entrusting Polish institutions with the organization of the jubilee event is an expression of international recognition of our country's contribution to saving and preserving heritage. The choice of Krakow as the venue for the conference is also special. In 1995, the ICC hosted the worldwide celebration of the 30th anniversary of this organization. Under the patronage of ICOMOS, in 2006, we celebrated the 15th anniversary of the ICC with the conference "Cultural Heritage at the Threshold of the 21st Century. Opportunities and Challenges ”. In July 2017, the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Krakow was also held in Krakow.

 

Over 50 European researchers and specialists in charge of UNESCO heritage sites will take part in the conference. The session will be inaugurated by prof. Teresa Patrício, president of the ICOMOS International Committee; prof. Bogusław Szmygin, president of the Polish National Committee of ICOMOS; Agata Wąsowska-Pawlik, director of the ICC; Bogusław Kośmider, Deputy Mayor of Krakow. Special words to the participants will be conveyed by prof. Piotr Gliński, deputy prime minister and minister of Culture and National Heritage.

 

On June 8, an internal meeting of the European national ICOMOS committees takes place. During the next two days of the conference (June 9-10), 6 sessions open to the public are planned, addressing, inter alia, the issues of experiences and problems of European cities inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the resulting necessary modifications, the possibility of using the experience of the system in national heritage protection systems , Visegrad cooperation as an example of regional care for places on the List. The outbreak of the war in Ukraine and the context of deliberate destruction of heritage meant that the program could not miss a special session devoted to current events.

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