Declaration of Valencia Universidad
Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
The representatives of universities
participating at the 1st Forum UNESCO-University and Heritage Seminar,
and together with ICCROM, ICOM, ICOMOS and IFLA,
Recognizing the responsibility and
the important role by universities to facilitate heritage safeguarding and
and taking into account the immense
necessity of this field,
decide to create an international Forum
UNESCO - University and Heritage network, co-ordinated by UNESCO and the Polytechnic
University of Valencia in order to:
awareness to young university students, as well
as the general population, to participate actively
in the valuation, protection, safeguarding and promotion
of cultural heritage, rendering this a common act
for practising citizenship.
install and reinforce the
international/national co-operation among universities, the co-operation of which is based
on mutual exchange and solidarity about heritage.
u To mobilize at the national/international level the human
and technical resources of universities for the benefit of the conservation of cultural
uTo raise awareness among young students of their
responsibility in safeguarding and conservation of heritage
uTo create a solidarity
movement, by means of linking the
universities on a regional and international scale.
uTo reinforce inter-university
co-operation through the
transmission of knowledge and experience in the field of
u To develop further curricula related to cultural heritage
and improve its theoretical and practical approaches.
uTo promote mutual understanding among students from various
cultures and a multicultural dialogue for peace building
And further invite universities :
u To create local/national networks.
develop further co-operation at the national and
international level with other Universities in
the field of heritage.
u To create the Forum UNESCO network
uTo promote the creation of UNESCO Heritage Chairs.
uTo identify specific operational
u To organize the
co-operation, in response to the wishes of
the representatives of Rwanda and Cameroon in the framework of the program "priority
Africa" of UNESCO.
uTo prepare the next
Seminar, scheduled in September 1997.