11.07.2014 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

A network of international partners and experts to work for urban and historical heritage

©UNESCO/G. Alonso

“There is an urgency of identifying and protecting the heritage of rapidly growing cities in Africa,” said Ms Penda Mbow, personal representative of the President of Senegal at the Francophonie. She spoke at the closing of a two-day conference devoted to collective reflection and exchange of smart practices to rehabilitate and value urban historical landscapes. The conference on cities in development took place from 7-9 July 2014 in Dakar, Senegal.

Over 60 participants called for the establishment of a network of experts and international partners to mobilize public authorities and engage them in the urgent effort of heritage protection.

Benchmarking and exchanges on practices and diverse initiatives were at the core of the discussions:

The Conference was jointly organized, in the framework of the XV Summit of the francophonie, by the Delegation Wallonie Bruxelles and the Ministry of Culture and Heritage of Senegal partnership with the International Association of Francophone Mayors (IAFM), the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, UNESCO Dakar as well as other technical partners.

Participants came from French-speaking Africa, Europe and Asia and included experts on urban interventions in the Medina of Tunis and Casablanca, the Vice governor of Phnom Penh as well as experts in heritage conservation, technical and vocational training, representations of ministries of culture and ministries of public works and transportation and managers of World Heritage Sites, architects and civil society organizations.

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