19.06.2018 - UNESCO Office in Harare

Young Zimbabwean professional attends World Heritage Forum

Rodney Bunhiko

Zimbabwe’s Rodney Bunhiko, is among 30 young heritage experts from all over the world are attending the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum in Manama, Bahrain from 17-26 June 2018.

A graduate of Great Zimbabwe University and part of the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa team, Bunhiko is the only participant from Southern Africa.

Running under the theme, “Protecting Heritage in an Ever-changing World”, the Forum aims to transmit the values of World Heritage, highlighting the potential that World Heritage education may have for facilitating sustainable development. It is addressed to young professionals who were invited to reflect upon the complexity of preserving heritage in a constantly evolving world, with the help of international experts.

Speaking just before departing for the Forum, Bunhiko said he will advocate for the protection of cultural and natural heritage as a contributors to sustainable development in southern Africa.

At the end of the Forum, a declaration to convey the message of the young professionals to the international community will be produced and presented to the World Heritage Committee during its 42nd session.

The World Heritage Youth Forum is among the main activities of the World Heritage Education Programme designed to foster intercultural learning and exchange by bringing students and teachers together from different parts of the world. It is organised and held in conjunction with yearly sessions of the World Heritage Committee. One of the exciting highlights of the forums for young professionals is meeting members of the World Heritage Committee and its Advisory Bodies to discuss the Convention and its implementation. 

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