Opening ceremony for the sub-regional Workshop for the Preparation of Nomination Dossiers for World Heritage Inscription and Development of Management Plans held in Bali, 26 November 2012
The Indonesian government in partnership with UNESCO and the World Heritage Centre launched a sub-regional workshop on the preparation of UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination and development of management plans on Monday 26 November. The week long workshop is being held in Bali from the 26 November 2012 to 30 November.
The workshop, funded by the Government of Indonesia, has brought together some 100 representatives from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, international experts, representatives from UNESCO’s Advisory Bodies, staff from the World Heritage Centre and UNESCO Field Offices in the South-east Asian region .
The opening ceremony featured a number of key speakers and panellists including Mr. Kacung Marijan (Director-General for Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture), Mr. Arief Rachman (Executive Chairman for the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO), Mr Ida Bagus Kade Subhiksu (Head of the Bali Tourism Office), and Mr. Hubert Gijzen (Director and Representative of the UNESCO Office Jakarta)
In his opening address, Mr. Kacung Marijan, placed the importance of the workshop in to a wider context, highlighting the importance of such events as a regional cooperation mechanisms for the exchange of information and experiences in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention. Mr. Marijan also outlined that Indonesia strongly believes in the role World Heritage and culture can play in strengthening international partnerships, and that this was a key motivation for Indonesia to host the workshop.
Mr. Arief Rachman outlined that one of the key goals of the workshop is to increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of the nomination process on Tentative Lists for the inscription of properties on the World Heritage list. Mr. Rachman added that a further aim is to provide guidance to the State Parties in the Southeast Asia on the development of effective management plans for preserving Word Heritage sites.
Mr. Hubert Gijzen commended the initiative of the Indonesian government in hosting the workshop, and commented on the significance of such regional meetings especially in the context of the World Heritage Convention’s 40th anniversary. Reflecting on the importance of World Heritage in this current age, Mr. Gijzen argued that the question is not only how to save exceptional sites from destruction or neglect, but to demonstrate, through appropriate conservation and management, the role of world heritage in shaping a new development model based on the values of continuity.
Click here for Remarks by Prof. Hubert Gijzen, PhD
Director and Representative, UNESCO Office, Jakarta
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