UNESCO participates in the ‘International Heritage Seminar: Empowering World Cultural Heritage for Local People’ held from 14-15 June 2013, Magelang, Central Java.
UNESCO Joined the International Heritage Seminar which was organized by the Central Java Cultural and Tourism Office and formed part of the wider program of the Borobudur International Festival 2013. The Seminar brought together over 100 academics, cultural heritage professionals, government officials, national and international students and local community members.
The Seminar featured a number of presentations focusing on the role of heritage, culture, communities and sustainable development. The first key note speech was delivered by Dr. Marsis Sutopo, Head of the Conservation Office Borobudur (BCO), from the Ministry of Education and Culture, who focused on the role of culture in developing a sense of national character in Indonesia. The second key note speech was delivered by Dr. I Gede Ardika, Head of the Indonesian Cultural Heritage Organization, and addressed the issues of the roles of culture, not only in sustainable development, but also for creating peace and understanding. The third presentation was delivered by Dr. Timbul Haryono, Professor at Gadjah Madah University, who spoke on the importance of public in participation the preservation process of cultural heritage.
During the Seminar, Mr. Andrew Henderson, UNESCO Consultant for Culture, presented a paper entitled ‘World Heritage and Community Development: UNESCO’s Activities at the Borobudur Temple Compounds’ at the ‘International Heritage Seminar: Empowering World Cultural Heritage for Local People’ held from 14-15 June 2013, Magelang, Central Java. Mr. Henderson’s presentation focused upon UNESCO’s project at Borobudur for the revitalization of Community Livelihoods through Creative Industries and heritage tourism in the wider context of UNESCO’s support of World Heritage for sustainable development. The project has been funded by Government of Australia through AusAID, with strong support from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, The Government of Magelang, local community members and many other partners. Mr. Henderson outlined that the overall goal of the project is to support the development of community livelihoods through the promotion of sustainable heritage tourism and the enhancement of creative industries. This will be achieved by supporting the creation of innovative and unique products based on Borobudur's rich history, character and cultural and natural resources; building on local knowledge and skill and provide opportunities for the people of Borobudur, especially women and youth, and enhance capacity for innovative product creation;and establishing a gallery as a place for local people to interact with tourists and as a focal point for the development of creative economy through locally made products
The final part of Mr. Henderson’s presentation was dedicated to detailing wider developments in the area of Culture for Development on the international stage and Indonesia’s central role in this debate. Mr. Henderson argued that Culture for Development is particularly important as the international framework for cooperation that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals, the Post-2015 Agenda, is currently being defined. UNESCO, along with key partners, have argued that placing culture at the heart of development policy constitutes an essential investment in the world's future and a pre-condition to successful globalization processes that take into account the principles of cultural diversity. Indonesia has been active in this field, with the President of the Republic of Indonesia initiating a World Culture in Development Forum be organized in November 2013 in Bali, Indonesia, in order to initiate plans to realize the potential of culture as a key factor in the global sustainable development agenda, in particular in view of the challenges and opportunities that globalization provides.
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