UNESCO Participates in the ‘Strengthening National Identity through Literature, Language, and History’, Semarang, Indonesia, 19th September 2013
Mr. Andrew Henderson, Consultant for the UNESCO Jakarta Culture Unit, delivered a paper at the ‘Strengthening National Identity through Literature, Language, and History’ held by the Department of History, Diponegoro University, Semarang, on the 19th of September 2013. The seminar brought together academics from Indonesia, Japan and Malaysia to discuss themes of identity, cultural heritage, and history especially in the context of globalization. Around 100 people attended the event including academics, government officials and university students.
Mr. Henderson presented a paper entitled ‘Urban Heritage Conservation in Indonesia: The Potential of the UNESCO Historic Urban Landscape Approach’. Mr. Henderson’s presentation began with an outline of the importance of culture to identity, cross cultural understanding and sustainable development. In this context, Mr. Henderson focused on urban cultural heritage and gave a detailed outline of the UNESCO Historic Urban Landscape Approach (HUL) before outlining the case study of Kota Tua (Old City) in Jakarta and the key conservation challenges the area faces. The final section of the paper was dedicated exploring the role that the UNESCO HUL approach can potentially play in addressing conservation challenges at Kota Tua. Mr. Henderson also spoke on UNESCO’s current collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture and the Government of Jakarta to support plans to ‘revitalize’ the historic Kota Tua area of Jakarta.
The recommendations on the Historic Urban Landscape were adopted on 10 November 2011 by UNESCO’s General Conference. The historic urban landscape approach moves beyond the preservation of the physical environment, and focuses on the entire human environment with all of its tangible and intangible qualities. It seeks to increase the sustainability of planning and design interventions by taking into account the existing built environment, intangible heritage, and cultural diversity, socio-economic and environmental factors along with local community values.
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