UNESCO and Brazil establish heritage management training centre for Portuguese and Spanish-speaking countries
On 26 July 2010, during the 34th session of the World Heritage Committee in Brasilia, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and the Brazilian Minister of Culture, João Luiz da Silva Ferreira, signed an agreement establishing a regional heritage management training centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The new centre will help Portuguese and Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia to implement the World Heritage Convention. This is the sixth such centre to be established around the world. The others are in Bahrain, China, Mexico, Norway and South Africa.
The main focus of the new Centre will be training and dissemination of best practices in the field of heritage management. One of its first projects is to design an international training course in management of World Heritage properties, which will be launched in November 2010. It will also provide short-term courses on World Heritage for site managers and professionals.
The Centre is supported by Brazil's Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional (IPHAN), which is responsible for national public policy for the protection, conservation and management of cultural heritage, together with the Brazilian Ministries of Culture and External relations, and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC).
Also on 26 July, Irina Bokova held a bilateral meeting with the Brazilian Minister of Education, Fernando Haddad, in which they discussed the close cooperation between UNESCO and Brazil in the field of education.