17.04.2014 - UNESCO Havana/Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

Capacity Building on Heritage Conservation in Caribbean SIDS

© Pete's Photo. Fort Amsterdam, Sint Maarten.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten, 8-13 May 2014

UNESCO and the Government of St. Maarten, through the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs will host a meeting on Capacity Building on Heritage Conservation in the Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in Philipsburg, St. Maarten from 8 to 13 May 2014.

The main objective of this meeting is to strengthen professional capacities for the effective implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention in the Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) with a view to increasing the representation of sites on the World Heritage List. The meeting will bring together representatives / experts from 22 Caribbean territories (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, The Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago) as well as representatives from the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the Field Offices in Kingston and Havana.

During the meeting participants will review advances of the Kingston Action Plan 2013 (KAP), and discuss the Caribbean Capacity Building Strategy in preparation of the upcoming Review Meeting of World Heritage Caribbean Action Plan, scheduled for September 2014, as well as discuss the possibility of preparing the Eastern Caribbean Coastal Fortifications serial trans-boundary nomination. The focus group on Eastern Caribbean Coastal Fortifications includes representatives from Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This meeting is part of the recommendations coming out of the Caribbean Training Courses in the Preparation of Nomination Dossiers for World Heritage held in Jamaica (2012) and Antigua and Barbuda (2013) as outlined in the Kingston Action Plan.

The meeting will be organised by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs of St. Maarten in collaboration with the World Heritage Centre and the UNESCO Offices in Kingston and Havana, as part of the Caribbean Capacity Building Programme for World Heritage (CCBP).

Contacts:

• Mr. Neville York, St Maarten Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports nevilleyork(at)yahoo.com

• Ms Himalchuli Gurung, UNESCO Kingston Cluster Office for the Caribbean h.gurung(at)unesco.org




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