25.10.2013 - UNESCO Havana/Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

Colombia: Recovery of Goods of Public Use and Cultural Heritage

The Colombian city Cartagena of the Indies will welcome from 28 to 30 October the 1st International Seminar on Policies and Strategies for the Recovery of Goods of Public Use and Cultural Heritage, an event organised by the Attorney General's Office of the Republic of Colombia, with the support of a group of national institutions and the Organisation of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI).

The UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean was invited to make a special presentation on the section International Experiences: Policies and strategies for the recovery of goods of public use and the protection of cultural heritage, which will be offered by Fernando Brugman, Culture Programme Coordinator at the Office and specialist in the implementation of UNESCO conventions on the protection and safeguarding of cultural heritage.

In order to create spaces to strengthen public policies and identify the most adequate strategies for the recovery and conservation of the goods of public use and of cultural interest, the meeting will analyse both successful experiences and the difficulties addressed in this endeavour presented by experts from the host country as well as from eight other countries, namely Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Netherlands, Panama and Spain.

The seminar also aims to foster respect for goods of public use and archaeological, historical and cultural heritage, among national and local authorities as well as the social organisations and the community in general, in the hope of making a significant contribution to the ongoing debates in the region on the important role of culture in the achievement of sustainable development.

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