04.12.2012 - UNESCO Office in Moscow

Second Regional Seminar for CIS countries “Safeguarding World Heritage in the Context of New Global Challenges”

The Second Regional Seminar for CIS countries with the international participation “Safeguarding World Heritage in the Context of New Global Challenges” was held on 21-24 November, 2012 in Minsk. This seminar was organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus, Institute of Culture of Belarus, National Commission of the Republic of Belarus for UNESCO, Castle Complex “Mir”, in partnership with the Russian Scientific-Research Institute of Cultural and Natural Heritage named after D.S. Likhachev and with the support of the UNESCO Moscow Office.


The Second Regional Seminar for CIS countries organized as a follow up of recommendations of the First Regional Seminar with the international participation “Safeguarding World Heritage in the Context of New Global Challenges” (1-3 March 2011, Moscow), taking into account the results of the International capacity-building workshop “World Heritage Properties: Conservation and Use for Sustainable Development” (23-26 May 2012 Minsk) and the recommendation of the Workshop for World Heritage National Focal Points in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe within the framework of the Second Cycle of the Periodic Reporting Exercise on the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention (Tbilisi, Georgia 14-16 November, 2012). 

More than 30 participants, the leading experts,  representatives of cultural and governmental institutions and  site-managers  from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus,  the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Lithuania  and Ukraine were invited to participate in the event.

The Seminar was mostly focused on the practical issues of development and effective implementation of the World Heritage management plans in the CIS countries and facilitation of their capacities for relevant preparation of the periodic reporting under the second cycle of the periodic report for Europe and North America on the application of the World Heritage Convention.

The program was devoted to the following issues:

• Help CIS countries to improve the implementation of the WH management plans and achieve good quality in preparation of periodic reporting under the second cycle of the periodic report for Europe and North America on the application of the World Heritage Convention; raise their awareness of the best practices of this activity in the CIS and the East European region.

• Ensure active participation of all partners for elaboration of the new management principles for the World Heritage Sites regarding  the preservation and promotion of  cultural  heritage;

• Provide a mechanism for regional co-operation and exchange of information and experiences between CIS countries concerning the implementation of the Convention and World Heritage conservation;

• Conduct studies and discussions, identify new ideas and approaches, reflect the different views and approaches and set up a network for further actions on heritage preservation.

• Discuss the   most difficulties and needs regarding the process of  periodic reporting, the plan necessary follow-up actions and compile the recommendations of the regional seminar.

The seminar helped to identify the further action plan and elaborate recommendations on priorities and resources in CIS countries in order to help them to improve the implementation of the WH management plans and achieve good quality in preparation of periodic reporting under the second cycle of the periodic report for Europe and North America on the application of the World Heritage Convention, raise their awareness of the best practices of this activity in the CIS and the East European region, ensure active participation of all partners for elaboration of the new management principles for the World Heritage Sites regarding  the preservation and promotion of  cultural  heritage, provide a mechanism for regional co-operation and exchange of information and experiences between CIS countries concerning the implementation of the Convention and World Heritage conservation, conduct studies and discussions, identify new ideas and approaches, reflect the different views and approaches and set up a network for further actions on heritage preservation.

Programme of the Seminar

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