09.04.2014 - UNESCO Office in New Delhi

UNESCO joins hands with Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation to promote the living heritage of Udaipur

Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation with technical support of UNESCO New Delhi office convened the Second Conference on World Living Heritage from 13 to 15 March 2014 to examine case studies and best practices of promoting living heritage. The Maharana Mewar Charitable Foundation, Udaipur was founded by Maharana of Mewar on 20 October 1969. It works mainly in the field of education, medical relief to the poor and cultural heritage. 

The conference dealt with living heritage from multiple angles such as urban living heritage space; people and their traditional practices; and how to orchestrate these heritage assets to contribute to the city’s overall development.  To address the subjects, eminent national and international experts such as Dr Shikha Jain (DRONAH), Dr Rachna Khare (SPA, Bhopal), Ms. Minja Yang (Ecole Lemaire, Leuven, Belgium) , Mr Kai Weise (Nepal), Dr Ravina Aggarwal (Ford Foundation), Dr Anjoo Sharan Upadhyaya (Banaras Hindu University) and Ms Mary McCarthy (Director of European Cultural Capital for Cork, Ireland) were invited to share their insights.

The conference also heard the experiences of internationally reputed Indian NGOs namely Barefoot College, Digital Empowerment Foundation and banglanatak dot com on their strategy and methodology for community mobilization and livelihood improvement.   

On 15th March, the possible action plan for Udaipur was discussed. The recommendations by the experts suggest that the promotion of living heritage is more a process of local development. Udaipur has every chance to become a model city to this end, if its natural and cultural heritage assets are adequately taken into account in the urban planning with the participation of local communities.  


For further information contact:

Moe Chiba, Programme Specialist for Culture (m.chiba(at)unesco.org)

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