2018 Great Rivers Forum

© P. Pypaert 2018
The Yangtze river bank in Wuhan, China.

The 2018 GRF will be held at Changjiang Civilization Museum in Wuhan on 28-30 October. Focusing on the theme of “Confluence: Great Rivers Civilizations – High Quality Development for a Sustainable Future”, this forum will explore the role great rivers civilizations should have in achieving a more sustainable development of the world.

Rivers are the blood vessels of the earth and the cradles of human civilizations. Looking back upon the history of mankind, we see that the Nile bred the Egyptian Civilization, the Tigris and the Euphrates cultivated the Mesopotamia Civilization, the Indus River and the Ganges River gave birth to the Indian Civilization, the Changjiang River and the Yellow River nurtured the Chinese Civilization; the Rhine, the Danube, the Volga, the Amazon, the Mississippi, all fostered great river civilizations alike. Therefore, the human civilizations were created, nourished and passed on by great rivers. And they co-exist with great rivers.

Every second year, the Great Rivers Forum offers itself as an international open platform for experts and managers from various horizons and disciplines. It represents a unique opportunity to gather global intelligence to exchange ideas and share experiences while sticking to the common values of all humans. The involvement of sister cities and UNESCO networks (World Heritage sites, Creative Cities, Biosphere Reserves and Ecohydrology Pilot Sites) in this cooperative effort will contribute to push forward high-quality development along great rivers, with particular attention to their ecological and cultural environment. Together, participants and partners will also explore the role great river civilizations should have in achieving a more sustainable development of the world.

The 2018 GRF will be held at the Changjiang Civilization Museum in Wuhan on 28-30 October. Focusing on the theme of “Confluence: Great Rivers Civilizations – High Quality Development for a Sustainable Future”, this forum will have three parallel sub-sessions on the topics of “River Culture: preserve and let evolve natural and cultural heritages”, “Visualizing Water Worlds along Great Rivers – Water Museums, Heritage, Memory and Sense of Place”, and “Urban Development along Great Rivers – Reconnecting the City with its River”.


Details

Type of Event Category 8-Symposium
Start 28.10.2018 09:00 local time
End 30.10.2018 18:00 local time
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Focal point PYPAERT, Philippe
Organizer UNESCO Beijing
Contact p.pypaert@unesco.org
Country China
City Wuhan
Venue Changjiang Civilization Museum in Wuhan, China
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Language of Event English, Chinese
Estimated number of participants 200
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