Cultural Heritage in South-East Europe
Recognizing the vital importance of shared heritage as a necessary step to further dialogue, reconciliation and mutual understanding, UNESCO supports, in close cooperation with the Italian Government, annual Ministerial conferences on Cultural Heritage in South-East Europe.
Launched in 2004 in Mostar, this high-level regional initiative, entitled “Cultural Heritage: a Bridge towards a shared future”, serves as a political platform of discussion and enhances regional frameworks of cultural cooperation.
Background on the Conferences
“The success of the first Ministerial conference on Cultural Heritage in South-East Europe, held in Mostar in 2004, has led to the institutionalization of the process, in the form of yearly ministerial conferences, held on a rotating basis in all participating countries.
The conferences are organized by the governments of the host countries, with the support of UNESCO. Operational follow-up activities are managed and implemented by UNESCO Venice Office, thanks to a Trust Fund for Cultural Heritage in South-East Europe funded by the Italian Government”.
- The Seventh Ministerial Conference organised by the Ministry of Culture, Media and Information Society, was held on 10 June 2011 in Belgrade, Serbia
- The Sixth Ministerial Conference organised by the Ministry of Culture was held on 23 April 2010 in Cetinje, Montenegro
- The Fifth Ministerial Conference was held in Bucharest, Romania, on 20 September 2008, hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs
- The Fourth Ministerial Conference hosted by the Ministry of Culture took place in Zadar, Croatia, on 10 September 2007
- The Third Ministerial Conference held in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, on the shores of the Ohrid lake, on 3-4 November 2006 was organised by the Ministry of Culture
- The Second Ministerial Conference was held in Venice, Italy, on 24-26 November 2005 and organised by the Italian government
- The First Ministerial conference on cultural heritage in South-Eastern Europe (SEE), which took place in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 19 July 2004, was organised by the Government of Italy in collaboration with UNESCO
Ministries of Culture - Partner Countries
This initiative, supported by the Government of Italy, benefits the countries of the Stability Pact for South-East Europe” : Albania | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Bulgaria | Croatia | The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia | Italy | Republic of Moldova | Montenegro | Romania | Serbia