To actively manage and preserve the world’s heritage, UNESCO policies take into consideration issues around conservation and other objectives specific to sustainable development. These include things such as environmental sustainability, inclusive social development, inclusive economic development, and building peace and security in areas local to the site.
Although much work is in progress to put the UNESCO policy on the 'Integration of a Sustainable Development Perspective into the Processes of the World Heritage Convention' , (that was developed in November 2015) into action, there are still gaps. One of the essential components of the policy is its dependency on civil society to implement the policy.
To address this, the European Cultural Foundation, the University of Kent, and Europa Nostra, in conjunction with 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage are running a workshop next March. The aim of the workshop will be to involve civil society in identification and implementation of UNESCO’s policy.
The open call invites suitably qualified or experienced activists, members of civil society, academics and professionals to participate in the workshop, by way of application. Individuals with knowledge and expertise in sustainable development, cultural heritage, natural heritage, social, economic or environmental issues, should send a 200-word statement outlining their credentials and why they are qualified to participate in and contribute to the workshop. A CV should also accompany the statement and both together should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions for the Workshop on World Heritage, Sustainable Development and Civil Society will close on Wednesday 6th December 2017. The workshop will be held on the 29th March 2018 and will be held at the Brussels School of International Studies (University of Kent's Brussels campus) in Belgium.
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)