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The South-East European Experts Network on Intangible Cultural Heritage was established in 2007 with the support of UNESCO, in order to support the implementation of the UNESCO 2003 Convention in South-East Europe. Annual meetings of the network took place in Arbanasi, Bulgaria, June 2007; Safranbolu, Turkey, May 2008; Zagreb, Croatia, April 2009, Râmnicu-Vâlcea, Romania, May 2010; Belgrade, Serbia, May 2011; Athens, Greece, May 2012; Sofia, Bulgaria, May 2013; Limassol, Cyprus, May 2014; Venice, Italy, June 2015; and Supetar, Croatia, June 2016.

These meetings contributed to enhance a common understanding of opportunities and challenges linked to the safeguarding of the ICH as a key asset of South-East European cultural diversity, as well as to develop institutional and professional capacities within the relevant national authorities serving as a regional platform for sharing knowledge and good practices.

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World Meeting of Historical Urban Landscape in Puebla, Mexico

The meeting will be held in February 2017 and will bring together 25 to 30 national and international experts, as part of the celebrations of the 485th Anniversary of the foundation of the city and the National Assembly of the Heritage Cities.The meeting will contribute to establishing a regional network of experts on sustainable urban development and cultural and historical cityscapes. It will also include the results of regional surveys conducted under the UNESCO Global Report on Culture and Sustainable urban development, and continue discussions on the New Urban Agenda, which will be adopted at the Third Conference of the United Nations on housing and sustainable urban development (Habitat III - Quito, Ecuador, October 2016), based on the key messages of the UNESCO Global Report.

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UNESCO Headquarters | 12 - 15 June 2017

During its 6th ordinary session, the Conference of Parties will examine several Agenda items, including: follow-up to the Recommendations of the External Auditor’s Report; the Secretariat’s Report of its activities and the Secretariat’s report on the International Fund for Cultural Diversity and its fundraising strategy.

New draft operational guidelines on the implementation of the Convention in the digital environment will be submitted for approval. The new 2015 and 2016 Quadrennial Periodic Reports and the 2015 Global Report monitoring the implementation of the Convention will be presented. Finally, it will elect several new members to the Intergovernmental Committee and determine its future activities.

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Provisional Timetable 


Date: 2-12 July, 2017
Location: Krakow, Poland

The Republic of Poland is honoured to host the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee in 2017, and is looking forward to welcoming all the delegates and participants in Krakow, one of the oldest cities in Poland, whose old town was among the first 12 sites inscribed on the World Heritage List. Bearing in mind both the underlying idea and core values expressed in the World Heritage Convention and the crucial importance of development for our future, the organizers seek to make common responsibility a hallmark of the event. Participants are therefore encouraged to adopt and experience a sustainable approach to the organization of the Committee session, not only regarding their own travel arrangements, but also the logistical set-up or service providers.

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Provisional Agenda

Working Documents

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Picture5Date: November 22, 2016
Location: Dehradun, India

On this occasion, the Centre is also organizing thematic sessions on a Consultative Dialogue on Nomination of Kailash Sacred Landscape as World Heritage (23 November) and a Consultative Dialogue on Cultural Landscapes and Mixed Heritage Sites (24-25 November).

The overarching objective of the meetings is to continue building institutional capacity through a focus on international cooperation and to build synergies for effective natural heritage conservation. A large number of international and national experts together with Category 2 Institutes and Centres and UNESCO Chairs related to World Heritage will be joining the multiple consultative dialogues hosted by the Centre.

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AttendeesDate: July 14, 2016
Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Sustainable Development was one of the key agenda items that found large attention in many different platforms.

One such activity was a side event organized by the UNESCO Chair on the Management and Promotion of World Heritage Sites at Kadir Has University, which took place on the 14th of July at 13.00 – 15.00 pm, specifically dealing with the Integration of the Sustainable Development into the processes of the World Heritage Convention.

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