UNESCO TO CELEBRATE 50TH WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION WITH CONFERENCE IN DELPHI, GREECE
Adopted in mid-November 1972, the Convention is an international treaty that created the World Heritage Sites, focusing on nature’s conservation and the preservation of cultural properties. The celebratory Delphi conference entitled “The Next 50 – The future of World Heritage in challenging times enhancing resilience and sustainability” is co-organized by the Greek Culture Ministry and the Permanent Delegation of Greece to UNESCO in cooperation with the UNESCO World Heritage Center. Its conference will bring together several dozen experts from all over the world alongside representatives of UNESCO and the States Parties serving on the World Heritage Committee, who will take stock of the Convention’s achievement and examine the challenges it faces in the 21st century.
During the two-day conference, a series of round-table discussions will take place on themes such as the priority needed to be given to Africa, the resilience of World Heritage in the face of climate change, sustainable tourism and digitization.
“This is a great opportunity to explore how we can further protect cultural heritage and restructure the historic 1972 Convention so that future challenges can be met, and dangers eliminated,” Mendoni added.
The World Heritage Convention has been ratified by 194 countries to date. Nevertheless, Africa only accounts for 9 percent of current World Heritage sites, according to UNESCO. At the same time climate change has become the number one threat to natural World Heritage sites. It is already having negative impacts on 34 percent of them, and on 70 percent of marine sites.