ICOMOS had the pleasure of participating in the 14th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC), held under the theme “Heritage & Communities: Tools to Engage Local Communities” in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea. Held from 29 October to 3 November 2017, the OWHC Congress provided a platform to share and discuss member cities’ innovative and collective actions with the mutual goal of preserving World Heritage Sites.
Following the fruitful discussions of the ICOMOS Coordination Meeting on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) held on February 4-5, 2017 in Istanbul, and review period for ICOMOS membership during Spring 2017, the "ICOMOS Action Plan: Cultural Heritage and Localizing the SDGs" is now finalized and available to download online by clicking here.
Panel: “Localizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals for the World's Cultural and Natural Heritage"
3 July, 18:40-19:30
ICOMOS is pleased to host, as an Advisory Bodies Side Event in the 41st Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee being held in Krakow, Poland, a panel discussing activities of selected international agencies working for cultural and natural heritage related to the implementation of the UN Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a focus on SDG 11.4 and how this work relates to World Heritage, particularly in the context of cities and local governments.
Click here to download the logo for Target 11.4, “Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage" under SDG11, to "make our cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.
As a global non-governmental organization associated with UNESCO and working to promote the conservation, protection, use and enhancement of cultural heritage sites through creation of knowledge and advocacy, ICOMOS has been closely engaged with the topic of sustainable development in recent years, having held major scientific events and issued policy documents to highlight the vital role of cultural heritage within the sustainable development process.