It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the discussion entitled “For a Structured Dialogue with Civil Society on World Heritage matters” (followed by a cocktail reception) accompanying the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee in Krakow. This side-event will be organised by Europa Nostra, the Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe, together with the Host Country represented by the National Heritage Board of Poland. This important side event intends to generate a dialogue – which may become a regular initiative - between representatives of civil society organisations and the World Heritage Committee. The exchanges of knowledge, experience and passion of communities and citizens who are committed to the safeguard and enhancement of cultural and natural heritage will benefit a better implementation of the World Heritage Convention. The focus will be on how to better structure this dialogue through International and Regional Non-governmental Organisations which federate and represent the concerns of civil society. Proposals formulated at the meeting will be presented on 10 July at the plenary session of the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee.
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Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Jacek Purchla, Chair of the 41st Session of the World Heritage Committee
  • Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, Secretary General of Europa Nostra

 Contributions by:

  •  Representatives of the Advisory Bodies:

IUCN: Tim Badman, Director World Heritage Programme

ICOMOS: Ayse Ege Yildrim, Focal point for the Sustainable Development Goals

ICCROM: Stefano Di Caro, Director General

  •  Representive of the World Heritage Center:

Mechtild Rössler, Director of Heritage Division & Director of the World Heritage Centre

 Presentation of the Elements for a Krakow Appeal “For a Structured Dialogue with Civil Society on World Heritage matters” by Laurent Lévi-Strauss, Council member of Europa Nostra

 Exchange of Views with members of the World Heritage Committee, other State Parties and representatives of other International or Regional NGOs active in the field of cultural and natural heritage

 Concluding Remarks:

  • Sneška Quaedvlieg Mihailovic, Secretary General of Europa Nostra
  • Prof. Jacek Purchla, Chair of the 41st Session of the World Heritage Committee

Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović,
Secretary General, Europa Nostra Director,
Małgorzata Rozbicka, National Heritage Board of Poland



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