UNITAR Series on the Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites


About the Series

The UNITAR Series on the Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites, launched in 2003. It seeks to contribute to capacity building for World Heritage by focusing on national policy making and planning as well as exchanging know-how on best practices and case studies, achieved through an annual workshop held in Hiroshima, Japan (twelve annual Workshops have been held in Hiroshima and one in-country Workshop in India). The Series, with over 390 Alumni to date, offers a set of innovative approaches to heritage conservation, including:

  • A values-based management approach examining the significance of the sites to be conserved
  • The fusion of cultural and natural heritage management
  • The recognition of both the tangible and intangible aspects of heritage sites 

The Series focuses on the effective management of the world’s most precious natural and cultural treasures.

Uniquely well-placed in Hiroshima, which possesses two world heritage sites, the series seeks to utilize UNESCO's Convention on natural and cultural heritage more effectively through focusing on national policy making and planning, and to exchange know-how on best practices and case studies.

A “values-based management” approach – focusing on values which make the conservation of heritage meaningful – has been developed over the course of the series. With the increased role conferred to UNITAR Hiroshima Office to intensify training activities in the field of international peace, security and peace building, the series has also focused on the innovative role that natural and cultural heritage could play in peace and peace building, using the example of Hiroshima by highlighting the resonance and relevance of its policies for other sites around the world. 


2016

18 - 22 April, Hiroshima

Theme: World Heritage Nominations - Justification for Inscription


2015

20 - 24 April, Hiroshima

Theme: World Heritage Nominations - Protection and Management Requirements


2014

14 - 18 April, Hiroshima

Theme: World Heritage Nominations - Justification For The Inscription of Cultural Landscapes


2013

22 - 26 April, Hiroshima

Theme: World Heritage Serial Nominations and the Vital Role of Comparative Analysis


2012

4 - 8 June: Hiroshima

Theme: Justification of Outstanding Universal Value in the Context of World Heritage Nominations


2011

4 - 8 July: Hiroshima

Theme:

  • UNESCO's Preparing World Heritage Nominations Manual; and

  • Comparative Analysis in the Nominations Process

UNITAR featured in IUCN Capacity Building publication
The UNITAR Series on the Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites was featured in a recent publication of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN); see IUCN Newsletter. Focused upon World Heritage Capacity Building initiatives around the globe, the newsletter includes an outline of the UNITAR Series, as well as a summary of the 2011 Session. UNITAR acknowledges IUCN for their ongoing commitment to the Series.


2010

18 - 23 April: Hiroshima
Theme: Conservation for Peace: Conservation Monitoring


2009

19 - 24 April: Hiroshima
Theme: Conservation for Peace: World Heritage Impact Assessment


2008

30 March - 4 April: Hiroshima
Theme: Conservation for Peace


2007

15 - 20 April: Hiroshima
Theme: Management Over Time - Maintaining Values and Significance


2006

12 - 17 March: Hiroshima
Theme: Tangible and Intangible Aspects


2005

18 - 21 August: Mumbai (In-Country Workshop)
Theme: Heritage Management - A Values-based Approach


2005

18 - 21 April: Hiroshima
Theme: Heritage Management - A Values-based Approach


2004

8 - 12 March: Hiroshima
Theme: Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites



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