Dr Aylin Orbasli was invited in an independent capacity to make a keynote presentation to the UNESCO Workshop to discuss the Future of the World Heritage Convention. The workshop was held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 25-27 February and was attended by State Party representatives, the World Heritage Convention Advisory Bodies (ICOMOS, IUCN and ICCROM) and invited observers.
The purpose of the closed workshop was to discuss the future of the World Heritage Convention as it approaches its fortieth anniversary in 2012. The workshop considered the values, messages and image of the Convention, the operation of the Convention and its role in conservation of cultural and natural heritage.
Aylin's presentation on 'Conservation and Sustainability' focused on a broader definition of sustainability where cultural heritage was concerned that encompassed issues of protection while enabling communities to equitably benefit from economic development and improvement in their quality of life. The presentation highlighted the importance of cultural and social sustainability when addressing the conservation of cultural heritage assets.
News Item Dated:
27 February 2009