2023 World Heritage Interpretation and Presentation International Forum Official Poster
Following last year's Forum, the International Centre for the Interpretation and Presentation of World Heritage Sites under the auspices of UNESCO (UNESCO WHIPIC) will be hosting the ’2023 World Heritage Interpretation and Presentation International Forum' (hereinafter Forum) at the Seoul Tourist Plaza on November 15.
With the theme of 'Inviting Wider Participants to World Heritage Protection', the event aims to emphasise the significance of widening participants from various levels for a sustainable heritage interpretation and presentation. Also it is expected to function as a communicative network for participants of diverse stages and fields of experience - generating lively idea-sharing, encountering new thoughts and widening perspectives. It will be an opportunity to listen to the narratives of various stakeholders participating in heritage interpretation and presentation from local to international levels and to discover ways to enhance capacity building.
A total of 9 presenters will be joining the Forum, including Joseph King (Senior Director, ICCROM), Olwen Beazley (Manager Historic & World Heritage, New South Wales National Parks & Wildlife Service), Hyun Kyung Lee (Professor, Sogang University), and Haeree Shim (Head of Education and Networking Office, WHIPIC).
The Forum will introduce its three themes that will help discover the layers and challenges that lie ahead, starting from:
1. The Need for Wider Stakeholders in the World Heritage System.
2. Efforts and Challenges of Inviting Participants at the Local, National and International Level.
3. New Priorities, Breaking Barriers and Improving Capabilities.
For heritage to achieve sustainability and to activate heritage interpretation and presentation for its driving actor, the advancement of capacity-building for the feasible involvement of different stakeholders is a task we should diligently discuss. Intending to address the importance of a broadened scope of stakeholders, ranging from the management level to relevant communities, the Forum will be a floor highlighting various voices, including that of young professionals and heritage experts with academia, government, and site managing experiences.
To best practice the theme of 'Inviting Wider Participants to World Heritage Protection,' we invited international students of the Asia-Pacific region from November 13 to 14 ahead of the Forum to participate in the '2023 Youth Capacity-Building Training for World Heritage Interpretation and Presentation.' Through this event, students will also have educational sessions on heritage interpretation and presentation at World Heritage sites. Out of all, students selected to develop a World Heritage interpretation plan will develop their work with heritage experts and present their final work. The team of the best interpretation plan will be invited as speakers for the special session at the Forum.
The Forum is open to all! So come and join us on November 15 to work and talk together about the sustainability of heritage and stakeholder involvement.
※ The Forum will be provided on YouTube (with Korean subtitles)after the event.
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