WHIPIC’s Big First Step Into the Interpretation and Presentation of World Heritage

28 Dec 2023

In 2023, WHIPIC had numerous significant events. Notably, this marked the inaugural year since the establishment of the centre. By publicly unveiling the Centre's vision and fostering collaborations with various organisations, we successfully solidified the Centre's position in the realm of World Heritage interpretation and presentation.


(1) Foundation Celebration of UNESCO WHIPIC

In celebration of the first anniversary of WHIPIC's official establishment on May 23rd last year, we organised a Foundation Celebration of UNESCO WHIPIC on May 31st. Approximately 200 guests, including the Commissioner of the Cultural Heritage Administration, the director of UNESCO's Beijing Office, and representatives from the World Heritage Advisory Organisation, graced the occasion to extend their congratulations on establishing the Centre. The vision declaration ceremony served as a platform for the Centre to articulate its future direction and role.


Foundation Celebration of UNESCO WHIPIC


(2) The 8th Annual Coordination Meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage-related Category 2 Centres

In commemorating the Centre's establishment, nine international Category 2 Centres dedicated to World Heritage convened for their annual meeting. The theme was Heritage Interpretation for the Sustainable Development of World Heritage, with discussions spanning five sub-topics. Attendees shared their expertises, fostering practical collaboration among Category 2 Centres. A significant milestone was the signing of The Sejong Declaration of Understanding and Cooperation among UNESCO World Heritage-related Category 2 Centres. This declaration, also known as the Sejong Declaration, was officially adopted as part of agenda item 6 during the 45th World Heritage Committee.


The 8th Annual Coordination Meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage-related Category 2 Centres


(3) Researching on the Agenda of the 45th World Heritage Committee and Participating in the 24th General Assembly of the World Heritage Convention

The 45th World Heritage Committee convened offline for the first time since the Centre's establishment in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from September 10th to September 25th. For WHIPIC, as a Category 2 Centre, a significant achievement was item 6, which induced an independent report on Category 2 Centres’ activities in a separate item 6B. It will implement from the 46th session of the World Heritage Committee next year. This result has heightened the visibility of Category 2 Centres' contributions within the Committee, aligning with the commitment to 'increase the visibility of Category 2 Centres’ activities' agreed upon in the Sejong Declaration adopted at the annual meeting.

During the Committee, the Centre conducted study to analyse the policy of World Heritage from all agenda items and summarised the main issues that mentioned in the meeting.

 

The 24th General Assembly of the World Heritage Convention

 

The 24th General Assembly of the World Heritage Convention


WHIPIC also attended the 24th World Heritage Convention General Assembly held from November 22nd to 23rd and followed discussions on World Heritage policy. In particular, we learned about each State Party's interest and efforts in World Heritage and climate change. Lastly, there were such great news that the government of the Republic of Korea elected one of the committee members of the Asia-Pacific region.


While attending General Assembly and Committee meeting, the Centre discussed ways to cooperate with various related organisations. We met with representatives of the World Heritage Center's Asia-Pacific Department, ICCROM, ICOMOS, IUCN, Turkey, and Singapore. We talked about working together in future activities on World Heritage interpretation and presentation.


WHIPIC initiated the Sejong-WHIPIC international exchange fellowship programme, welcoming Mr. Innocent Munyaradzi Mashamaire from the National Museum of Zimbabwe. During the approximately three-month fellowship programme, he has been actively engaged in enhancing communication and sharing information with local communities involved in the Great Zimbabwe rehabilitation and development project, which the centre is actively participating in. In addition to contributing to the project, she participates enthusiastically in various international forums and youth workshops organised by the Centre, sharing his valuable experience and expertise.

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