MoU Signing Ceremony: WHIPIC and AWHF

2 Jun 2023

Suhee Chae, the Director-General of WHIPIC(Left), Vusithemba Ndima, the Chairperson of AWHF(Right)


The International Centre for the Interpretation and Presentation of World Heritage Sites under the auspices of UNESCO (hereinafter the WHIPIC) and the African World Heritage Fund (hereinafter AWHF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in regard to collaboration in the implementation of World Heritage Convention on Thursday, June 1, 2023.


The two organisations, both Category 2 centres under UNESCO, have been working together since 2021 to raise awareness of World Heritage protection through projects such as the “World Heritage, Multiple Memories Webinar” and “Heritage Interpretation Online Lecture Series.” This MOU was signed to jointly operate the first international capacity building programme on World Heritage interpretation after the official establishment of the WHIPIC.


The official title is ‘Memorandum of Understanding between AWHF and WHIPIC in regard to collaboration in the implementation of World Heritage Convention in Africa, Asia and the Pacific Region’.


This MoU is for cooperation between the two organisations over the next five years, the main areas of collaboration are:

- the World Heritage capacity building particularly focusing on Africa and Asia-Pacific region,

- the establishment of a cooperative system in the field of cultural and natural heritage including inscription, management, interpretation,

- Mutual assistance in supporting common interest to both parties such as empowering local communities regarding World Heritage.



Suhee Chae, the Director-General of WHIPIC, said “Africa, a UNESCO priority area, along with Asia-Pacific region, particularly needs capacity-building for the World Heritage interpretation. I understand that it is becoming important for the African region to translate OUV as a regional value” and “I will do my best to actively support this agreement and foster long-term cooperation.”


Vusithemba Ndima, the Chairperson of AWHF, said “we are very happy to report that this MoU will be implemented through our co-organized Workshop on World Heritage Interpretation and Presentation in Africa to be held later this year in Egypt. We look forward to a fruitful WHIPIC-AWHF collaboration moving forward and towards an improved implementation of the World Heritage Convention in our regions.”


The WHIPIC will continue its efforts to build international cooperation with the AWHF to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


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