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Symposium for the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention

World Heritage for Peace and Sustainability


Date: 10 November 2012

Time: 13:00-17:00

Location: U Thant Hall, UNU Headquarters  Map »

Organizers: University of Tsukuba, UNU-ISP, Global Environment Outreach Centre (GEOC)

Languages: English and Japanese (simultaneous interpretation available)

Contact: Aya Yokoi, UNU-ISP: / Junko Okahashi, University of Tsukuba:

A Symposium on World Heritage for Peace and Sustainability will be held on 10 November 2012 at the United Nations University Headquarters in Tokyo.  This event is jointly organized by University of Tsukuba, UNU-ISP and Global Environment Outreach Centre (GEOC).

This symposium aims at a broad sharing of the big picture and principles of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, which celebrates its 40th Anniversary in November 2012. It will become a shared opportunity to discuss the future cooperation in the safeguarding of World Cultural and Natural Heritage and in the building of peace and sustainability, learning from concrete cases in various parts of the world until the present day. 


To register for this event, please click on the link below and complete the registration form. Registration will be closed when it reaches the capacity.

Draft Programme


Welcome Address  

Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Vice-Rector of UNU
Yutaka Tsujinaka, Vice-Rector in charge of international affairs, University of Tsukuba


Keynote Speech “How can Peace-building be possible through the Safeguarding of World Heritage? ”

Koïchiro Matsuura, Former Director-General of UNESCO


Cases of International Cooperation in the Safeguarding of World Heritage and the building of Peace and Sustainability

  • UNESCO’s International Campaigns and Special Projects – the examples of Egypt and Bosnia-Herzegovina
    Mounir Bouchenaki, Special Advisor for Cultural Heritage to UNESCO and ICCROM
  • Safeguarding of Angkor: Post-Conflict Rehabilitation and Conservation efforts until now
    Yoshiaki Ishizawa, Chairman, Japan Consortium for International Cooperation in Cultural Heritage
  • Trans-boundary cooperation in the Middle East – the PUSH experience
    Michael Turner, UNESCO Chair in Urban Design and Conservation Studies, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
  • World Natural Heritage and International Cooperation
    Tim Badman, Director of World Heritage Programme, IUCN
  • Examples of Japanese World Natural Heritage properties – Shiretoko and Ogasawara: efforts for their Sustainable Conservation
    Tsunao Watanabe, Former Director-General, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
15:45-16:00 Break

Panel Discussion
“What Cooperation is aimed at for Peace and Sustainability in the future of the World Heritage?”


Closing Address

Saburo Aoki, Director of the Global Negotiation Programme, University of Tsukuba