The inscription of properties in the World Heritage List has overshadowed the responsibilities set out in articles 5 and 27 of the Convention and the accompanying 1972 Recommendation Concerning the Protection, at National Level, of the Cultural and Natural Heritage. Focus on the List has assisted the disproportionate promotion of a selective group of heritage properties, prejudicing the advancement of comprehensive global heritage conservation and management and contributing to the politicisation of the decision-making processes.
ON HERITAGE LISTING
Since 1978, the UNESCO World Heritage list is in a constant process of evolution, and many activities have taken place until now. In order to better accommodate the discussion for ‘Beyond the List’, we present you with the necessarily long and short-term background information on the composition of the list and trends that should be recognised, such as foundational documentation, programs, studies and manifesto’s. Since this inventory non-exhaustive and far from completion, we welcome missing keystones that you would like add:
- World Heritage List + statistics (UNESCO World Heritage Center)
- Global Strategy for a Representative, Balanced and Credible World Heritage List (UNESCO World Heritage Center)
- Gap Report -The World Heritage List: Filling the gaps – an action plan for the future (ICOMOS, 2005)
- World Heritage Programme for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) (UNESCO World Heritage Center)
- Linking Universal and Local Values: Managing a Sustainable Future for World Heritage (UNESCO World Heritage Center)
You can send all additional links to secretariat[@sign]ourworldheritage.org and we will post the links here (please name the title “background documentation list“).
Dennis Rodwell is an architect-planner. Based in Scotland, United Kingdom, he works internationally in the field of cultural heritage and sustainable urban development. After a career as principal in a private architectural practice, he has undertaken a number of assignments for UNESCO, the World Bank, European Commission, Council of Europe, Inter-American Development Bank, and others. He writes and publishes widely on the theme of conservation and sustainability in historic cities.
Urban Planner, focussed on Heritage and Environmental Impact Assessment, Scientific Assistant at Chair for the History and Theory of Urban Design, ETH Zürich.
Architect (IUAV Venice) and PhD (PUC Chile). Associate Professor at the School of Architecture at Universidad Católica de Chile, and director of the Centro del Patrimonio Cultural at Universidad Católica de Chile.
INTACH, New Delhi, Principal Director, Architectural Heritage Division.
Alona Nitzan-Shiftan is associate professor at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, where she heads the Aronson Built Heritage Research Center. She received her S.M.Arch.S. and PhD from MIT, and leading research institutes such as CASVA, the Getty/ UCLA Program, the Israel Science Foundation, and the Frankel Institute at the University of Michigan, supported her research.
PLA, FASLA, AICP, F.US/ICOMOS, preservation landscape architect and urban planner, founded Heritage Landscapes LLC in 1987. Patricia has contributed to ASLA, ICOMOS, IFLA, OurWorldHeritage and UNESCO World Heritage to advance the valued landscape cultural and natural heritage of diverse places and peoples in the USA and around the globe.
Nimmy NimrataTeam member
Nimmy Namrata (ICOMOS Singapore, ICOMOS India, DOCOMOMO Singapore) is a conservation architect, providing consultancy services, based in Singapore. Her projects include feasibility studies through design strategies, restoration works, adaptive reuse and conservation management and maintenance plans for historic structures in the South East Asian region.
Deepti SharmaTeam member
Conservation Architect from Delhi, specialized in Urban Conservation, focused on value assessment of heritage, currently working with LIsting Cell of INTACH, reviewing listings from across India.