Beyond the List: equitable representation and the social role of heritage

The World Heritage List has dominated the life and development of the Convention without achieving an equitable global representation. This has contributed to the politicisation of the decision-making processes and has weakened the promotion of comprehensive heritage policies and practices. How can the Convention expand its role as a heritage conservation tool and how can emphasis on the List be reduced? How can the World Heritage listing processes better represent the diversity of the world’s cultural and natural heritage? How can science-based tools guide the development of the List and the monitoring of World Heritage sites?


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    Dennis Rodwell, Coordinator

    Dennis Rodwell, Coordinator


    Dennis Rodwell is an architect-planner. Based in Scotland, United Kingdom, he works internationally in the field of cultural heritage and sustainable urban development. Previously a principal in private architectural practice, he has served in local government posts as conservation officer, urban designer, project manager and principal planner, and successfully promoted the rescue of a number of historic buildings at risk. From 1998 onwards, 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.

    Kuanghan Li, Convener

    Kuanghan Li, Convener

    Peking University

    Dr. Kuanghan Li, PHD is the Director of Programs for Global Heritage Fund, where she is responsible for strategy and management of the organization’s global projects. She also serves as the Assistant Director for the UNESCO World Heritage Institute of Training and Research in the Asia and Pacific Region (WHITRAP Beijing) at Peking University. She graduated with a degree in architectural studies and continued to study historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania and received her PhD in archaeology from Peking University.

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