12-02 SESSION 1: Understanding the insights of Civil Society – possible solutions for sustainable heritage futures

Thursday, DEC 2, 2021
12:00 – 14:00 UTC


This discussion is part of a series of webinars organized by NYUAD and Dhakira Center for Heritage Studies in collaboration with the initiative “Our World Heritage”. These series were first preceded by several workshops – e.g. “Mapping Unframed Voices on World Heritage Sites”, “Thinking beyond the research: What is the role of Academia in the world of heritage and civil society?”, and it has progressed towards the month of December under the umbrella theme of “Opening up to Civil Society”.

Over the course of 2021, the joint effort of 12 teams under the OurWorldHeritage initiative was guided by the ambition to promote awareness for the protection of cultural and natural heritage. Each month, heritage was addressed in a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to prepare for the next generations’ future at global and local levels. Now, preliminary results from this year’s work will be shared to a larger audience.

In December, the “Opening up to Civil Society” team invites participants from the previous themes to reflect on the role of civil society in ensuring the sustainability of heritage for the coming 50 years, based on their draft recommendations and reports. 

How are different types of knowledge and expertise integrated and utilized when heritage policies are created? Who is civil society and how can it be mobilized while ensuring representation, ownership on an international stage? What are the effects of the international heritage system once it is deployed? Is there a need to restructure the global heritage decision-making mechanisms to face today’s challenges?


12:00 – 13:15 UTC: Presentations by the OWH teams
13:15 –14:00 UTC: Discussion and Q&A

MODERATOR: Verónica Mateus Pereira, CIE – Centre for International Heritage Activities; Dhakira Center for Heritage Studies from New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD).

PRESENTATIONS: 15 minutes mark OWH themes & speakers: Each theme should highlight two of its members to present their recommendations regarding the role of civil society, in a duo that should promote an inter-generational dialogue.

OWH Themes: Sustainability, Heritage in Conflict, Disasters and Pandemics, Human rights, Diversity and Genders  

Pamela Duran Diaz & Ege Yildirim – Sustainability
Kristen Barrett-Casey & Giovanni Fontana Antonelli – Heritage in Conflict
Maria Eugenia Siguencia Avila – Disasters and Pandemics