Monday, November 24, 2014

UNESCO Caribbean experts meet to plan actions to secure World Heritage

Trinidad and Tobago joins Caribbean in preparing action plan for managing World Heritage
Published on November 24, 2014 
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago’s Dr Kris Rampersad will participate in the preparation of a five-year action plan on World Heritage for the Caribbean this month.
Hosted by Cuba, the meeting will bring together the focal points for World Heritage in 20 member and associate states of the Caribbean, representatives of the advisory bodies to the UNESCO Convention, universities, and specialists of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the UNESCO offices in Havana, Kingston and Port-au-Prince. It is being supported by the Nehterlands-Funds-in-Trust.
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Heritage Educator, Dr Kris Rampersad, Trinidad and Tobago Representative on UNESCO Executive Board
Rampersad will lead discussions on strengthening the role of local communities in the identification, conservation and management of heritage, drawing from experiences in working across the Caribbean in preparing multisectoral stakeholders in government, academia, media, civil society, local government, tourism actors among others.
A heritage educator, researcher and advocate, she was also part of the team preparing the regional action plan for Latin America and the Caribbean earlier this year. She is also the Trinidad and Tobago representative on the UNESCO Executive Board, Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO, and member the executive advisory bodies of the International Culture University and the International Institute on Gastronomy, Culture the Arts and Tourism.
With the aim of devising a Caribbean Action Plan for World Heritage 2014-2019, the meeting will review Caribbean actions on heritage and develop strategies to build capacities of persons engaged in conserving, managing and monitoring heritage elements and address challenges of small island developing states, risk management for climate change, harnessing community knowledge, building cross sectoral partnerships and networks between and among actors and sectors as with education, science, communications, tourism, and others.
It intends to enhance coordination of efforts by the World Heritage community, strengthen the inter-university network, and promote Caribbean-Pacific coordination within the framework of the International Year of Small Island Developing States.
According to the organisers, “In a period of rapid social and environmental changes, the value of heritage in human development, as a repository of knowledge, an engine for economic growth and a symbolic force that brings stability and direction to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world, becomes crucial.”

Sub-Regional meeting on the Caribbean Action Plan for World Heritage 2014-2019 | UNESCO



Sub-Regional meeting on the Caribbean Action Plan for World Heritage 2014-2019



When, local time: 
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 - 9:00am to Friday, 28 November 2014 - 6:00am
Where: 
Cuba, Havana
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
f.brugman@unesco.org; v.marin@unesco.org; b.guzman@unesco.org;
Sub-Regional meeting on the Caribbean Action Plan for World Heritage 2014-2019 as a follow-up to the adoption by the World Heritage Committee of the Action Plan for World Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean Region (Decision 38 COM 10B.4).
UNESCO Offices in Havana (Cuba), in Kingston (Jamaica) and UNESCO World Heritage Centre, in cooperation with UNESCO Office in Port au Prince (Haiti), and with the financial support of the Netherlands Funds-in-Trust are organizing this meeting.
The meeting will be attended by representatives of 22 Caribbean Member and Associated States, the 3 advisory bodies to the World Heritage Convention (ICOMOS, ICCROM and IUCN) and Caribbean universities, as well as specialists from UNESCO Offices in Havana, Kingston and Port-au-Prince, and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. In the framework of the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Adi Meretui Ratunabuabua, Pacific Heritage Hub Manager, University of the South Pacific, will participate in the meeting, which will also contribute to strengthening South-South cooperation.
Objectives:
- To develop and approve a Sub-regional Action Plan for the Caribbean (2014-2019), based on the Regional Action Plan for Latin America and the Caribbean, approved by States Parties in Brasilia in May 2014 and by the World Heritage Committee in Doha in June 2014;
- To discuss and approve the follow-up action to the second phase of the Caribbean Capacity Building Programme, as part of the Sub-regional Action Plan for the Caribbean 2014-2019 to strengthen professional capacities at the sub regional level for better implementing the 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the of World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972);
- To enhance the cooperation with the Caribbean University Network.
- See more at: http://en.unesco.org/events/sub-regional-meeting-caribbean-action-plan-world-heritage-2014-2019#sthash.TjGVmUDK.dpuf
Comments:
YAEESH ABDUL-WAHID:
I OF AM A MEMBER OF EAST PORT OF SPAIN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION.ALSO OUR GROUP LAVENTILLE AND ENVIRONS ACTION DEVELOPMENT ATTENDED A FIVE SATURDAY WEEK END HERITAGE WORKSHOP AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO BY THE BELMONT FREETOWN FOUNDATION 2014 AND OTHER CAPACITY BUILDING INCLUSION INTERVENTION RELATED EVENTS FROM APRIL 2013 TO PRESENT. WE KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS INITIATIVE IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF ESTABLISHING A SUSTAINABLE MANDATE FOR GLOBAL HERITAGE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT.
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