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2012 WH Symposium

40 years of the World Heritage Convention
Australia ICOMOS National Symposium

Friday 16 November, 9-5pm
Education Centre, The Rocks YHA, Cumberland St, Sydney

Registration from 8.30am, refreshments and lunch included. The Australia ICOMOS AGM will follow, along with rooftop drinks and a Sydney Harbour sunset.

Symposium Report

To read the report from this symposium, click on the link below


Australia ICOMOS has been holding a series of state-based forums around Australia in 2012 focusing on the 40th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

The National Symposium in Sydney on 16 November will build upon the issues and discussions raised in each State and provide direction for Australia ICOMOS’ engagement with the national and international debate regarding World Heritage in the 21st century.

All members are welcome, and those with particular expertise in World Heritage are encouraged to attend, as the structure of the day will allow participation and questions by delegates ‘from the floor’.

The National Symposium provides an opportunity to not only engage with World Heritage but also to increase awareness of the importance of conserving and managing Australia’s cultural heritage. Key questions to be discussed by speakers cover International, National And Community issues.

“It will be a captivating day. Expert speakers will debate the key questions and the audience will be encouraged to add to the discussion.” Dr Jane Harrington, President, Australia ICOMOS.


Key Questions


As it reaches its 40th Anniversary, is the UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural & Natural Heritage still a convention for conservation? If it isn’t, what is it now a convention for?


If we look back on the last 40 years, what has Australia contributed to the international endeavour of World Heritage? What could Australia offer the world in the next 10 years?


Does the World Heritage Convention support communities in their endeavour to protect their heritage? Does the Convention and its operations provide benefits for communities?


Key speakers

Key speakers will be confirmed shortly, but will include Australia ICOMOS’ President Dr Jane Harrington and International ICOMOS Vice-President Kristal Buckley.


Registration – PLACES LIMITED

Please complete the 2012 National Symposium Registration form and email it to the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat by COB Friday 2 November.