Domain and objectives


The Chair foster the protection and conservation of heritage in all its forms – tangible and intangible, cultural and natural, movable and immovable – and strengthen heritage conservation and capacity-building, particularly in Africa, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDC), which are UNESCO’s global priorities, but also in the Mediterranean region where new experiences and knowledge have recently been acquired.

The Chair works to achieve results that coincide with the objectives of UNESCO: on one hand, to achieve a coordinated approach to the various dimensions of heritage’s protection and safeguarding and, on other hand improving them, guided by the objectives of sustainable development.

Main objectives

  • To support land management policies and heritage conservation, with a special focus on World Heritage sites;
  • To improve and disseminate good practices related to heritage conservation and sustainable development and help people to build up alternatives concerning cultural and social economic development;
  • To enhance the importance of some principles, such as social solidarity, and therefore helping to consolidate the social cohesion of communities by focusing simultaneously on tradition and innovation;
  • To create and support a database of best practices regarding the application of intangible cultural heritage/traditional know-how to heritage conservation. This may also be used as a clearing house regarding the above-mentioned issues, where practitioners and researchers can share ideas and experiences.
  • To help people to understand others perspectives and respect them.

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