Applications open for our World Heritage Committee delegation

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Great news - applications for our second ever delegation to the World Heritage Committee are now open!

We'll be choosing a small group of young Kiwis to head to the conference, which will be taking place in Manama, Bahrain this year.

Get your application in by midnight, Tuesday 29 May.

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THE WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE | MANAMA

Every year, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meets to consider applications for the World Heritage List - a list which recognises sites around the world with special cultural or physical significance. The Committee also requests states to take action when heritage sites are not being properly managed, allocates financial assistance to help look after them, and recognises when heritage sites are in danger - for instance as a result of conflict, development or climate change.

But who decides what of our heritage has "special cultural or physical significance"?  The Committee has been criticised, for example, for favouring Eurocentric values, and for favouring some sites over others for political reasons.  Our heritage forms a key part of our cultural identities, so the Committee has a pretty significant responsibility.

Of course, it's only appropriate that our delegates should visit some real-life World Heritage Sites too - so as well as the Committee Session, they'll see Sites in Bahrain while they're away.

Apply here now.