“During the painfully long and exhausting eighteen-hour flight back to Auckland, I had plenty of time to reflect on the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee in Manama, Bahrain.”
If the decisions to inscribe are not impartial, and are in fact influenced by political pressures, then whose heritage are we prioritising and celebrating? And, perhaps more importantly, who is being excluded?
A behind-the-scenes look at a full day of the World Heritage Committee session.
Our first full day in Bahrain – exciting, tiring, nerve-racking, spectacular and many more adjectives come to mind when I reflect on yesterday.
To be honest, it hasn’t really sunk in that I’ll be getting on a flight this evening, travelling for 17hrs to Dubai and then another 2hrs to Bahrain. I’ve had work, been packing and sorting out logistics on my end so until I am standing in front of the international departure gates, this is all a dream.
One thing I know to be true, is that the cultural makeup of a society is more often than not, intricately connected between people, land and heritage.
I care about making it clear once and for all that the protection of heritage sites is so incredibly important and taking that away is stripping away our connections with the land. It is trying to erase traces of a civilisation and a people by way of erasing their history. There needs to be a bigger movement, a bigger push to educate the world on the importance of protecting heritage.
Preparing for my first big hurrah overseas, battling to comprehend EXACTLY what we're in for and tying up loose ends before we go!