World Heritage Committee Session 41
2-12 July 2017 | Krakow, Poland
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 London and Krakow while they're away.
DEPARTS AKL - 26 June
RETURNS TO AKL - 16 July
TRAINING WEEKEND - 27-28 May
APPLICATIONS DUE - 14 April
$1500 DEPOSIT DUE - 24 April
DELEGATION FEE - $4700
An alumna of of the Institute's delegation to COP 21 in Paris, India has been selected to lead this year's delegation to the World Heritage Committee. Currently living in Wellington, India studied Anthropology at the University of Auckland. She is originally from Hawke's Bay (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga), where she acted as Kaitiaki Assistant and Exhibition Technician at the Hawke's Bay Museum and Art Gallery. India is interested in how indigenous peoples' heritage - especially when intangible - is recognised and understood, and how it can be protected for future generations in the face of threats such as climate change. In her spare time India likes to connect with the whenua through tramping or rock climbing, or reading or watching films.