World Heritage Committee Session 42
24 June - 4 July 2018 | Manama, Bahrain
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.
DEPARTS AKL - 20 June
RETURNS TO AKL - 7 July
TRAINING WEEKEND - 16-17 June
APPLICATIONS DUE - 29 May
DELEGATION FEE - $5500
Katie is a BA (Hons) student in History at the University of Auckland, working on a project related to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its expression in educational, academic, and public history. Alongside her studies, she works as a Student Adviser in the Faculty of Arts and as a Research Assistant in the university’s Public Policy Institute. She also volunteers as an Academic Mentor in the university’s student accommodation, as a Content Writer for the Public Policy Club, and as Vice President for the University of Auckland History Society. In her spare time, Katie enjoys photography, baking, and playing with her cat, Isabella Queen of France (aka Izzy). Katie is excited to attend WHC S42 to see how ideas of cultural heritage and what is considered ‘valuable’ are expressed and debated during the conference.