The Centre for the Interpretation and Presentation of World Heritage Sites (UNESCO WHIPIC) is once again promoting the “2023 World Heritage Interpretation and Presentation International Forum” this year. This event aims to thoroughly explore three critical themes:

  1. The Need for Wider Stakeholders in the World Heritage System.
  2. Efforts and Challenges of Inviting Participants at the Local, National and International Level.
  3. New Priorities, Breaking Barriers and Improving Capabilities.

With the goal of emphasizing the importance of involving a broad spectrum of stakeholders, from management levels to local communities, the Forum will give voice to a variety of actors, including young professionals and heritage experts with academic, governmental, and site management experience. Among the speakers are Joseph King (Senior Director, ICCROM), Olwen Beazley (Manager Historic & World Heritage, New South Wales National Parks & Wildlife Service), Hyun Kyung Lee (Professor at Sogang University), and Haeree Shim (Head of Education and Networking Office at WHIPIC). Erica Meneghin will present on the topic of “Heritage Interpretation and Capacity-Building of the Regional Community: bottom-up approaches and forming stakeholder networks.”

As part of the associated activities, on November 13 and 14, the “2023 Youth Capacity-Building Training for World Heritage Interpretation and Presentation” will take place. In this context, international students from the Asia-Pacific region will participate in sessions focused on the interpretation and presentation of world heritage at World Heritage sites. Some of these students will develop their interpretation projects under the guidance of experts and present their final results.