Integrating Heritage into the SDGs - 'Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable Cities




International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)





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This webinar was hosted by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) to discuss Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 which aims to make inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities. It can be viewed at ICOMOS official Youtube channel

The webinar discussed four pillars of sustainable development: society, economy, environment and culture. Speakers included Peter Philips, Chair of ICOMOS Sustainable Development Working Group, Linda Shetabi, urban planner with ICOMOS, Claus-Peter Echter, President of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Historic Cities, Towns and Villages, and Jordi Pascual, Co-ordinator of the Cultural Committee at United Cities and Local Government (UCLG).

ICOMOS is dedicated to the development of common doctrines for the protection of cultural heritage sites and monuments, the evolution and circulation of knowledge, the creation of improved conservation techniques, and the promotion of cultural heritage significance.

This unique non-governmental, democratic not-for-profit international organisation is associated with UNESCO, as an Advisory Body of the World Heritage Committee for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention. Its creation in 1965 is the outcome of initial conversations between architects, historians and international experts that began in the early twentieth century and eventualluy materialized in the adoption of the Venice Charter in 1964.

Some of the topics discussed in the webinar were:

  • Progress and Challenges in mainstreaming cultural heritage and SDGs
  • The Valetta Principles
  • The role of heritage within UN SDG