An increasingly connected world faces interconnected global challenges demanding global citizens who act for more peaceful and sustainable world.
The report Our Common Future, also known as the Brundtland Report (1987), enshrined the three dimensions of sustainable development, namely: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental balance. However, these dimensions alone cannot possibly reflect the complexity of current society, without culture . The 2030 Agenda adopted by the UN General Assembly integrates the role of culture, through cultural heritage and creativity, as an enabler of sustainable development across the Sustainable Development Goals.
Since heritage is our legacy from the past, what we pass on to future generations, in particular, the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage is a significant contribution to sustainable development. Every citizen of the world sharing universal enjoyment of heritage has a collective responsibility to safeguard our common asset.
Heritage sites have been damaged or destroyed as a result of direct hits, or as collateral damage related to armed conflicts, terrorism, and climate change. These challenges call for global citizens who recognize the value of heritage and put concerted efforts to protect the non-renewable resource beyond national boundaries.
Based on this global citizenship, members of global society share the accountability to strive towards a sustainable future. In doing so, there is a need to raise awareness among various stakeholders and to reflect it to policies at all levels including local and community level. Towards this end, it is important for us to improve government officials’ awareness and to enhance their capacities.
In line with this, UNESCO APCEIU and UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC will co-organize a 4-day workshop on Fostering Global Citizenship for a Sustainable Future in Jeju Island, a triple crown UNESCO designation. (Biosphere Reserve, World Natural Heritage and Global Geo Park) The Workshop aims to equip local government officials from the Asia-Pacific region with knowledge and skills on global citizenship; discuss how heritage conservation can be integrated with sustainable development and explore areas for potential cooperation in and beyond the Asia-Pacific region.
The workshop aims to build capacity of participants on sustainable heritage conservation policy, whilst promoting awareness and recognition on the importance of sustainable heritage conservation. For the capacity building, this event will;
- Provide an opportunity for the local governments and cities in the Asia-Pacific region to exchange sustainable heritage conservation policies and best practices through city-to-city cooperation.
- Promote a learning atmosphere between cities and establish a strong network which can be utilized after the workshop.
- Offer a venue for knowledge sharing and discussion and motivate participants to implement sustainable heritage conservation policies, placing culture in the center of the policy.
At the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to:
- Understand the heritage conservation trends and policy development in the context of 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
- Utilize the lessons learned from the cases of sustainable heritage conservation policy implementation in various regions.
- Have a basic understanding of heritage conservation and deepen the ideas of sustainable practices for regional/city/local development through local participation.
- Share the best practices of the community/local government-driven heritage conservation projects
- Understand the economic impacts of sustainable heritage conservation on the regional development, recognizing the importance of environmental and cultural heritage.
- Coordinate partnerships to effectively promote the benefits of sustainable heritage conservation policies with civil societies, government and local entrepreneurs.
The training will be composed of the following sessions:
[Session 1] Fostering Heritage Conservation and Management for a Sustainable Future
[Session 2] Understanding Global Citizenship in the context of 2030 Sustainable Development
[Session 3] Heritage Conservation in the context of Sustainable Development
[Session 4] Heritage Conservation in Jeju Island
[Session 5] Integrating Heritage and Sustainable Development by Engaging Diverse Communities for Heritage Management
[Session 6] Heritage Tourism and Community Enhancement
[Session 7] Role of Global Citizens in Supporting Local Government Heritage Conservation
[Session 8] Heritage Tourism and Community Building
[Session 9] Sustainable Heritage through Engagement of Local Communities
[Session 10] UNITAR-Developed City-Share Methodology
** Sessions are flexible to changes. **
The training will be comprised of:
- Lectures and presentations by experts
- Self-assessment exercise
- Group work and discussion
- Action plan presentation
- Field visit to sustainable heritage sites
Central/local authorities and Representatives from NGOs, regional and community-based organizations, academic and training institutions and other local actors, who are working in the field of sustainable heritage conservation within the Asia-Pacific region
** Participants should have sufficient command of both written and spoken English.