Likewise, the Sustainable Development sector works to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. With support from the AHRC, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and Praxis at the University of Leeds are therefore hosting ‘Heritage and Our Sustainable Future: Research, Practice, Policy and Impact’, an upcoming virtual conference from 22nd February to 2nd March. Here we will bring together a diverse range of cultural heritage and sustainable development contributors, including policymakers, practitioners and researchers, but also non-governmental organisations (NGOs), museums, private sector representatives and other stakeholders from across the globe. United by the shared goal of collaboration for sustainable progress, the conference will explore how best to utilise cultural heritage research on the ground to drive forward the SDGs, especially in Official Development Assistance (ODA)-eligible countries.
Join policymakers, practitioners and researchers alongside NGOs, museums, private sector representatives and other stakeholders from across the globe for thirteen sessions over ten days (22nd February – 2nd March) to consider the role that heritage research, policy and practice can play in our sustainable future.
Expert sessions include everything from climate change, culture-nature interrelationships, and multi-dimensional methods for evaluation, to capacity strengthening, people-centred and decolonisation approaches, digital technology, sustainable cities, mental health and wellbeing, tourism and the creative industries beyond economic development.
Gabriel Caballero, ICOMOS Focal Point for the Sustainable Development Goals will be a panellist for the opening session, while members of the ICOMOS Sustainable Development Goals Working Group (SDGWG) Rohit Jigyasu, Andrew Potts, Sophia Labadi, Maya Ishizawa, Gamini Wijesurija and Ege Yildirim will be chairing or facilitating other sessions of the conference.
The conference is being held by the UK National Commission for UNESCO and Praxis, University of Leeds. For more information and to register for any/all sessions, visit the conference website here.