Key Objectives of Forum UNESCO
The key objectives of the international network are to:
Mobilize the human and technical resources of the universities to co-operate nationally and internationally in protecting the cultural tangible and intangible heritage through the implementation of international conventions and safeguarding
Create a national and international network of solidarity, mutual assistance and the exchange of knowledge and skills between universities on issues of cultural heritage
Strengthen inter-university co-operation by transferring knowledge and exchanging know-how with the heritage practitioners
Increase students' participation in heritage projects and so ensure that universities sensitize the next generation of the importance of protecting cultural heritage
Encourage the development of heritage studies in universities, emphasising both theory and practical experience
Promote through the notion of a common World Heritage, a mutual understanding and a multicultural dialogue for peace.
Strategies for Action
Forum UNESCO's strategies for action are to:
Develop a nucleus of students and teachers in each university participating in forum activities
Establish links with other universities working in the heritage field
Create national and regional components of the global forum network
Implement jointly the appropriate machinery between universities for efficient co-ordination in the field of heritage
Reinforce co-operation between global, regional, national and local cultural heritage officials, practitioners and the universities
Create a local and national UNESCO Forum data bank
Encourage the teaching of cultural heritage across many university faculties, in particular heritage law study and by the creation of UNESCO cultural heritage chairs
Identify concrete operational projects involving inter-university co-operation
The Fifth International Seminar of Forum UNESCO - University and Heritage will take place in two historic cities, Byblos and Beirut, in Lebanon, from 6 to 9 November 2000. This meeting is organized by the Lebanese American University and UNESCO.
Forum UNESCO University and Heritage, an international network gathering universities concerned with the issue of heritage in its different aspects in a multi-disciplinary approach, aims at promoting the commitment of researchers, professors and students to the protection and the valorization of both tangible and intangible heritage. A special chart has defined the following objectives to this network:
This Fifth International Seminar of Forum - UNESCO will be once again an occasion for academics, professionals, and others involved in the preservation and study of cultural heritage around the globe to meet and discuss new ideas and practices reflecting on the awareness and preservation of the different forms of cultural heritage.
This Seminar will be structured around two open sessions (open forum) as well as smaller workshops with the following themes:
I. Ethical and Scientific Responsibilities
Ethics and Heritage: The Role of Universities
Study of a Charter of Forum UNESCO
Social and economical Aspects of the Issue of Heritage
Exchange of knowledge and know-how between universities
Case Studies : preservation projects implemented by universities
II. Universities Actions' and Sharing:
1. Partnership with ICOMOS, ICCROM, ICOM, IFLA and UIA.
2. Co-operation with heritage practitioners.
3. Thematic Workshops:
Urbanism and Heritage
Heritage and economic development
Heritage and Cultural Tourism
Responsibilisation of decision-makers, youth and the public at large
Future common projects between universities
III Rationalization of Forum UNESCO's Functionning
Dissemination of information: regional computer junction points using intelligence agents
Selection of projects which Forum UNESCO's label by a working group under the auspices of UNESCO.