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World Heritage in the 21st Century: The Challenges of Conservation (lecture)

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2007
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Admission: Free; a ticket is required.

In its 35 years of existence, the World Heritage Convention has established conservation standards, defined heritage as a common good, mobilized the global community, and informed and involved the public. The 21st century, however, brings new challenges; some are global in nature, such as climate change and urbanization, while others are linked to local situations or to the impact of tourism.

Francesco Bandarin, director of the UNESCO World Heritage Center, explores the nature of the new challenges and their impact on conservation of cultural and natural heritage. He examines how the World Heritage Convention, an international treaty adopted by the United Nations in 1972 to protect natural and cultural heritage, can adjust its mechanisms and policies to address the issues at stake. Bandarin also gives special attention to the conservation challenges presented by historic cities and archaeological sites.

About the World Heritage Center
The World Heritage Center is part of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. It maintains the World Heritage List, which identifies sites of cultural and natural heritage around the world of outstanding value to humanity—from the wilds of East Africa's Serengeti to the Pyramids of Egypt, from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia to the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America. The Center also organizes international assistance from the World Heritage Fund, coordinates reporting on the condition of sites and emergency action when a site is threatened, organizes technical seminars and workshops, develops teaching materials to raise awareness among young people of the need for heritage preservation, and keeps the public informed of World Heritage issues.

About Francesco Bandarin
Francesco Bandarin has been director of the UNESCO World Heritage Center since 2000. An architect and city planner, he was a professor of urban planning at Venice University's Institute of Architecture in Italy and a consultant to the World Bank for cultural heritage conservation projects. From 1989 to 1995 he directed the Consorzio Venezia Nuova, which works to defend the city of Venice, Italy, against tides and physical decay.

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The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.

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