Unesco Bergen 24.-26. March 2014

Conference theme

The theme of the international conference 24-26 March is the UNESCO 1972, 2003 and 2005 conventions: Synergies for development, ”Using natural and cultural heritage in sustainable development”.

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The overall goal of the conference is to critically discuss how synergies between the three conventions can be utilized to realize their related ambitions and how other UNESCO related instruments, regional and national mechanisms and practices can be fruitfully combined.

The conference will seek to critically discuss the specific questions:

·         How can synergies between the conventions and other mechanisms and practices be obtained on the ground – what works in practice?

·         What is the role of tangible as well as intangible cultural heritage and cultural expressions in contributing to sustainable development?

Target participants include researchers in cultural and natural heritage and sustainable development, practitioners in management of heritage sites and related instruments on the local level and higher levels.

The conference should provide a meeting place for exchange of ideas. It should provide:

·         researchers with feedback on their findings and ideas for further work

·         local heritage managers with inspiration for new solutions

·         UNESCO and national level heritage managers with ideas for strategic developments

The conference will invite both practitioners and researchers to present contributed papers along with invited keynote presentations during a three day conference. Conference dates are Monday 24 through Wednesday 26 March 2014 (arriving Sunday 23rd).

Posters will be on display during the whole conference with a dedicated poster session Monday afternoon. The conference language will be English. Nearby sites will be visited during Tuesday excursions integrated in the programme with introduction also to related mechanisms such as MAB and economuseums.


A high quality cultural program will be integrated in the entire conference including sessions, lunches and dinner.

The location is in Bergen near the Bryggen World Heritage Site with possibilities for additional pre- and post conference tours. The main host and organizer of the conference is the University of Bergen with contributions from the Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO, City of Bergen, Hordaland County Council, and the County Governor of Hordaland


Last updated: 17.10.2013