UNESCO Heritage Awards 20th anniversary: Asia-Pacific Heritage 20/20 Forum and 2019 Awards Ceremony

UNESCO Heritage Awards 20th anniversary: Asia-Pacific Heritage 20/20 Forum and 2019 Awards Ceremony

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage 20/20 Forum + 2019 Awards Ceremony 
(14 Oct | Penang + Facebook Live) 

The 20th Anniversary Celebration of UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation is just one week away! Can’t make it to Penang? Join our Facebook live to witness the announcement of 2019 winners and participate in our Heritage 20/20 Talks discussion. Spread the word for us! 


Two sessions in the Asia-Pacific Heritage 20/20 Forum will be broadcast live on UNESCO Asia-Pacific’s Facebook page  

1. 2019 Awards Ceremony (14 Oct | 9am - 10am Penang, GMT+8) 

2. Heritage 20/20 Talks (14 Oct | 3pm - 5pm Penang, GMT+8) 

The Forum will kick off with the 2019 Awards Ceremony. We have received 57 submissions from 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific region this year, which is by far the highest number of submissions to date, representing Australia, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan the Philippines and the Republic of Korea. Join us to witness the announcement of 2019 winners. 


The Heritage 20/20 Talks will look forward to the next 20 years of the Awards programme and the field of heritage conservation. Starting with the two emerging professionals setting the scene for new perspectives and partnerships in the future, thought leaders will also provide insights into their respective areas of expertise. 


Feel free to join the discussion by posting your comments on heritage and sustainable placemaking during our Facebook Live! 


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Asia-Pacific Heritage 20/20 Forum (Venue: U.A.B Building)

09:00 – 10:00

  • Opening ceremony
  • Welcome remarks: Hamdan Abdul Majeed, Managing Director, Think City 
  • Opening remarks: Shigeru Aoyagi, Director, UNESCO Bangkok
  • Congratulatory remarks: Chow Kon Yeow, Chief Minister of Penang
  • 2019 Awards ceremony  

10:00 – 10:30


10:30 – 12:00

Panel discussion with the Heritage Awards Jury and the winners: 
“From Blue Mansion to Blue House: the Evolving Landscape of Heritage Conservation in the Asia-Pacific region from 2000-2019”


                 Moderator: Richard Engelhardt, Former UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific


    • Anne Arnold, Chairperson, Heritage Council of Western Australia
    • Salman Beg, Chief Executive Officer, Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan
    • Laurence Loh, Director, Arkitek LLA
    • Abha Narain, Conservation Architect, Abha Narain Lambah Associates 
    • Yeo Kang Shua, Associate Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design
    • José Yam, Commissioner for Heritage, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
    • Alfred Yeung, Managing Director, Brock Carmichael Asia

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:30



Heritage Clinic: Emerging challenges, new responses

Young professionals and current students in conservation will present their projects to the experts and the audience for an interactive discussion on emerging challenges and new responses. All participants will be asked to divide into three different groups for this parallel discussion. 

Breakout #1 - Saving Endangered Cultures (1/F)

Breakout #2 - Dialogue between Tangible & Intangible Heritage (G/F)

Breakout #3 - Engaging the Community with Art (G/F)

14:30 – 15:00


15:00 – 16:45






Heritage20/20x Talks:

  • Setting the scene: Emerging challenges, new responses by two representatives from the Heritage Clinic 
  • Roundtable: Strategic Alliance for “Culture, Heritage and Sustainable Placemaking”


  • Montira Horayangura Unakul, Programme Officer, UNESCO Bangkok
  • Hamdan Abdul Majeed, Managing Director, Think City



  • Heritage x People: Ginevra Boatto, Regional Representative for Southeast Asia, World Monuments Fund
  • Heritage x Digital Technology: Thanpuying Sirikitiya Jensen,
    Historian, Department of Fine Arts, Ministry of Culture (Thailand)
  • Heritage x Urban: Neil Khor, Special Advisor to the Executive Director, UN-Habitat
  • Heritage x Social Entrepreneurship: Leong Cheung, Executive Director, Charities & Community, The Hong Kong Jockey Club
  • Heritage x Nature: Allen Tan, Managing Director, The Habitat Penang Hill & Executive Committee Member, The Habitat Foundation
  • Heritage x Knowledge: Dong Wei, UNESCO Chair in Heritage Resource Management, Southeast University


16:45 – 17:00


                   •  Closing Address: Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, UN-Habitat
                   •  Vote of Thanks: Shigeru Aoyagi, Director, UNESCO Bangkok

Evening Reception (Venue: Suffolk House)

 19:00 – 21:00

  • Launch of Asia Conserved Volume III: Lessons Learned from the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation (2010 – 2014)
  • Special recognition of UNESCO Heritage Awards partners and supporters