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2022 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation: Online winners announcement and symposium, 26 November 2022

2022 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation: Online winners announcement and symposium, 26 November 2022

UNESCO Bangkok cordially invites you to join an online event announcing the winners of the ‘2022 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation’ (hereafter ‘Heritage Awards’). This event will celebrate the outstanding achievements of 13 award-winning projects selected from 6 different countries across the region. 

Winners have been selected in all categories of recognition: Award of Excellence, Award of Distinction, Award of Merit, Award for New Design in Heritage Contexts, and the Special Recognition for Sustainable Development. 

This year’s jury meeting for the Heritage Awards was conducted from 5 through 8 November 2022, with the participation of world-renowned experts and scholars in the field of cultural heritage conservation. The 2022 jury comprised Kristal Buckley, William Chapman, Richard Engelhardt, Laurence Loh, Lu Wenyu, Biresh Shah, Mohammad Hassan Talebian, Anna Yau, and Yeo Kang Shua (Chair). Short biographies of the Jury members are available here.

This year, the Heritage Awards winners announcement event is part of a larger international symposium, The Next Fifty Years: Challenges and Opportunities for World Heritage, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. 

Following the announcement of this year’s winners, UNESCO will convene a panel discussion on ‘Global standards and regional best practices in sustainable cultural heritage conservation: dialogues between World Heritage focal points and UNESCO Heritage Awards winners’. 

The international symposium is organized in collaboration with the Asian Academy for Heritage Management Secretariat at Southeast University and the Beijing Cultural Relics Protection Association, with generous support provided by the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation (NTFCF)

UNESCO and NTFCF launched a 5-year partnership in 2021 to promote practices of transformative heritage conservation in the Asia-Pacific region.
All are warmly welcome to join us for this live celebratory event! 

Date: 26 Nov 2022 
Time: 13.00 – 17.30 Bangkok time (GMT+7)
Zoom meeting link (no advance registration required): 
https://unesco-org.zoom.us/j/86969590709
Passcode: unes26

Agenda

13.00–13.45

2022 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation Winner’s Announcement, by Feng Jing, Chief of Culture Unit, UNESCO Bangkok

13.45–16.30

Global standards and regional best practices in sustainable cultural heritage conservation: dialogues between World Heritage focal points and UNESCO Heritage Awards winners

Moderated by Rohit Jigyasu, Project Manager, Urban Heritage, Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management, Programme Unit, ICCROM

  • Trends in World Heritage in Asia-Pacific region by Feng Jing, Chief of Culture Unit, UNESCO Bangkok (20 min)
  • ‘Heritage Innovations for Sustainable Development’, by Guanghai Cui, Tsinghua Architectural Design and Research Institute (Protective Shelter at the Locality 1 Archaeological Site of Zhoukoudian Peking Man Cave World Heritage Site), 2020 Award for New Design in Heritage Contexts (15 min)
  • ‘Heritage and Sustainable Development’, by Ratish Nanda, Aga Khan Trust for Culture (Sunder Nursery/Nizamuddin Basti) 2020 Award of Excellence, 2020 Special Recognition for Sustainable Development/ 2021 Award of Excellence, 2021 Special Recognition for Sustainable Development (15 min)
  • 'Social Engagement and Innovation for Heritage', by Anna Yau, Heritage Specialist and Founder of Contemplate Culture Community (Lai Chi Wo Cultural Landscape) 2020 Special Recognition for Sustainable Development (15 min)
  • ‘Disaster risk management and heritage’, by Mohammad Hassan Talebian, Deputy for Cultural Heritage at Tourism and Handicraft (IMCHTH) Headquarters under Iran Ministry of Cultural Heritage (15 min) 

Break (10 min)

Panel discussion with World Heritage national focal points and winners (60 min)

  • Feng Jing, Chief of Culture Unit, UNESCO Bangkok
  • Guanghai Cui, Tsinghua Architectural Design and Research Institute
  • Ratish Nanda, Projects Director, Aga Khan Trust for Culture
  • Anna Yau, Heritage Specialist and Founder of Contemplate Culture Community
  • Mohammad Hassan Talebian, Deputy for Cultural Heritage at Tourism and Handicraft (IMCHTH) Headquarter under Iran Ministry of Cultural Heritage

For inquiries about the Awards: heritageawards(at)unesco.org

To learn more about the Awards programme:
https://bangkok.unesco.org/theme/asia-pacific-heritage-awards 

For media inquiries, please contact:
Gregory Galligan, International Consultant, Public Information and Outreach Team, UNESCO Bangkok: g.galligan(at)unesco.org