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World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2024 (India)

Red brick old building showing a castle gate with an Indian flag on the top.
© ASI | Janhwij Sharma, ADG, ASI

As an integral part of the 46th session of the World Heritage Committee and in the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, the Ministry of Culture through the Archaeological Survey of India, will host the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2024 under the theme of ‘World Heritage in the 21st Century: Building Capacities and Exploring Opportunities for Youth’ from 14 to 23 July 2024 in Delhi, Republic of India.

The Forum will enhance the expertise and capacities of young professionals in protecting, preserving, and promoting our natural and cultural World Heritage. As key actors within their local communities, they will jointly explore opportunities to operationalise the World Heritage Convention in the 21st century. They will discuss and gain in-depth knowledge of the global concepts of World Heritage and Sustainable Development while also having the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the local Indian heritage and its management. At the end of the Forum, the young professionals will present their Declaration to the 46th session of the World Heritage Committee.

The Forum will be held at Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh in India. In addition, the participants will also have the opportunity to visit the World Heritage sites in Delhi – Qutb Minar and its monuments, Red Fort Complex, and Humayun’s Tomb – during the Forum.

A total of 30 participants from all over the world and 20 participants from the Republic of India will be selected.

Participants of the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2024 are expected to be aged between 23 and 32 years and experienced in one of these fields: World Heritage, conservation, archaeology, architecture, conservation, urban planning and regeneration, restoration, art history, tourism, climate change, and digital technology.

All related expenses (economy class flights, accommodation, local transportation, and meals) will be covered by the host country for the duration of the Forum. The organisers will also assist in the travel preparations and will provide support to the participants who need a visa.


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