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MSR International Cultural Forum held in Macao

BY :丝路云帆

UPDATED :November 25, 2022


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Jointly presented by the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) Government and the National Cultural Heritage Administration of China, organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government, the China Academy of Cultural Heritage, the Guangzhou Secretariat of City Alliance for Maritime Silk Road Heritage Conservation and World Heritage Nomination, and ICOMOS China, the Maritime Silk Road International Cultural Forum was launched on November 16 in Macao, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.

Lazare Eloundou Assomo, UNESCO's Director of World Heritage, and Ao Ieong U, secretary for social affairs and culture of the Macao SAR government delivered speeches at the opening session of the event. Guan Qiang, deputy director of the National Cultural Heritage Administration of China, delivered a keynote report titled World Cultural Heritage in China, summarizing China's achievements on the nomination, protection and management of world cultural heritages since 1985, when the country acceded to the convention. He also showed expectations on the recent nomination projects for the UNESCO heritage list, including the Maritime Silk Road Heritage. Drs. H. Imron M.Ag, the Regent of Cirebon in Indonesia, attended the opening ceremony online and delivered a speech.

Over 20 experts and scholars from home and abroad were invited to the forum to deliver keynote speeches on November 16. Several experts and scholars, including the Vice President of the China Academy of Cultural Heritage, Li Li, the Senior World Heritage Advisor of ICOMOS, Susan Denyer, the Professor of Shandong University, Jiang Bo, and the Programme Specialist and Chief of Culture Unit of the UNESCO Cluster in Beijing, Duong Bich Hanh, exchanged views on various topics, such as: "Conservation and sustainable development of the cultural heritage of the Maritime Silk Road", "Historical and archaeological research of the Maritime Silk Road and its definition in the scope of space and time", and "International exchange and cooperation on the conservation and management of the cultural heritage of the Maritime Silk Road". 

Sources: National Cultural Heritage Administration of China, Macao SAR Government, Xinhua
Author: Annie
Editor: Pauline