Rome, Italy/25-27 May 2016 - International Symposium on

Palazzo Barberini
A challenge or a contribution to sustainability?

The Symposium is specifically focused on exploring ways for achieving a balanced approach between the preservation of cultural heritage and modernization processes. This can be made by sharing experiences and good practices among countries that showcase the contribution of ‘Culture’ to the three dimensions of sustainable development. The specific objectives are to:

-   Raise awareness amongst the international and local communities, including development agencies and the private sector, of the importance of protecting cultural heritage in the context of development initiatives, especially in post-conflict/least-development countries;

-   Share experiences and best practices for promoting the inclusion of cultural heritage protection in the planning phase of new development initiatives, as key contribution to Environmental Sustainability;

-   Identify current obstacles and opportunities for the integration of cultural heritage into development initiatives and institutional frameworks for managing sustainable development;

-   Improve management and governance tools to reduce risks to cultural heritage as a consequence of development initiatives;

-   Raise awareness within the participants that cultural heritage in all its dimensions can play a key role for the Inclusive Social and Economic Development of a country.

The Symposium will offer the opportunity to reflect on the following key themes:

-   Cultural heritage as a key enabler to inspire and create a sustainable future;

-   Cultural heritage as an asset to build resilience;

-   The evolution of the role of culture in the International Agenda with regard to Sustainable Development;

-   The need for mitigating possible threats to cultural heritage through preventive actions;

-   The benefits that may come from an integrated vision for sustainable regeneration processes;

-   The need for participatory and communities-based approaches for the long-term protection of cultural heritage;

-   Governance mechanisms and regulatory tools: the challenges of legal frameworks for achieving balanced results;

-   The proactive contribution of ‘Culture’ as a driver for social inclusion;

-   Empowering the role of ‘Culture’ as a key to job creation and poverty alleviation;

-   Sustainable tourism and creative economy: leverages for heritage-led regeneration;

-   Public-private synergies to preserve cultural heritage as an asset for connecting the past with the future.


-   The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UNGA, 2015);

-   The Policy Document for the Integration of a Sustainable Development Perspective into the Processes of the World Heritage Convention (UNESCO, 2015);

-   The Hangzou Declaration Culture for Sustainable Cities (Hangzhou, 2015);

-   The Florence Declaration Culture, Creativity and Sustainable Development. Research, Innovation, Opportunities (Florence, 2014);

-   The 4th UN Resolution on Culture and Sustainable Development (2014);

-   The Hangzhou Declaration Placing Culture at the Heart of Sustainable Development Policies (Hangzhou, 2013);

-   The Recommendations of the International Expert Meeting on Cultural Heritage and Disaster Resilient Communities (Tokyo, 2015).