World Heritage 40th Anniversary

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, spoke with a select group of Chicago architects, architectural historians and preservationists during her recent visit to the US. Restoration architect and Conservancy board member Gunny Harboe and Conservancy executive director Janet Halstead were part of a roundtable discussion with Bokova hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation on March 17. Harboe is also Vice President of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage.

In her remarks Bokova highlighted the 40th anniversary of the creation of UNESCO’s World Heritage program. She emphasized cultural heritage as a key factor in sustainability and economic development in both urban and traditional societies. The gathering also provided an opportunity to inform the high-level group about the Conservancy and its
World Heritage Wright nomination.

by Anne Evans. Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Foundation.

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