Fully Funded UNESCO World Heritage Young Professionals Forum

Fully Funded UNESCO World Heritage Young Professionals Forum

Applications are now open for the 2024 UNESCO World Heritage Young Professionals Forum. 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 twenty-first 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 familiarize 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.

Eligible Applicants

Participants of the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2024 are expected to be:

  • Aged between 23 and 32 years

  • Experienced in one of these fields: World Heritage, conservation, archaeology, architecture, conservation, urban planning & regeneration, restoration, art history, tourism, climate change, and digital technology

  • Motivated and committed to implementing the outcomes of the Forum in their respective countries

  • Committed to enhancing community engagement in the management of World Heritage properties

  • Available for the entire duration of the Forum

  • Proficient in English, as the Forum will be conducted entirely in English

    In addition to general eligibility, the following elements will also be considered in selecting the participants:

  • Balanced geographical representation

  • Gender equality

  • Diversity of professional backgrounds

  • Ability to disseminate gained experience in the country or institution of origin

  • Knowledge and experience in the management practices for World Heritage sites


    Travel and accommodation

  • The participants are expected to arrive on 14 July 2024 and depart on 23 July 2024. 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 organizers will also assist in the travel preparations and will provide support to the participants who need a visa.

  • If any participant wishes to extend his/her stay after 23 July 2024, all related costs will be covered by the participant. In such a case, the host country should be informed in advance, in order to make all the necessary arrangements.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Fully Funded UNESCO World Heritage Young Professionals Forum

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