ICOMOS Hosts Side Event at Habitat 3 PrepCom2 In Nairobi

ICOMOS hosted an event at Habitat III PrepCom2 entitled “Culture and Heritage in the Post-2015 Agenda: The Road to Habitat III.” The event took place on Sunday, April 12 from 18h to 20h at the Dreamplace Bed and Breakfast, 75 United Nations Crescent, Gigiri, Nairobi 00621, Kenya. The ICOMOS representative at the event will be Mr. Jeff Soule, member of the ICOMOS International Committee on Historic Towns and Villages (CIVVIH) and ICOMOS representative to the World Urban Campaign. In addition to building partnerships, the meeting focused on three key topics:

-Inclusion of culture and heritage in the “New Urban Agenda” and update of the “City We Need” (http://mirror.unhabitat.org/downloads/docs/The%20City%20We%20Need.pdf);

-Revising the Bangalore Outcome Document of the Second Urban Sustainable Development Goal Campaign Consultation on Targets and Indicators in order to provide for a primary indicator for SDG Target 11.4 (and in this regard, please see the attached proposal of ICOMOS) (http://www.africancentreforcities.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Urban-SDG-CampaignBangalore-Outcome-Document-Goal-11-Targets-and-Indicators-Jan-27-20151.pdf); and

-Developing a shared plan for engaging in the elaboration of culture and heritage in the agenda for Habitat III, including the agenda for the Social Cohesion and Equity- Livable Cities Thematic Area and Sub-Theme D thereof, “Urban Culture and Heritage.”

Other attendees included Professor Eugenia Birch, World Urban Campaign; Ms. Catherine Cullen, Chair, Committee on Culture, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG); representatives of the Director-General of the National Museums of Kenya (NMK); Ms. Ana Moreno, Chief of Communications and Advocacy, UN Habitat; and Mr. Marc Patry, Programme Specialists, UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa.

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