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Posted: Saturday 20 December, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Caribbean Action Plan for UNESCO World Heritage confirmed at Regional Meeting

By: NATCOM (SKN), Press Release

    NATCOM (SKN) - Basseterre: December 15, 2014: The way forward for the Caribbean in terms of its World Heritage offerings was formalized at a recently held meeting between regional stakeholders.


    The meeting was jointly organized by the World Heritage Centre, UNESCO Offices in Havana and Kingston, and in cooperation with the UNESCO Office in Port au Prince, Haiti, with the financial support of the Netherlands Funds-in-Trust at the World Heritage Centre. 

    Secretary General of the National Commission for UNESCO, Antonio Maynard who is World Heritage Focal Point and state party representative, attended the meeting on behalf of the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis.

    Facets of the Caribbean Action Plan and its Capacity Building Programme 2014 – 2024 (CCBP), were discussed at length bringing to the fore, issues surrounding the significance of the Caribbean in World Heritage matters and the responsibility of stakeholders to organize and mobilize activities in this regard.

    The main objective was to develop and approve a Sub-regional Action Plan for the Caribbean (2014-2019), based on the Regional Action Plan for Latin America and the Caribbean, approved by States Parties in Brasilia in May 2014 and by the World Heritage Committee in Doha in June 2014. 

    Participants also sought to approve the follow-up action to the second phase of the Caribbean Capacity Building Programme, as part of the Action Plan to strengthen professional capacities at the sub-regional level for better implementation of the 1972 Convention on the Protection of World Heritage. 

    Among topics discussed were: Protection and Conservation; Climate Change Impacts and Risk Management; Community Participation; Sustainable Tourism; Capacity Building; Nominations and Tentative Lists; Work; as well as Alliances and Networking. 

    Participants included Focal Points for World Heritage from States Parties, Advisory Bodies (ICOMOS-ICCROM-IUCN), Universities, and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and UNESCO Offices in Havana, Kingston and Port-au-Prince.

    Representatives of the States Parties are now expected to transmit the approved Caribbean Action Plan to their governments for its implementation and integration in national policies. As such, the confirmed action plan document will be circulated later this month to all state parties and relevant stakeholders.

    Among countries represented were Anguilla, Grenada, Belize, Bahamas, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Martin, The British Virgin Islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, and Cuba.


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