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Cultural Heritage Protection, Development and Diplomacy: International Approaches


This Wilton Park virtual dialogue seeks to support global consensus building in recognising the intersectoral role that protecting and promoting cultural heritage has to play in supporting development and diplomacy. It will convene a range of experts to discuss the importance of cultural heritage for development, growth and diplomacy and encourage practical ways in which to catalyse partnerships, generate innovation and stimulate intersectoral global approaches.

Overall Aims:

  • To convene and facilitate iterative discussions between international stakeholders from across different sectors and across thematic areas to:
  • Stimulate new questions, generate creative approaches and identify learning, programming opportunities and new funding models for the future in line with the SDGs and new priorities;
  • Generate an evidence base for what works and what doesn’t;
  • Stimulate discussions on how best to mobilise cultural heritage for development and diplomacy, learning from a cultural relations approach;
  • Emphasis the necessity for networks and collaborations – between States and across sectors, using this dialogue as a starting point to build fresh co-operation;
  • Cultural diplomacy – exploration of the role of culture and heritage and channels by which state and non-state actors can enhance protection efforts locally, regionally and nationally.

  • Discuss how the international community can best leverage cultural heritage as a vital, intersectoral tool through which to address key challenges;
  • Increase understanding of the importance of cultural heritage protection across a range of thematic and geographical settings, identify successes and challenges in programme and policy delivery
  • Explore ways in which States are funding and developing cultural heritage protection programmes, with open exchange of ideas and identification of mutual areas for cooperation and learning;
  • Share lessons learned and identify mutual areas of cooperation with States and multilateral organisations.

    In partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FDCO)

Wilton Park reference number: WP1877V1

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