New Delhi, Dec 11: ICOMOS,(International Council for Monuments and Sites) the global pioneers and front runners in promoting and enhancing professionalism in conservation, management, planning and development of India’s diverse heritage is geared to organize the first ever ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium 2017 in Delhi. Themed “Heritage and Democracy”,a highly relevant, vibrant and much needed platform will have participation from over 1,000 delegates across 68countries around the world. The event is aimed at providing a much needed opportunity to promote international co-operation and strengthen understanding thereby creating a robust ecosystem in the field of HeritageConservation. The event is supported / backed by Ministry of Housing &Urban Affairs and Ministry of Culture , Government of India, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar and Odisha Tourism and key players in this sector.
Eminent global and national speakers such as Ede Yildirim, GaminiWijesuria, SudhaGopalakrishnan, Tim Badman, LailaTyabji, Shiv Visvanathanfrom the region, India and across the world would be sharing critical insights, case studies and processes in heritage recognition, conservation and management. Renowned heritage professionals and enthusiasts such as archaeologists, architects, urban planners, engineers, curators, building conservation professionals, art historians from diverse cultural backgroundswill be present to share, exchange and brainstorm relevant topicsin the four subthemes of Integrating Heritage and Sustainable Urban Development by Engaging Diverse Communities ; Role of Cultural Heritage in Building Peace and Reconciliation;Protecting and Interpreting Cultural Heritage in the Age of Digital Empowerment; Culture- Nature Journey, exploring the Complexities of Human Relationships with Natural and Cultural Places under the overarching theme of ‘Heritage and Democracy’.