The UNESCO Chair Forum University and Heritage, created in 2013, brings together the experience in the management of the International Network Forum UNESCO – University and Heritage (FUUH), which emerged in 1995 through the signing of an agreement between UNESCO and the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), with the aim of involving teachers, researchers, students and professionals from around the world in carrying out activities in favour of the protection and safeguarding of Cultural and Natural Heritage, in line with the ideals of UNESCO.
Within the framework of the FUUH Network, numerous workshops, exhibitions, publications, courses and projects have been carried out, especially the international congresses with the participation of heritage specialists from all over the world and the commitment of universities through agreements or institutional agreements.
The UNESCO Chair Forum University and Heritage expresses the commitment of the UPV to continue contributing to the preservation and enhancement of heritage through cooperation between universities and promoting the growth and exchange of knowledge in the FUUH Network, coordinated in collaboration with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC). The network currently has more than 3,000 members from 130 countries.
In addition, UNESCO’s 5 key functions are represented in this Chair through its activities:
Laboratory of Ideas
In this context, the scope and objectives of the UNESCO Chair favour:
Foster cooperation in higher education, the sciences, culture, communication and information in line with UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategy 2014-2021, and Culture for Sustainable Development in particular with the following strategic objectives:
5: Promote international scientific cooperation on critical issues for sustainable development.
6: To support inclusive social development, foster intercultural dialogue for the rapprochement of cultures and promote ethical principles.
7: Protect, promote and transmit heritage.
8: Encourage creativity and diversity of cultural expressions.
9: Promote freedom of expression, media development and access to information and knowledge.
The protection of heritage, considering its diversity (natural and cultural, movable and immovable, tangible and intangible), taking into account its diverse forms and its threefold function: identity, vector of development and instrument of reconciliation.
The dissemination and implementation of international conventions relating to the protection of cultural property (1954, 1970, 1972 and 2001) and to intangible heritage (2003), notably reinforcing UNESCO’s strategic objective of “Protecting and enhancing cultural heritage in a sustainable manner”.