Panel Discussion “Heritage of Humanity and European Cultural Heritage. Finding Common Grounds.”

 Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, Ausstellungseröffnung Bernard Larsson Leaving is Entering Berlin Photographs 1961–1968
Summit 2018: event

21/06/2018, 10:00 – 14:00

Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission

Stiftung Brandenburger Tor
Pariser Platz 7
10117 Berlin

The European Year of Cultural Heritage emphasizes the role of heritage as a resource for a common future of Europe in a world with ever more interconnected and at the same time increasingly fragmented societies. Also within Europe, tensions are growing between national narratives and our common European narrative.

Europe is searching for common grounds. The UNESCO conventions and programmes are based on a holisitc understanding of heritage. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has successfully established the concept of heritage of humanity in its cultural and natural dimensions since the establishment of the organization after World War II. Beyond its national references, heritage has a global significance with a shared global responsibility. Heritage is about overcoming the assumption that natural and cultural heritage belong to one exclusive level of identification. Heritage of humanity in the sense of UNESCO promotes multiple identifications and supports inclusive democratic models.

Against the background of increasing authoritarian tendencies in Europe and the associated dangers of instrumentalizing (cultural) heritage, the panel discussion will address the opportunities and challenges of the heritage concept of UNESCO. Emphasis will be put on its potential to strengthening a common understanding of cultural diversity, transnational heritage, the interaction between culture and nature as well as our shared responsibility for democracy, inclusion and cohesion in Europe in all its diversity.

The panel discussion will be organized by the German Commission for UNESCO in cooperation with the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor.

The conference languages are German and English.

Registration is required.



Keynote and Panel Discussion

“Heritage of Humanity: Experiences by UNESCO, Opportunities for Europe”


Keynote and Panel Discussion

“Heritage and Diversity in Europe: Challenges and Future Perspectives”




Picture: Elke Jung-Wolff © Stiftung Brandenburger Tor

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