Global heritage experts to visit Sydney for ICOMOS in 2o20
Considered the world’s most important cultural heritage event, this will be the first time this event has been held in Australia.
Ian Travers, president of Australia ICOMOS, welcomed the strong federal and state government backing, which helped Australia’s bid succeed.
“The proposed General Assembly theme: ‘Shared Cultures – Shared Heritage – Shared Responsibility’ reflects both the global context of heritage as part of cultural identity at a time of rapid population shift and conflict, but also the important idea of shared stewardship, which is highly relevant to traditional owners of heritage places,” he said.
ICOMOS has over 10,000 members globally, including architects, historians, planners, archaeologists and others, who provide expert advice to the World Heritage Committee and national governments.
Delegates will visit iconic Australian heritage sites including the Sydney Opera House, Hyde Park Barracks and the Blue Mountains, which are being showcased on the world stage.
Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg welcomed news that Australia would host the symposium.
“This is great news, coming so soon after Australia secured a seat on the World Heritage Committee,” he said. “The Australian Government is working hard to improve conservation and access to places recognised for their heritage significance to Australia and the world. Hosting the General Assembly aligns with the Australian Government’s commitment to World Heritage and national leadership under the Australian Heritage Strategy.”
The 2020 Opening Ceremony will be held at the Sydney Opera House.