Between 31st May and 04th June 2016 UNESCO and the government of the Republic of Tanzania (via Ngorongoro world heritage site) hosted an international conference that discussed the link between African world heritage and the framework of sustainable development.
The conference resulted in an adopted declaration that African countries in particular will do well to familiarise themselves with, as well as immediately get into the work of finding ways to actually operationalise aspirations reflected in the declaration document.
One of the challenges of applying SD into the management of cultural heritage in general and in all parts of the world is the failure by practitioners to dig deeper and become more specific on what the indicators for cultural and heritage resources monitoring are. Until this becomes the main focus, it is likely that reference to the linkage between SD and cultural heritage will only scratch the surface or become a mention that is only passive and difficult to implement. So colleagues, let us get our hands dirty on the specifics.
Below follows a link to the Ngorongoro Declaration on African World Heritage and Sustainable Development: