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Communication of Heritage: A New Vision of Southeastern Europe

Paper Presented at the Regional Summit Forum
31 May - 2 June 2006, Opatija, Croatia

UNESCO (BRESCE) and the Culturelink Research Team have prepared a paper on Communication of Heritage: A New Vision of Southeastern Europe (PDF document, 118 kB), presented at the Regional Summit Forum held in Opatija, Croatia on 31 May - 2 June 2006. Organized by the Croatian President, Stjepan Mesić, and UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, in cooperation with Terry Davis, Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, the Summit brought together about 100 international experts and political leaders from the region, highlighting the role of communication in the field of cultural heritage.

At the end of this fourth regional meeting of Heads of States and leaders from Southeastern Europe under the aegis of UNESCO, established as a result of the recognition of the need for enhanced international cooperation in this region as being essential for the reconstruction of educational, scientific, cultural and communicational structures, the joint Opatija Declaration on Communication of Heritage (PDF document, 298 kB) was adopted. The Declaration outlines a set of eleven principles for future cooperation in promoting cultural diversity as a defining factor in South-East Europe. It also welcomes the Varna Declaration, inviting Ministers of Culture to adopt its Strategy and agree upon a related Action Plan on the cultural corridors of South-East Europe.

The Heads of State also approved the Strategy on Cultural Corridors of South East Europe, an initiative launched at the Varna Summit (Bulgaria, 2005), which should give rise to shared actions linked to tangible and intangible heritage and reinforce the sense of the shared heritage in the region.

The next regional forum will be held in Romania, followed by Greece in 2008 and Montenegro in 2009.

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