Call for Applications: Fully-Funded UNESCO World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2023 in Saudi Arabia

Call for Applications: Fully-Funded UNESCO World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2023 in Saudi Arabia

As an integral part of the extended 45th session of the World Heritage Committee, and in the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, the Ministry of Culture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the National Committee for Education, Culture and Science and the Saudi Heritage Commission will be hosting the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2023 under the theme of “Looking Ahead: The Next 50 Years of Protecting Natural and Cultural Heritage” from 3 to 12 September 2023 in Riyadh and the Al-Ahsa Oasis.

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Call for Applications: Fully-Funded UNESCO World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2023 in Saudi Arabia

The Forum will be developed and implemented with the support of the NGO Diadrasis.  The Forum is an opportunity to understand and assess the achievements of the past 5 decades of the World Heritage Convention; to highlight the crucial role of youth in the heritage ecosystem; and to pave the way for the next generation of heritage professionals, giving voice to their unique approaches to heritage management. The Forum will harness the potential of capacity building and prepare the young professionals in creating a sustainable future for our cultural and natural heritage.  At the end of the Forum, the outcomes produced by the participants will be presented to the extended 45th session of the World Heritage Committee in the form of a Youth Declaration.

Provisional Programme

With the view to supplement the theoretical knowledge gained by the participants during the Forum with practical hands-on experiences at World Heritage properties, the Forum will be held partly in Riyadh, the host city of the extended 45th session of the World Heritage Committee, and partly at the World Heritage site, Al-Ahsa Oasis, an Evolving Cultural Landscape. In addition, the participants will also have the opportunity to visit the World Heritage site, the At-Turaif District in ad-Dir’iyah, during the Forum. An initial outline of the Forum’s programme is available below. Updates on the programme as well as the final programme will be uploaded on the Forum webpage, in due course.

  • 2 September 2023: Arrival Day
  • 3 September 2023: Opening of the Forum and Introductions
  • 4 – 8 September 2023: Thematic discussions and site visit to the Al-Ahsa Oasis
  • 9 September 2023: Youth Model and Committee Meeting Simulation
  • 10 September 2023: Drafting of the Youth Declaration
  • 11 September 2023: Presentation of the Forum outcomes to the Extended 45th session of the World Heritage Committee
  • 12 September 2023: Interaction with the participants of the Site Managers’ Forum and the closing of the Forum

Application Form

Please note that the application form must be completed only in English. Applications submitted in other languages will not be considered. In addition to education and background information, candidates are also required to submit their CV and a copy of their passport size photo. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application and Selection Procedure

30 participants will be selected for the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2023 through the process of an open call.

Eligible Applicants

Participants of the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2023 are expected to be:

  • Aged between 23 and 32 years.
  • Experienced in one of these fields: World Heritage, conservation, archaeology, architecture, conservation, urban planning & regeneration, restoration, art history, tourism, climate change, and digital technology.
  • Motivated and committed to implementing the outcomes of the Forum in their respective countries.
  • Committed to enhancing community engagement in the management of World Heritage properties.
  • Available for the entire duration of the Forum.
  • Proficient in English, as the Forum will be conducted entirely in English.

In addition to general eligibility, the following elements will also be considered in selecting the participants:

  • Balanced geographical representation.
  • Gender equality.
  • Diversity of professional backgrounds.
  • Ability to disseminate gained experience in the country or institution of origin.
  • Knowledge and experience in the management practices for World Heritage sites.

All interested candidates who wish to apply for participation in the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum should fill in and submit the online application form.

Travel and accommodation Information

The participants are expected to arrive on 2nd September 2023 and depart on 13th September 2023. All related expenses (economy class flights, accommodation, local transportation, and meals) will be covered by the host country for the duration of the Forum. The organizers will also assist in the travel preparations and will provide support to the participants who need a visa.

If any participant wishes to extend his/her stay after 13th September 2023, all related costs will be covered by the participant. In such a case, the host country should be informed in advance, in order to make all the necessary arrangements.

Application Deadline: 4 June 2023

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