Deadline: April 3, 2017 | Apply here
Dates: June 25 – July 4, 2017
Eligibility: Young representatives, aged from 22 to 32, from 35 eligible countries (see list below).
Location: Cracow, Poland

UNESCO World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2017

Prior to the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee and in the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, the Polish National Commission for UNESCO and the International Cultural Centre in Krakow are proud to hold the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2017 “Memory: Lost and Recovered Heritage” from the 25 June to 4 July 2017, in Warsaw, Krakow (Poland).

Young representatives, aged from 22 to 32, from 35 countries, will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, contribute to the discussions and immerse themselves in topics within the scope of lost and recovered heritage.


The Forum seeks to deepen youth knowledge and understanding the importance of:

  • the implementation of the World Heritage Convention
  • the working methods of the World Heritage Committee
  • the challenges and opportunities of the protection, conservation and restoration of selected World Heritage sites carrying associative values

Programme details

Scheduled activities include:

  • visits to World Heritage sites including Wieliczka, Warsaw and Krakow with international heritage experts
  • workshops on different aspects emerging from the sites
  • practical hands-on activities revolving around the restoration of the Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow
  • experts and young representatives’ presentations
  • participation in discussions on the state of conservation and restoration of properties and practicing the Youth Model simulation
  • Elaboration of a declaration which the participants will present to the Committee at the Opening Ceremony of the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee and participation in the first plenary day, 3 July 2017


The Polish National Commission for UNESCO and the International Cultural Centre in Krakow are pleased to invite young people interested in issues related to World Heritage who are:

  • Aged from 22 to 32 years old
  • Fluent in English

please note that no interpretation will be provided; English will be the only language used throughout the Forum

  • Citizens of one of the 21 Member States of the current World Heritage Committee

Angola, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Croatia, Cuba, Finland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, the Republic of Korea, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Republic of Tanzania, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, as well as of Belarus, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Lithuania, Mali, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Syria, and Ukraine

  • Graduates from / involved in heritage-related fields such as:

architecture, urban planning, constructional engineering, archaeology, sociology, cultural heritage, anthropology, ethnology, ethnography, economy, history, art history, communication, law, tourism, natural and cultural heritage, geography, international relations

  • Researchers, activists, young professionals in NGOs, associations, cultural and natural heritage organizations, museums, heritage site
  • Experience in the field of heritage, in particular in the area of heritage conservation and restoration, would be an asset
  • Motivated, committed to bring in their own expertise, active individuals interested in implementing the outcomes of the Forum in their respective countries.

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