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Call for Applications: the 2013 Workshop of UNITAR Series on the Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites, 22-26 April 2013, Japan

The UNITAR Series, launched in 2003, has thus far comprised nine annual Workshops held in Hiroshima and one in-country Workshop in India. With over 300 Alumni to date the Workshops offer a set of innovative approaches to heritage conservation, including:

  • A values-based management approach examining the significance of the properties to be conserved;
  • The fusion of cultural and natural heritage management;
  • The recognition of both the tangible and intangible aspects of heritage values;
  • Focused analysis of specific areas of the nomination process.

In 2013, the UNITAR workshop series will focus on examining World Heritage Serial Nominations and the Vital Role of Comparative Analysis. The comparative analysis helps demonstrate there is scope in the World Heritage List for inclusion of a nominated property, and it is a vital part of understanding the potential Outstanding Universal Value of a property. Serial properties are an increasingly common form of nomination, and the comparative analysis in such cases presents additional challenges which must be addressed.


Monday 22 - Friday 26 April 2013, Hiroshima, Japan


  • Review the key elements of the World Heritage Regime, incorporating updates and current trends
  • Explain the principles of “Values-Based Heritage Management”
  • Examine World Heritage Serial Nominations and the Vital Role of Comparative Analysis, identifying best practices and lessons learned
  • Through reality-based practical exercises, extract key concepts and common issues for given sites
  • Enhance long-term peer learning and exchange among the participants.


1. Interactive Lectures: Lectures will be delivered by representatives of UNITAR, UNESCO, IUCN, and ICOMOS, and will include:

  • Principles and Objectives of the World Heritage Convention
  • The Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention
  • World Heritage Nomination and Evaluation Processes: From Tentative List to Committee’s Decision
  • Identifying and Defining Potential Outstanding Universal Value: The Importance Of Comparative Analysis 
  • Criteria for the Assessment of Outstanding Universal Value
  • Preparing a Comparative Analysis
  • The Nomination Format
  • Writing and Preparing the Nomination File

2. Study Tours:

Underscoring the theoretical introductions and analyses presented, Study Tours form an integral part of the training methodologies utilised by UNITAR. Visits will be made to the World Heritage Atomic Bomb Dome and its attendant museums, as well as to the World Heritage Itsukushima Shinto Shrine.

3. Practical Exercise:

Key to the facilitation of learning at the Workshop is a major Practical Exercise whereby participants work in small groups to analyse real world Case Studies and apply the theoretical and practical knowledge gained in the Workshop.


The USD 700 participation fee covers all accommodation, tuition, material, study-tour, breakfast and lunch costs for the duration of the programme (Monday 22 April – Friday 26 April).

  • Please note that all travel costs to and from Hiroshima are the responsibility of the participant and/or their organisation.


Interested individuals and organizations are required to complete an application form at the following address:

If you have any questions regarding the modalities of the workshop at any time, please contact Mr. Berin McKenzie, Specialist at UNITAR at