UNESCO World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2017 (Fully Funded to Warsaw, Krakow Poland).

Application Deadline: 3 April 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 Heritage Youth 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.

Eligibility Requirements:

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 sites;
  • 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.


  • The organisers will be responsible for flight arrangements and will cover the
    participants’ transportation (economy class) as well as accommodation* costs
    (non-smoking rooms) during their stay in Poland (including visa fees, where
  • The attendance and active participation for the full duration of the event
    (arrival on 25 June, departure on 4 July 2017) is mandatory.
  • Participants should
    be committed to invest their time to prepare and offer a follow up activity to
    the Forum.
  • Each participant is required to make a 10-minute-long presentation
    of a case of tangible heritage reconstruction or rehabilitation in their respective
    country (in line with the theme of the Forum).

Application Procedure:

 Kindly note that the application form must be sent to your country’s National Commission for UNESCO.



For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UNESCO World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2017


  1. I am from a country that is not a member of the current world heritage committee but I am an accredited Archaeologist, do I qualify?


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