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32屆世界遺產委員會於72在歡慶開城400週年的魁北克市正式舉行開幕儀式。

胡隆-溫達特第一部族的大酋長馬克斯葛洛斯-路易斯首先為典禮舉行祈福儀式而揭開序幕,第32屆委員會主席克莉斯汀娜卡麥隆則特別以「加拿大原住民同胞所提醒的-我們並非從我們的先祖繼承,而是從我們的孩子手中借用這個地球。」致上歡迎詞。

聯合國教科文組織總幹事松浦晃一郎對於世界遺產委員會的召開,正好也是魁北克建城週年慶典舉辦的時間感到高興,魁北克自1985年起即已列入《世界遺產名錄》之中。他同時也肯定過去一年來為篩選列入《瀕危世界遺產清單》的遺產地所採取的一套全新監測體系,並強調聯合國教科文組織的角色是「在思維、經驗與相關推展步驟的真誠交流基礎上,促進專業分享,並在利益攸關者之間協助達成一致的意見。」

在開幕儀式中,聯合國教科文組織執行局主席歐拉比亞巴巴羅拉喬塞夫雅伊,以及聯合國教科文組織會員國大會主席喬治‧N‧阿那司塔梭波羅斯,都同時強調了遺產保護對於文化多樣性的未來發展與促進工作的重要性。

開幕式也邀請了魁北克省長吉恩查瑞斯特,以及魁北克市長瑞吉斯拉比奧米出席。共同出席主持開幕式的還有聯合國教科文組織的親善大使-約旦的費雅公主殿下。

加拿大聯合國教科文組織全國委員會秘書長大衛瓦頓,則推介了在第32屆委員會首次舉辦的「青年論壇」。這項論壇共聚集了30位青年-其中15位是加拿大籍,另15位來自全球各地-這些青年將會應邀造訪加拿大的世界遺產地,並且參與第32屆委員會的工作。

加拿大環境部長約翰拜德為開幕式所準備的獻詞,提到「我們在此地舉辦世界遺產委員會真是再合適不過了,與魁北克舊城近在咫尺,亦即在歡慶魁北克開城400週年慶典的中心位置。加拿大對於國境內擁有14處世界遺產地具有無比的自豪。這些具代表性的處所都象徵著加拿大所能做出的貢獻。而再明顯不過的事實是,我們擁有一個充滿優異的自然與文化寶藏的美麗家園。」

在獻詞中,部長又提及「聯合國教科文組織的世界遺產委員會身負一項無比重要的前瞻任務:讓更多的公眾能對世界遺產地加以關注和欣賞,並且激勵出更高的意願來保護世界遺產地。加拿大向來忠實履行這項遠景,同時本人對於能親見這麼多的專家齊聚在魁北克,並且讓我們能往前向共同目標邁進一大步感到欣喜。」

此次委員會將一直持續舉行到710日,委員會的21個會員國將對文化與自然遺產的提名申報能否登錄《世界遺產名錄》進行審議。委員會還將對30處名列《瀕危世界遺產清單》的世界遺產地的國家保護狀況進行審視,也可能將其它需要特別關注的世界遺產地新增到瀕危清單中。

直到目前為止,聯合國教科文組織1972年的《世界遺產公約》,已保護了851處具有「突出普遍價值」的遺產地,包括660處文化遺產、166處自然遺產與25處雙重遺產,涵蓋141個國家。

連同觀察員與媒體在內,共有超過800位出席者登記參與第32屆世界遺產委員會,聯合國教科文組織世界遺產中心主任佛蘭西斯科班達瑞恩,相當樂意於參與盛典的人數空前。他說這是對於最廣為接受的國際法定建制之一的《世界遺產公約》表示歡迎並力表支持的一個信號。

【資料來源:World Heritage Centre, http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/446.

 

32nd Session of World Heritage Committee opens in Quebec

Thursday, July 3, 2008

The 32nd session of the World Heritage Committee opened on July 2d with an official ceremony in Quebec City, which is celebrating its 400th anniversary.

Grand Chief Max Gros-Louis of the Huron-Wendat First Nation opened the ceremony with the performance of a purification ritual before Christina Cameron, Chairperson of the 32nd session, welcomed participants saying that “Canada’s indigenous peoples remind us that we do not inherit the land from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.”

The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, welcomed the fact that the session of the World Heritage Committee coincides with the anniversary celebration of Quebec City which has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1985. He welcomed the introduction over the past year of a new system of reinforced monitoring for selected sites inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger and emphasized UNESCO’s role “in facilitating professional exchanges and helping building consensus among stakeholders based on true exchange of ideas, experience and know-how.”

During the ceremony, the Chairman of UNESCO’s Executive Board, Olabiyi Babalola Joseph Yaï, and Georges N. Anastassopoulos, the President of the Organization’s General Conference, also emphasized the importance of heritage preservation for the future and for the promotion of cultural diversity.

The ceremony also featured welcome addresses by Jean Charest, Prime Minister of Quebec; and Regis Labeaume, Mayor of Quebec City. It was held in the presence of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Her Royal Highness, Princess Firyal of Jordan.

David Walden, Secretary-General of the Canadian National Commission for UNESCO, introduced the Youth Forum held for the first time on the occasion of the 32nd session. It brings together 30 young people - 15 Canadians and 15 others invited by Canada from all parts of the world – who visited the country’s World Heritage sites and who will be involved in the work of the 32nd session.

Canada’s Minister of the Environment John Baird prepared an address for the opening ceremony in which he said that “it is truly fitting that we hold the World Heritage Committee meetings here, just steps away from the Old Quebec World Heritage site, at the heart of festivities marking the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, […] Canada is proud to count 14 UNESCO World Heritage sites within our borders. These landmarks are just a sampling of what Canada has to offer. What is clear is that we truly have a beautiful country with remarkable natural and cultural treasures.”

In the same address, the Minister said that “UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has an extremely important task ahead: bringing greater public awareness and appreciation of Word Heritage Sites and inspiring a stronger will to preserve them. Canada fully adheres to this vision and I am delighted to see so many international specialists coming together in Québec to bring us closer to accomplishing our common goal.”

During the session, which will last until 10 July, the 21 members of the Committee will examine the nomination of cultural and natural sites submitted for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The Committee will also review the state of conservation of the 30 World Heritage sites inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger and may decide to add new sites to that list of properties whose preservation requires special attention.

To date, UNESCO’s 1972 Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage protects 851 properties of “outstanding universal value,” including 660 cultural, 166 natural and 25 mixed properties in 141 States Parties.

With more than 800 participants, including observers and media, registered to attend the 32nd session of the World Heritage Committee, Francesco Bandarin, Director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, welcomed the unprecedented number of people attending the event. He said it is a sign of the great support enjoyed by the World Heritage Convention, one of the most widely ratified international legal instruments.

Source : World Heritage Centre, http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/446.

 

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