World Heritage Youth Forum Opened in Siem Reap Province

image004The World Heritage Youth Forum, Cambodia 2013 was opened in Siem Reap on June 9, aiming at image005raising awareness among youth of their roles in conservation and protection of national and world heritage.

The opening ceremony was held in the presence of President of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia H.E. Hun Many and UNESCO Representative to Cambodia Ms. Anne Lemaistre with youth representatives from 20 countries in attendance.

Young representatives (aged 18-20 years) are motivated and invited to participate in the Youth Forum to learn more about World Heritage, its conservation and protection.

The one-week event, to be held for five days in Siem Reap city and two days in Phnom Penh under the theme “Living Heritage: Temple, Environment, and People (TEP)”, was organized by the Working Group of Youth Forum and Youth Volunteers for the 37th Session of the World Heritage Committee, in collaboration with the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia, Cambodian National Commission for UNESCO and Apsara Authority.

It is a good opportunity for the youth participants to present their own national heritage to the forum and discuss with experts as well as visit various sites at Angkor Archaeological Park, a world heritage site in Cambodia.

The event was held in conjunction with the 37th Session of the World Heritage Committee to be hosted and chaired by Cambodia in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap province from June 16-27.

The participating countries include Algeria, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.

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