My current research and 2013 book have demonstrated that the World Heritage Convention promoted unsustainable approaches to heritage management. This UNESCO project aims to remedy these issues through the adoption of a policy which would put sustainable development principles at the heart of the implementation of this convention.
At the request of UNESCO, I drafted the first policy on Gender Equality and World Heritage, presented in October 2014. This is part of a wider project on the Proposal for a Policy on the Integration of Sustainable Development into the processes of the World Heritage Convention .
To prepare this policy, I used the data analysed in my 2013 book (Chapter 4).
UNESCO has just published a report on Gender Equality, Heritage and Creativity, which cites this book (2014, 38).
I was one of 5 external experts invited to provide background notes for discussion at the UNESCO International Congress « Culture: Key to Sustainable Development » (Hangzhou, China, 15-17 May). I wrote a contribution on ‘Culture, A Driver and an Enable of Social Cohesion’ to guide participants’ discussions and made proposals for the wording of ‘The Hangzhou Declaration: Placing Culture at the Heart of Sustainable Development Policies’:
From November 2012 to January 2013, I was invited by the EU to take part in the reflections, events and the international conference: ‘Towards a New Strategy for Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean’, organised for the closure of the EUROMED Heritage programme.
I was one of 6 experts invited to give a keynote speech at this conference and presented the results and case studies on heritage regeneration from my 2011 book Evaluating the socio-economic Impacts of Selected Regenerated Heritage Sites in Europe:
The World Bank also invited me, in 2012, to use my 2011 book to assist the governments of India and Bhutan in protecting better their heritage and use it for regeneration. The output of this project was a World Bank Guidance Note (unpublished) I co-wrote with Eduardo Rojas, entitled ‘Heritage Management and Development for Social Inclusion and Economic Development’.
From 2004 to 2012, I occupied different functions at UNESCO, in the Secretariat of the 1972 World Heritage Convention and the 2003 Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention. I also participated in the strategic planning and drafting of the 2009 UNESCO World Report on Cultural Diversity. In addition, I was the Associate Editor of the International Social Science Journal, published by UNESCO, from 2008 to 2012.