ICHEI Attended Chinese UNESCO Category 2 Centres 2018 Annual MeetingFebruary 5, 2018
On January 29, 2018, the Chinese UNESCO Category 2 Centres 2018 Annual Meeting was held in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. This year’s annual meeting was jointly organized by UNESCO World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region (WHITR-AP) and the Protection and Administration Committee of Lili Ancient Town. Representatives from 13 Chinese UNESCO Category 2 Centres and Institutes were present. Professor LI Ming, Director of ICHEI, and Dr. HAN Wei, Deputy Director of ICHEI, attended the meeting.
The annual meeting was hosted by Mr. HONG Tianhua，Secretary-General of the International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST). Representatives of each centre and institute held in-depth discussions on how to better the operational mechanism of Chinese UNESCO Category 2 Centres and Institutes, how to promote coordinated development among Chinese UNESCO Category 2 Centres and Institutes, etc. In the experience sharing session, representatives shared with each other their respective work and the challenges they were facing. On behalf of ICHEI, Dr. HAN Wei introduced ICHEI’s work since its establishment in 2016, the experience ICHEI has gained and the challenges ICHEI is now facing. In the free discussion session, participants were actively engaged in discussing how to innovate and establish new ways to cooperate with one another and bring about the synergistic effect for all UNESCO Category 2 Centres and Institutes.
In closing, participants discussed together and adopted the resolution of this year’s annual meeting, which includes holding the meeting annually, setting up three deputy secretaries in the fields of education, science, and culture, and promoting inter-centre communication and information-sharing.
UNESCO Category 2 Centres and Institutes are professional institutions approved by the General Conference of UNESCO and established in UNESCO Member States with local support in legal and financial matters. As of this year’s annual meeting, there are altogether 14 centres and institutes in China, 3 in the field of education, 9 in science, and 2 in culture.