Press release

National authorities from Mexico and Central America and the Caribbean meet in Havana to discuss a common strategy for World Heritage Tentative Lists

The current challenges and opportunities related to countries’ Tentative Lists for World Heritage sites will be the main working theme for the national focal points of cultural and natural heritage in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America during an international workshop to be held in Havana, Cuba from 5 to 7 November 2019.

The workshop will address how States Parties to the 1972 World Heritage Convention can improve their use of the Tentative Lists as an instrument of reference not only for improving potential nominations to the World Heritage List, but also for national and regional planning, and protection of cultural and natural World Heritage. Over three days, the workshop participants will work to define an effective approach to updating their national Tentative Lists, as well as identify potentialities for future collaboration, taking into account the gaps and potentials for World Heritage in the region.

Based on the regional and sub-regional Action Plans for World Heritage, the Regional Institute for World Heritage in Zacatecas, a Category 2 Centre under the auspices of UNESCO, is organizing this important workshop as part of their capacity-building programme. The workshop is co-organized with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, in collaboration with the three Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Convention (ICOMOS, IUCN and ICCROM) and with the support from the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean and the National Council of Cultural Heritage of Cuba.