The Québec City Declaration (1991)

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Preface: The Québec City Declaration was adopted by the First International Symposium of World Heritage Cities, UNESCO, 30 June – 4 July, 1991.

Prior to the foundation of the OWHC in 1993, the representatives of the 41 cities that participated in the First International Symposium of World Heritage Cities adopted the Québec City Declaration on July 14, 1991. With the cooperation of the Governments of Québec and Canada and under the auspices of UNESCO, Québec City is the site of the First International Symposium of World Heritage Cities from June 30 to July 4, 1991. At the conclusion of this meeting, the delegates from the 41 participating cities adopt the Québec City Declaration in which the desire to set up a network of World Heritage Cities was stated. A Provisional Executive Committee of nine mayors is created to take action.

The Québec City Declaration links management and conservation as a means to safeguard historic towns. The Declaration announces the intention of establishing a network of world heritage towns to support the implementation of the World Heritage Convention and improve cooperation and exchange of information between historic cities. The network is specifically charged with:

  • gathering and disseminating information on management,
  • updating and distributing a management guide for historic cities,
  • promoting research related to historical urban areas,
  • providing support for historic cities that organize symposia such as the Québec City event, and
  • furnishing information that will be of use to historic towns.
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Declaration

Date

1991

Promulgation

The First International Symposium of World Heritage Cities, UNESCO, 30 June – 4 July, 1991.

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  • The Declaration links management and conservation as a means to safeguard historic towns, and announces the intention of establishing a network of world heritage towns to support the implementation of the World Heritage Convention and improve cooperation and exchange of information between historic cities.
  • The network is specifically charged with: gathering and disseminating information on management, updating and distributing a management guide for historic cities, promoting research related to historical urban areas, providing support for historic cities that organize symposia such as the Québec City event, and furnishing information that will be of use to historic towns.

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http://www.international.icomos.org/publications/93towns7v.pdf

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I received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in 1996, 2003, and 2006, respectively, from China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China; Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, China; and Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, China. From 1996 to 2006, I worked at the School of Computer Science and Technology, Huaibei Normal University, Huaibei, China, as a Lecturer and an Associate Professor. From January 2007 to August 2013, I worked at Wenzhou University, Wenzhou, China. I am currently a Professor at the Zhejiang University of Media and Communications, Hangzhou, China. I am the coauthor of more than 80 articles, which mostly were published in peer-reviewed journals.

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