The Beijing Consensus (2000)

UNESCO, The World Bank, The State Administration of Cultural Heritage and the Ministry of Construction of the People’s Republic of China convened an international conference on “Cultural Heritage Management and Urban Development: Challenge and Opportunity” in Beijing from July 5 to July 7, 2000.

Preface: The Beijing consensus was adopted by  the conference on “Cultural heritage management and urban development: challenge and opportunity”, Beijing, 5-7 July, 2000.

The conference delegates from all over the world have reached a consensus on the following issues:

  • In light of the great significance of historical cultural heritage in modern urban development;
  • In light of how the protection of the world’s cultural heritage promotes mutual understanding between the people’s of the world, and is conducive to the cause of world peace;
  • In light of how at present the protection of cultural heritage is impacted by urban development;
  • And in light of how the fundamental interests of both protecting cultural heritage and of urban development are converging and becoming basic goals in urban development planning.

To properly preserve the cultural heritage of cities and face up to challenges from various directions, appropriate protective measures must be taken.

First, a complete set of laws and regulations on protection must be drawn up. Regardless of whether we are talking about international organizations, individual countries or even localities, the establishment of a more complete, full and specific set of laws and regulations is a prerequisite for the protection of cultural heritage.

Secondly, there must be a master plan for the protection of cultural heritage which meshes with urban development and which is grounded in reality, and urban development projects must be implemented strictly in accordance with this plan.

Thirdly, urban mayors and relevant government agencies must have the long-term perspective and boldness to take seriously the protection of cultural heritage, and the general populace, particularly urban residents, must fully recognize that they should have a sense of mission and responsibility to protect their cities’ cultural heritage, so that such protection becomes the responsibility and duty of every citizen.

For a long time, the news media has been a positive force for the protection of cultural heritage. We hope that more social forces join in the work of such protection and generate ever stronger public opinion.

Category
Consensus
Date

2000

Promulgation

The conference on Cultural heritage management and urban development: challenge and opportunity, Beijing, 5-7 July, 2000.

Descriptions

  • It reaches a consensus on the priority issues: establishment of a more complete, full and specific set of laws and regulations is a prerequisite for the protection of cultural heritage.
  • It identifies a master plan for the protection of cultural heritage which meshes with urban development and which is grounded in reality, and urban development projects must be implemented strictly in accordance with this plan.
  • It underlines that the general populace, particularly urban residents, must fully recognize that they should have a sense of mission and responsibility to protect their cities’ cultural heritage.
  • It calls on more social forces, like news media as a positive force, join in the work of such protection and generate ever stronger public opinion.

Source

http://www.economia.uniroma2.it/Public/YICGG/file/readinglist/11/11_China_UNESCO_World%20Bank_cul%C3%B2ture.pdf

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References

Intellectual Property

National People's Congress

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