The much anticipated first leg of the 10th anniversary celebrations will be an African World Heritage Regional Youth Forum hosted by the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) in partnership with the South African Government and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
The discussions of the forum will deliver essential feedback to UNESCO, the World Heritage Committee and the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) on youth challenges, accomplishments and actions related to the implementation of the World Heritage Convention in the region.
The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of UNESCO and the African Union (AU) which was launched on 5th May 2006 at Sterkfontein in South Africa to support the effective conservation and protection of natural and cultural heritage of Outstanding Universal Value in Africa.
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the African World Heritage Fund will host a two week-long programme entailing amongst others, lectures, presentations from experts and heritage specialists as well as group discussions and workshops including the Youth Forum.
During the African Union (AU) Heads of State luncheon at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UNESCO joined hands with the African Union Commission (AUC) to raise awareness and funds for the African World Heritage Fund
(AWHF), on January 13, Friday, 2014.