1-5 March 2024, Penang, Malaysia CALL FOR SPEAKERS


World Heritage Site Managers are the frontliners of the UNESCO 1972 Convention with responsibilities to conserve, protect and safeguard the Outstanding Universal Values of respective World Heritage Sites. Yet, the roles, responsibilities and challenges faced by these individuals and entities have received limited recognition from international organisations, state parties and local communities.

“We Are Site Managers” International Symposium aims to promote the understanding of the functions, challenges and needs of Site Managers. Leading Site Managers from around the world will be invited to George Town, Malaysia to discuss, debate and deliver their experiences in the field, and thus contribute to achieving the following objectives:

  1. To identify and define the roles, commitments and contributions of Site Managers for the UNESCO World Heritage System.
  2. To achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by engaging in an inclusive and meaningful community-based approach in the World Heritage Site Management through the “George Town Declaration”
  3. To facilitate opportunities for sharing of thought-provoking initiatives in all aspects of Site Managers’ activities, including conservation, communication, development, education, best practices, innovative approaches, largest threats, and other day-to-day activities.
  4. To share the Site Managers’ day-to-day needs, experiences, challenges, and opportunities with peers and stakeholders, thus creating international awareness and recognition of the function of Site Managers as the frontliners in World Heritage Site safeguarding and conservation. These experiences shall be incorporated and integrated as early as possible when key decision makers, including the World Heritage Centre of its advisory bodies, prepare capacity building courses, world heritage management guidelines or handbooks, or projects.
  5. To encourage dialogues between Site Managers with the international and national stakeholders on the perceptions and receptions of Site Managers in World Heritage Site Management, with the aim to reach pragmatic problem solving at site level.
  6. To create a more inclusive, supportive, pragmatic and integrated system at the local and international levels for Site Managers at UNESCO and its advisory bodies to effectively deliver the responsibilities in managing and conserving World Heritage Sites and in protecting the Outstanding Universal Value(s).

To build a network of Site Managers.


  1. An international symposium hosted and presented by Site Managers, and attended by international communities.
  2. A publication with the title “We Are Site Managers” that shares the stories of the World Heritage Site Managers.
  3. A George Town Declaration that will be submitted to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre as an effort to enhance the operation of site managers in conserving and safeguarding the Outstanding Universal Values.
  4. An umbrella network of World Heritage Site Managers from around the world to raise awareness and advocate level about the roles of Site Managers in World Heritage Site Management.

Download the details here

Fill in the Application Form by 30 September 2023.

Shortlisted speakers will be announced via email on 1 November 2023.

Contact Us

For further enquiries on this programme, please email Ms Siew Jing TING (secretariat@gtwhi.com.my) or contact +60111 625 9606 by WhatsApp.