A major global summit, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, or Habitat III, will be held in Quito (Ecuador) from 17 to 20 October 2016. The goal of the conference is to revitalize global political commitment to the sustainable development of towns, cities and other human settlements, both rural and urban.
In conjunction with Habitat III, this issue of World Heritage will take a close look at urban heritage, particularly at World Heritage cities, and how its evolution and need for protection affects site management and conservation. There will be an overview of urban heritage and HABITAT III, an article on Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) and the World Heritage Convention; and case studies of World Heritage cities such as Kyoto (Japan), Cairo (Egypt), Tel Aviv (Israel) and St Louis (Senegal), among others. An interview with Jorge Castro Muñoz, Mayor of Valparaíso (Chile) and Vice-President of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) will also feature.
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