Organization of
World Heritage Cities

OWHC website

 

The Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) was founded on September 8, 1993 in Fez, Morocco. The Organization is composed of more than 300 cities in which are located sites included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In general, we speak of a population of more than 164 million inhabitants, united by the desire to preserve and promote their respective World Heritage. Within
the Organization, these cities are essentially represented by their Mayors with the active participation of their heritage management specialists.

Since its foundation, and under the recommendation of its founder Mr. Jean-Paul L’Allier, the OWHC’s headquarters are located in Québec City, which hosted the First International Symposium of World Heritage Cities in July 1991. Mr. L’Allier, at the time Mayor of Quebec City and fervent defender of World Heritage, was the great architect of this group of international cities.

The objectives of the OWHC

Regarding World Heritage, the OWHC member cities share the following goals:

  • to favor the implementation of the World Heritage Convention
  • to encourage co-operation and the exchange of information and expertise on matters of conservation and management of urban heritage
  • to develop a sense of solidarity among its member cities

To this end, the OWHC organizes many meetings: World Congresses, conferences, seminars and workshops dealing with the challenges to be met in the realm of management and strategies pertaining to the preservation and development of historic cities. These are important moments of discussion and sharing as well as a great opportunity for heritage cities to reaffirm their commitment to protect and promote World Heritage. Moreover, the OWHC offers to its city members many programs and projects which aim to promote and support the maintenance, recognition and development of their world heritage:

  • Youth on the Trail of World Heritage
  • The Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage
  • International Video Production Competition
  • Solidarity Day of World Heritage Cities – September 8
  • Mayors&Heritage
  • Zoom on Urban Heritage
  • OWHC Grants
  • Case Studies

The Organization is composed
of more than 300 cities
in which are located sites
included on the UNESCO
World Heritage List.