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Penang, 14 October 2019: Throughout the Asia-Pacific region, cultural heritage sites are under threat, many of which are in private ownership. The role of private individuals and institutions in protecting these vulnerable sites and their understanding of cultural heritage conservation as a shared responsibility is paramount.

In the last two decades, the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation have been contributing to meaningful achievements in changing the conversation about what constitutes cultural heritage, who has a stake in its stewardship, and how can it contribute to the sustainable well-being of cities, societies and the environment.

The year 2019 marks 20 years since the Awards were conceived in Penang, Malaysia during UNESCO’s landmark “Economics of Heritage” regional conference in 1999. The 20th anniversary presents an opportune moment for reflection not only on the achievements and lessons learned from the UNESCO Heritage Awards programme, but also to review how far heritage conservation has come in the past two decades. 

It will also present an opportunity to chart the course and future for the next two decades on the role and contribution of cultural heritage more broadly to sustainable development, within the broad framework defined by the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, along with key partner institutions and thought leaders in the field. 

We cordially invite industry practitioners, emerging professionals and heritage enthusiasts to join us for this special occasion! 

The public is welcome to join with prior registration, with a sliding price of admission. Register here

Date: 14 Oct 2019
Location: Penang, Malaysia

**Our event will coincide with the Seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-7) from 15-17 October 2019 in Penang. This is an event being organized by the UN Habitat and UNESCAP. It requires prior registration to attend. Access:

 Asia-Pacific Heritage 20/20 Forum (Venue: U.A.B Building)

09:00 – 10:00

  • Opening ceremony
  • Welcome remarks:  Hamdan Abdul Majeed, Executive Director, Think City
  • Opening remarks:  Ernesto Renato Ottone Ramirez, ADG/CLT UNESCO
  • Congratulatory remarks: Chow Kon Yeow, Chief Minister of Penang
  • Announcement of the 2019 Award winners: Shigeru Aoyagi, UNESCO Bangkok
  • Awards ceremony

10:00 – 10:30


10:30 – 12:00

Panel discussion with the Heritage Awards Jury and the winners: 
“From Blue Mansion to Blue House: the Evolving Landscape of Heritage Conservation in the Asia-Pacific region from 2000-2019”

    • Moderator: Richard Engelhardt, Former UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific
    • Laurence Loh, Adjunct Professor, University of Hong Kong
    • Yeo Kang Shua, Associate Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design
    • Abha Narain, Principal Architect, Abha Narain Lambah Associates  
    • Salman Beg, Aga Khan Pakistan
    • Anne Arnold, Heritage Council of Western Australia

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:30



Heritage Clinic: Emerging challenges, new responses


Young professionals and current students in conservation will present their projects to the experts and the audience for an interactive discussion on emerging challenges and new responses. All participants will be pre-allocated to three different groups for this parallel discussion. 


Note:  Projects to be included have been selected through an application process

14:30 – 15:00


15:00 – 16:30






Heritage20/20x Talks:

  • Setting the scene: Emerging challenges, new responses by two representatives from the Heritage Clinic (Two selected submitters)
  • Roundtable: Strategic Alliance for “Culture, Heritage and Sustainable Placemaking”
    • Moderator:  UNESCO and Think City
    • Heritage x Urban:
      Neil Khor, Special Advisor to the Executive Director, UN-Habitat
    • Heritage x People:
      Ginevra Boatto, Regional Representative for Southeast Asia,
      World Monuments Fund
    • Heritage x Resilience:
      Lyu Zhou, Vice President, ICOMOS China
    • Heritage x Digital Technology:
      Khun Sirikitiya Jensen
    • Heritage x Nature:
      Allen Tan, Directing Manager, The Habitat

16:30 – 17:00


 Evening Reception (Venue: Suffolk House)

 19:00 – 21:00

  • Launch of Asia Conserved Volumes 3
  • Special recognition of UNESCO Heritage Awards partners/supporters