On the 31st of May, 2019, SNU EU Centre, cofounded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and KIEP hosted a distinguished lecture on “Recent Challenges of UNESCO World Heritage Sites Program.” The lecture was given by Professor Maria Gravari-Barbas. Professor Gravari-Barbas is the coordinator of the UNESCO chair “Tourism, Culture, Development” of Paris 1- Sorbonne University and of the UNITWIN network. She is a distinguished professor who is and invited professor in many different universities in Europe, the United States and Latin America.
The Lecture gave students a chance to learn about the history and evolution of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites program and also the decision making in this institution. The students were also informed about the different type of heritage sites and the different criteria that need to be met. The students were also able to learn about the recent challenges such as the imbalances of culture and nature heritages, geographical imbalances and imbalances in spirituality of the historic and cultural sites. Students were also able to get a deeper understanding on the talk by asking questions and having discussions with Professor Maria Gravari-Barbas.