During the Conference it is planned to discus
the following topics:
I. The role of the international youth tourism in the safeguarding
of cultural and natural heritage;
II. The role of education in promoting and developing of the youth
III. Educational programmes, tools, guidelines and Conventions
to be used to promote responsible cultural tourism among youth;
IV. The role of tourism in strengthening intercultural dialogue
The representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations
in the sphere of preservation of cultural heritage and development
of cultural tourism, representatives of the educational institutions,
UNESCO Chairs Network on Cultural Tourism and Development, international
experts from the CIS and other countries are invited to participate
in the Conference.
Following the event it is planned to publish the proceedings of
the Conference and release a DVD on youth cultural and ecological
tourist routs of the CIS countries.
The working languages of the Conference are Armenian, Russian
and English. Simultaneous translation will be provided.
- Registration form (71 Kb) (English)
- Preliminary Programme of the Conference (75 Kb) (English)
Please contact the Organizational Committee of the Conference
to find out more information about the Conference, programme and
terms for submitting applications.
Contact information of the Organizational Committee:
Mr Robert Minasyan, Rector of the Armenian Institute
Armenian Institute of Tourism
Republic of Armenia, Yerevan - 0070, 12/1 E. Kochara St.,
Tel.: + 3741- 520 - 530, 583 -229, 550-536;
Fax: + 3741 - 583 - 229.
More about cultural tourism:
- The Proceedings of the International Conference "Innovative
Policies for Heritage Safeguarding and Culture Tourism Development"
(Moscow, 25-27 November 2005)
- The section of cultural tourism at UNESCO's Headquarters' website
- All Different, All Unique. Young People and UNESCO Declaration
on Cultural Diversity (English) (pdf, 1 503 Kb)
- Report of the UNESCO General Conference Youth Forum (2005) (English)
- Strategy for UNESCO's Action with and for Youth (English) (pdf,
- Website of the World Heritage in Young Hands Project (English)
- Website of the World Tourism Organization (UN WTO) (English)
Ministry of Culture and Youth Affairs of the Republic of Armenia , Armenian Institute of Tourism (the branch of Russian International Academy of Tourism) in cooperation with the Armenian National Commission for UNESCO, the Russian International Academy of Tourism and with the support of UNESCO Moscow Office organized International Conference on “The Role of Youth in Safeguarding Cultural Heritage and Development of Cultural and Cognitive Tourism" which was held on 27-28 October, 2006 in Yerevan.
The Conference is a follow-up event to the National Seminar “Innovative Approaches to the Cultural Tourism” (28 February, 2005, Yerevan ) and the International Conference “Innovative Policies for Heritage Safeguarding and Culture and Cognitive Tourism Development” (25-27 November 2005, Moscow ) organized with the support of UNESCO Moscow Office.
The aim of the Conference was development of youth tourism and dissemination among youth of the principles of the UNESCO Conventions on “ Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage ” (1972), “Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage “ (2003), “ Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions “ (2005), as well as the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2001), development of the ways for the youth participation in the protection and safeguarding of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, as well as promotion of cultural tourism.
The main objectives of the Conference were:
to encourage the involvement of young people in the preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage and transmission o f the knowledge and cultural values to younger generations;
to conduct public discussions with participation of youth on social, educational and cultural aspects of the preservation of cultural heritage, promotion of cultural diversity and development of youth tourism in the 21-st century;
to study the best practices of the development of cultural tourism with the involvement of youth in the preservation of cultural heritage;
to foster regional and international cooperation, especially among the youth, in the sphere of safeguarding tangible and intangible cultural and natural heritage;
The official opening of the Conference was held on the 27 October, 2006.
The opening speech was delivered by Mrs. Hasmik Poghosyan, Minister of Culture and Youth Affairs of the Republic of Armenia .
The Conference was welcomed by:
Mr. Herve Barre, UNESCO Program Specialist, Culture and Development Section of the Division of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue, followed by welcoming messages by the representatives of the Government of the Republic of Armenia, Municipality of Yerevan City , the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia ,etc.
The following issues were discussed at the Conference:
The role of youth in safeguarding cultural heritage and development of cultural-cognitive tourism.
The role of education in development of youth cultural and cognitive tourism.
The analysis of educational programs, tools, and guidelines to be used in order to promote cognitive and cultural tourism among the youth (case studies).
The participants of the Conference were representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations in the field of cultural heritage safeguarding and tourism development from foreign and the CIS countries, including Armenia, Republic of Belarus, Georgia and Russian Federation, representatives of educational institutions, UNESCO Chairs on Cultural Tourism for peace and development, international and national experts from ICOMOS and UNESCO, etc.
The final document was adopted in a result of discussions held at the Conference.