A colloquium under the auspices of UNESCO

Protection of an endangered heritage

The colloquium will be conducted under the aegis of UNESCO and its director general, Audrey Azoulay. It will have as a theme the endangerment of our heritage; participants will put forward considerations on the stakes of heritage conservation.

It will deal not only with aspects of the worldwide patrimony destroyed due to armed hostilities or terrorist attacks, but also with the way in which heritage as too often neglected or abandoned, even in France. Indeed, numerous monuments fall into disuse for lack of sufficient resources, development prospects or agreement amongst concerned parties. The main goal of the colloquium shall consist in promoting present-day and future efforts aimed at safeguarding our common heritage.

Colloquium participants will strive to adopt a comprehensive approach covering a panoply of risks, whether they be of natural or of human origin, which imperil or are liable to imperil our cultural heritage. Diversified themes and subjects will dwell upon a multitude of direct or indirect risks, as well as large-scale projects developing independently of, if not antagonistically to, the cultural heritage.

French and international cases in point will be presented for examination. Quite naturally, the different foreign partners of the National Estate of Chambord (the Summer Palace of Beijing, the City Palace of Udaipur, Veneria Reale in Italy, Moritzburg and the Saxony Castles in Germany) will be invited to this special and exceptional event.

Daniel Rondeau, a prominent French writer, will serve as godparent of the colloquium.Rondeau was awarded the Grand Prix du roman 2017 of the Académie française for his book entitled Mécaniques du chaos (published by Grasset). Mécaniques du chaos (Grasset).

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