Following up on the World Humanities Conference

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 1 November 2017 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Special Event
John Crowley

A group of countries, which have contributed to the holding of the World Humanities Conference (WHC) in Liège in August 2017, wish to ensure an adequate follow-up with UNESCO in order to sensitize all Member States. This side event is coordinated by the Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom of Belgium. It will take place from 13:00 to 14:00, in Room IV at UNESCO Headquarters.

Co-organized by UNESCO and the International Council of Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH), the World Conference of Humanities (WHC), held in Liège from 6 to 12 August 2017, and the preparatory events which preceded in each of the regions of the world, set a new global agenda for the humanities.

More than 1000 participants from 60 countries representing the different continents traveled to Liège and the Conference has also attracted a lot of interest on the internet with more than a million visits to the pages of the event.

The objective was ambitious, as it was a question of redefining the role of the humanities in dealing with the challenges of the 21st century, such as climate change, intercultural relations, the effects of migration or the preservation of heritage and historical memory.

A group of countries, which have contributed to the holding of these events, wish therefore to shape UNESCO follow-up.

The side event is designed to enable all Member States to take note of the WHC outcomes in order to prepare the formal debate on document 39 C/50.