32nd Session of the World Heritage Committee
2-10 July 2008
The World Heritage Convention is perhaps the most widely recognized and effective conservation instrument in the world, mobilizing a global movement for the protection of the shared heritage of humanity. Since its adoption in 1972, the Convention has encouraged intercultural dialogue and unprecedented levels of international co-operation. When we take our places during Committee sessions as representatives from different regions of the world, we celebrate our diverse cultures and work towards the collective good, the protection of the world's cultural and natural heritage. World Heritage Sites that are protected and shared with others can promote an understanding of the diversity of the world's cultures and ecosystems. They can also be a vital force in contributing to the sustainability and well-being of our communities.
Canada is making a special effort to engage young people in the work of the 32nd Session of the World Heritage Committee. The long-term conservation of our World Heritage Sites depends on the will of future generations to take over stewardship responsibilities. Engaging today's youth will shape the decision-makers of tomorrow. Our indigenous peoples remind us that we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
As Chair of the World Heritage Committee, I welcome you warmly to Canada. I and my colleagues will do our utmost to make your visit to our country a memorable one.
Dr. Christina Cameron
Chair, World Heritage Committee