UNESCO partners with Vadnagar International Conference to promote Archaeological Heritage

As part of the celebration of the 75 years of India’s independence, the Government of Gujarat is organizing in Gandhinagar from 18 to 20 May 2022 the first Vadnagar International Conference for Promoting Archaeological Heritage and Culture, in association with the Ministry of Culture and UNESCO.

The inaugural session took place today under the chairmanship of the Honorable Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Bhupendrabhai Patel. The Union Minister of  State for Culture, Ms Meenakshi Lekhi, was also present.

The  conference is attended by notable knowledge experts from India and across the globe and will serve as a platform to share and exchange new ideas, with a strong focus on the city of Vadnagar’s heritage. Some conference sessions will also focus on traditional water management practices, Buddhist heritage and a global perspective on the development of archaeological museums. For more information on the conference click here.

I hope that the Vadnagar Conference will set the tone for many others to come, bringing many enthusiasts from home and abroad to celebrate India’s ancient history and culture and of course to learn more specifically about the significance of Vadnagar, where different civilizations, cultures and religions have left an imprint.

Eric Falt, UNESCO New Delhi Director, in his remarks at the inaugural session

UNESCO seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.