UNESCO World Heritage Youth Forum 2016 – Istanbul, Turkey (fully-funded)

UNESCO World Heritage Youth Forum 2016 – Istanbul, Turkey (fully-funded)

Deadline: March 25, 2016

Young people are invited to attend the 2016 World Heritage Youth Forum: “At the Crossroads of Multi-Layered Heritage” from 29 June to 12 July 2016. The Forum is organized as part of the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee and in the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, the Turkish National Commission for UNESCO and the Istanbul Site Management Directorate.

Young representatives, aged from 22 to 28, from 35 countries, will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, contribute to the discussions and immerse themselves in topics within the scope of multi-layered heritage.

About the Forum

The Forum seeks to deepen youth knowledge and understanding the importance of:
  • the implementation of the World Heritage Convention
  • the working methods of the World Heritage Committee
  • the challenges and opportunities of the protection of multi-layered World Heritage sites

Scheduled activities include:

  • visits to World Heritage sites, including Bursa and Cumalıkızık, with the international heritage experts
  • workshops on different aspects emerging from the multi-layered sites
  • practical hands-on activities with timber and stone work for the protection and the maintenance of the World Heritage sites in Istanbul
  • experts and young delegates presentations
  • participation in the discussions on the state of conservation of properties
  • practicing the Youth Model simulation with the scenario on the evaluation of Iznik’s nomination for the World Heritage List which is a multi-layered settlement inscribed on the Tentative List of Turkey
  • drawing up the final document of the Forum for presentation during the Opening Ceremony of the 40th World Heritage Committee
  • attendance to the first session of the 40th World Heritage Committee.


  • The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality will cover all costs related to international travel, accommodation, transportation.


The Turkish National Commission for UNESCO and the Istanbul Site Management Directorate are pleased to invite young people interested in topics related to World Heritage who are:

  • Aged from 22 to 28
  • Fluent in English (Please note: No interpretation will be provided. The programme will take place in English only)
  • Citizens of one of the 21 Member States of the current World Heritage Committee (Angola, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Croatia, Cuba, Finland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Tunisia, Turkey, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, Zimbabwe) and Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Qatar)
  • Involved in heritage-related fields such as; World Heritage Studies (Landscape), Architecture, Urban Planning, Constructional Engineering, Archaeology, Sociology, Intangible Cultural Heritage, Anthropology, Ethnology, Ethnography, Economy, History, Art History, Communication, Law, Tourism, Natural and Cultural Heritage, Geography, International Relations
  • Motivated, active and driven individuals interested to implement the outcomes of the Forum in their respective countries

Please note that only one representative from each country will be accepted.

How to Apply

Successful applicants will be informed by 15 April 2016 at the latest.

For more information, visit World Heritage Youth Forum.