The Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) is now a part of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC). OWHC is a renowned non-governmental organization that gathers around 250 cities possessing sites listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The official ceremony took place via videoconference on August 7 during which Macao SAR was presented with a certificate of membership.
During the ceremony, the OWHC presented the certificate of membership to the Macao SAR, which was represented by the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, Ao Ieong U.
The membership of Macao in OWHC facilitates access to international information on World Heritage preservation and participation
The membership of Macao in OWHC facilitates access to international information on World Heritage preservation and participation in events learning from one experience to another’s, thereby raising Macao’s international profile as a World Heritage city. The “Ceremony of the Affiliation of Macao Special Administrative Region in the OWHC” was presided over by Huang Yong, the Vice President of OWHC.
The President of OWHC and Mayor of Krakow Poland, Jacek Majchrowski, stated: “Macao is a rare example of a place where the aesthetic, cultural, architectural and technical influences of East and West have met for several centuries, and that he is very happy to welcome Macao to the OWHC, as a symbol of unity, an example of assimilation and coexistence of Eastern and Western culture.”
The Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Ao Leong U, expressing her happiness to witness the event added that the “Historic Centre of Macao” is a testimony to the city’s historical development and also a crucial culture resource that lays the cultural ground as it nurtures the city’s future advancement, setting the foundation for strengthening reciprocal exchange and cooperation in future along with continuous aspirations towards higher standards for the preservation works of the cultural heritage in Macao.
The committee member of the Cultural Heritage Committee, Leong Chong In, said at the ceremony that the “Historic Centre of Macao” is the epitome of cultural integration, that adds to the community awareness of heritage preservation in Macao has grown stronger over the years and particularly the younger generation have been proactively engaging in the preservation process, hence enabling heritage preservation to pass on to future generations as a major undertaking. Macao’s official membership was announced and the certificate to Macao SAR Government was presented by the Secretary-General of the OWHC, Lee Minaidis, during the ceremony.
What does the OWHC aim to facilitate
The OWHC aims to facilitate the implementation of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, to encourage the exchange of expertise between member cities about cultural heritage preservation and management and also motivate cooperation regarding the protection of World Heritage.
The Macao SAR Government has been proactively fulfilling the responsibilities outlined in the World Heritage Convention and strengthening exchange between cities regarding World Heritage preservation since the inscription of the Historic Centre of Macao on the World Heritage List in 2005.
The key dignitaries and representatives attended the Affiliation of Macao SAR ceremony in the OWHC ceremony.