Annual Nordic World Heritage Conference

World Heritage in Sustainable Society

1 – 4 September 2019

Take the opportunity to discuss the most important issue for the future – social sustainability in a changing world according to World Heritage – and visit three World Heritage sites.

Application deadline 31 July


Day 1 (Sep 1)

10.00 – 17.30  

Pre Tour to Birka and Hovgården World Heritage Site

On Sunday Sept 1 the Pre Tour to Birka and Hovgården will be arranged. The Pre Tour departs from Klara Mälarstrand at 10:00 by boat. The excursion is 7 hours and 30 minutes.

The Birka archaeological site, which is located on Björkö Island in Lake Mälaren, was occupied during the 9th and 10th centuries. Hovgården is situated on the neighbouring island of Adelsö. Together, they make up an archaeological complex which illustrates the elaborate trading networks of Viking-Age Europe and their influence on the subsequent history of Scandinavia. Birka was also important as the site of the first Christian congregation in Sweden, founded in 831 by St Ansgar. A very interesting Pre Tour.

Atten! The boat trip is not included in the conference fee. The pre-tour incl. lunch costs 550 SEK (Excl lunch 410 kr). Payment takes place on the boat.

Day 2 (Sep 2)

9.00 –  11.30  

Pre visit option at the Stockholm City Planning Committee Archives, Stadsarkivet

The building permit drawings collection in the Stockholm City Archives has been awarded a place among the 300 Memories of the World by UNESCO. Each Memory contributes a unique story to the web of world history. The drawings illustrate three centuries of building and progress in a major capital. This Memory of Stockholm gives us a unique opportunity to discover Stockholm of the past and better appreciate the city we live in today.

11.00 Registration opens
12.00 Lunch

Conference start Clarion Hotel, Stockholm

Key Note speakers:

“The importance of cultural heritage and social sustainability in planning”
Viktoria Wallin – Anthropologist, social planner, White Arkitekter

“World Heritage connecting young people –  cultural heritage & identity”
Khazar Fatemi – documentary journalist/correspondent

Nordic examples and discussions:
Participatory methods or Management Suomenlinna, Finland
World heritage in Minecraft, Karlskrona, Sweden
Local food engage communities, Röros, Norway

Presentation of the World Heritage Scholarship Awardee


Day 3 (Sept 3) (World Heritage Site Royal Domain of Drottningholm)


Introduction to the Royal Domain of Drottningholm, in Drottningholm Palace Theatre

“Cultural heritage as an active force in reconciliation, peace building and social- & economic development” Leila Hadzic, Architect and Executive Director Albania Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB)

“Communicating World Heritage for social sustainability”
Marielle Richon, former UNESCO Programme Specialist in the field of Culture and World Heritage.

“Report from World Heritage Journeys-project”
Helena Chreisti WHS Drottningholm & Christina Staberg WHS Falun

“Thematic tours” at Drottningholm to chose from:
Digital sustainability at Drottningholm (bring your smart phone)
Preservation of interiors in sustainable way
Perspective of restoration of the buildnings in the Royal Domain
Sustainable management of the Palace Gardens
Making the Nature Reserve of Lovö accessible for visitors

Dinner in the City Hall

Day 4 (Sept 4)


“Guided tours in a view of social sustainability at World Heritage Site Wooden Cementary of Stockholm”

“The Right to Culture – a Human Right!”
Hanna Gerdes Human Rights lawyer

Reports from NWHA, Reflections from Committee Meeting etc