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20 – 22 November 2013
IHCN Fourth Biennial Conference, Pune

The theme of the upcoming IHCN Fourth Biennial Conference – Economics of Living Heritage Cities – represents one of the least explored issues in urban conservation works in India, despite being a crucial factor in ensuring sustainable conservation of India's vast heritage. In order to obtain limited government funds or secure private investment, it is critical to understand the costs and benefits of heritage conservation and to develop a sound argument regarding its overall economic impact. An approach that focuses on the economic dimension of heritage conservation enables leaders in the field to rationalize the use of limited financial resources, make heritage projects more results-oriented, and develop efficient heritage policies.

Considering the relevance of the topic in today's economic climate, the Fourth Biennial Conference of IHCN continued the discussion on Economics of Living Heritage Cities, this time involving a broader group of IHCN members and partners.

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14 – 17 May 2011
IHCN Third Biennial Conference

The Third Biennial Conference of the Indian Heritage Cities Network was organized from 14 to 17 May 2011 at the Infosys Campus, Mysore, Karnataka, India. It was convened jointly by the Government of Karnataka, Mysore City Corporation (MCC), Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation Ltd. (KUIDFC), UNESCO New Delhi and the Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation. The Conference was supported by the Department of Archaeology, Museums & Heritage, Government of Karnataka, the Embassy of France, New Delhi, the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Embassy Cultural Centre, New Delhi, the France-UNESCO Cooperation Agreement, the World Travel and Tourism Council and Infosys Technologies Limited.

It brought together 170 participants, including experts from France, Italy, South Korea, Spain and Tanzania etc. as well as Indian experts from the States of Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, and Rajasthan etc.

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28 September – 5 October 2010
Study Tour to France

Some 30 representatives from the historic cities of Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan accompanied by representatives from the Union Ministry of Urban Development are currently travelling on a study tour to France. 

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9 – 10 September 2010
Conference on 'Heritage -based Sustainable Urban Development,' New Delhi

A two-day conference on ‘Heritage-Based Sustainable Urban Development’ was jointly organized by the Embassy of Switzerland and the UNESCO led Indian Heritage Cities Network (IHCN) on the 9th and 10th of September at the India International Center (IIC), New Delhi. This event brought together policy makers, city managers, technical officers, universities and professionals in this field from both India and Switzerland.

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18  20 April 2010
Asian World Heritage Cities, Ahmedabad

The international conference on “Asian World Heritage Cities”, held in Ahmedabad from 18 – 20 April 2010, was jointly organized by UNESCO New Delhi, Indian Heritage Cities Network (IHCN), and the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) supported by the Government of Gujarat, in close collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the Ministry of Urban Development through the National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), CEPT University and SRFDCL. 

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18 – 20 December 2008
Second Biennial Conference of the Indian Heritage Cities Network, Hyderabad

The Second Biennial Conference of the Indian Heritage Cities Network (IHCN) held in Hyderabad on 18-20 December 2008 was jointly organized by UNESCO and the Government of Andhra Pradesh, with the support of the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation, the Department of Archaeology and Museums, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority and the National Institute for Tourism and Hospitality Management. The inaugural event was graced by the Honourable Minister for Urban Development, Shri S Jaipal Reddy, Government of India, who has supported the IHCN since its conception in 2006. 

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26 September – 4 October 2008
Indian Mayors’ Study Tour to France

The IHCN initiated a study tour to France for mayors and administrators of its Indian member cities from 26 September to 4 October 2008. The following member cities participated in the tour: Ahmedabad, Burhanpur, Indore, Gwalior, Maheswar, Pondicherry, Ujjain, and Srinagar. The group of Indian officials was accompanied by French and Indian experts and the Director of UNESCO New Delhi office, Ms Minja Yang. The event was jointly organized by UNESCO and the French Historic Cities Association (ANVPAH) and supported by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), as well as the Government of France and a number of French local authorities.


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18 – 21 December 2007
International Workshop on Management of Historic Urban Landscapes of the 20th Century, Chandigarh

The workshop presented four case studies of 20th-century cities from across the world: Tel Aviv (Israel), Brasilia (Brazil), Le Havre (France) and Chandigarh (India), all of which are testify to how the modern movement changed approaches to urban planning and design. The technical sessions included discussions on issues of urban heritage, methods for conservation of urban heritage and the process for becoming a World Heritage City. The workshop concluded with the Chandigarh City Administration signing the charter of the IHCN membership.

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– 4 May 2007
International workshop on heritage-based local development of Chettinad

An International workshop on heritage-based local development of Chettinad was held in Karaikudi, Chettinad, May 2-4 2007. The workshop was organized by UNESCO in the framework of the IHCN, and in cooperation with the State of Tamil Nadu, the Architectural Heritage-Safeguard (ArcHe-S) and the Chettinad Heritage Committee, with the kind support of the Government of France.

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25 – 27 September 2006

Launch of the Indian Heritage Cities Network, Jaipur

The Jaipur Conference announced the launch of the Indian Heritage Cities Network, endorsed by the Union Ministry of Urban Development, Honorable Minister Sh. Jaipal Reddy, and supported by the Jaipur Virasat Foundation (JVF), the Government of France, the French Association of Historic Cities (ANVPAH) and the Government of Rajasthan. The Network was founded with 10 Indian cities, 7 French cities and a number of national and international NGOs. The three-day conference ended with a signing event and publication of the Charter of the Indian Heritage Cities Network.

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