In the year 2012, for the first time an international NGO Forum took place preceding a meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
From 22-24 June 2012, representatives of Russian and international non-governmental organizations met on an international forum of civil society activists in Saint-Petersburg to discuss problems related to the protection of World Heritage properties. The main objective of the three-day event was to draw the attention of the world community to various problems of greatest concern.
The NGO Forum included two separate programs with common plenary sessions. The first program was devoted to the natural heritage, the second one to the cultural heritage. Sharing experience of successful problem-solving in preserving the World Heritage, and building a system of effective interaction between NGOs and the UNESCO World Heritage Committee have been one of the main aims of the Forum on the Neva.
Among the participants of the event were members of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee and the World Heritage Center, international experts of IUCN and ICOMOS, representatives of international, national and regional NGOs, and other civil society activists. The resolutions of the Forum were presented to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee and to the general public.
The organizers of the forum were:
Russian-German Bureau of Ecological Information
All-Russian Society of historical and cultural monuments protection
(St Petersburg Department)
Centre for German and European Studies
Expertise Centre ECOM