Gathering with the London & South East UNESCO sites at the Tower of London

19 June 2024

On Monday 17th of June, the UK National Commission for UNESCO invited all of the UNESCO designated sites from London and the SouthEast of England to meet at the Tower Of London, as part of the “Local to Global” project:

  • The Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey World Heritage site
  • The Maritime Greenwich World Heritage site
  • The Canterbury Cathedral World Heritage site
  • The Isle of Wight Biosphere
  • The Tower of London World Heritage site and other related sites including Kew Palace and Kensington Palace
  • And …The Living Coast UNESCO Biosphere !

This was an opportunity to meet as a network of incredible sites, all part of the UNESCO family. Beyond the UNESCO designation, we all share similar opportunities and challenges, with the need to embed climate change adaptation in our strategies, promote sustainable tourism, and renew our visitor experiences to be inclusive, educational and … fun!

It was inspiring to have James Ömer Bridge FRSA, Secretary-General and Chief Executive at the UK National Commission for UNESCO remind us that the network of UNESCO sites was originally created in 1945 to ensure world peace and collaboration on science, culture and education. We’ll celebrate this 80th anniversary next year.

Andrew Jackson, Tower of London director, Resident Governor and Keeper of the Jewel House, hosted the event and shared his strategy for the coming years. As part of the numerous sustainability initiatives, The Moat in Bloom is a great one, all around the Tower, where a flat lawn has transformed into a haven for pollinators, bringing colour and life and showing wildflowers can thrive in the heart of a buzzing city!

This is just the beginning of a stronger collaboration among UNESCO sites.

UNESCO delegates at Tower of London

Melanie David-Durand

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