On 9-10 June at the International Cultural Centre in Krakow a conference entitled 50 Years of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention in Europe. Achievements and Challenges. The meeting was attended by experts from Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Lithuania, Slovakia and Spain. The conference participants shared, among others, their experience in implementing the provisions of the World Heritage Convention and presented prospects of its enactment.
The first topic raised at the conference was the situation of cultural heritage in Ukraine. The problem of threats resulting from the Russian aggression was discussed by the director of the National Institute of Cultural Heritage, Katarzyna Zalasińska, Ph.D., who presented the functioning and achievements of the Polish Support Center for Culture in Ukraine. One of the panels also presented the activities of the Office of the Warsaw Conservator of Monuments, which also serves as the Regional Secretariat of OWHC (World Heritage Cities Organisation), supporting the work for heritage protection in Ukraine. The discussion was complemented by a speech on the challenges of art conservation work in Ukrainian towns and cities during the war.