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09/03/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/02/2020 17:43

Honduras celebrates the 40th anniversary of the inscription of the Mayan Site of Copán on the World Heritage List with a high-level discussion

Within the framework of the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the inscription of the Mayan Site of Copán on the World Heritage List, the Honduran authorities and the UNESCO Multi-Country Office in San José organized the debate 'The Role of World Heritage for Sustainable Development in the Framework of the Post-COVID-19 Crisis: The Example of the Mayan Site of Copán.' This event was an exceptional occasion to discuss the cultural and scientific value of this World Heritage site, as well as the challenges for the conservation and promotion of cultural heritage in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and also about the many ways in which cultural heritage can contribute to economic and social recovery once the emergency has been overcome. The virtual exhibition 'Fragile Memories: archaeological and community images, Copán, Honduras 1891-1900' was also inaugurated on this occasion.

The event had a very distinguished opening by the President of the Republic of Honduras, Mr. Juan Orlando Hernández, a greeting from the Director General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay and the Director of the Regional Institute of World Heritage, Mr. José Francisco Román Gutiérrez, who also participated as a panelist. The panel of experts was also made up of Mrs. Barbara Fash, from the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, Mr. Ricardo Agurcia Fasquelle, archaeologist, community leader and director of the Copán Association, Mr. Seichi Nakamura, a professor and researcher at the University of Waseda, in Japan, Mr. Héctor Portillo, manager of the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History, and Mr. César Moreno Triana, specialist of the Unit for Latin America and the Caribbean of the UNESCO World Heritage Center.