Mr Hubert Gijzen was a guest at the Indonesian Heritage Society’s Night Study Group and around 40 members were in attendance. The presentation also focused on the process of adding sites and items onto the World Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage lists, respectively, and the selection of criteria that each inscription must meet. In addition, the talk also gave the UNESCO Office, Jakarta’s Director a chance to explain the concept of “Culture for Development” and the activities that the Culture Unit is currently undertaking towards utilising culture to create sustainable and self-sufficient income generating opportunities for communities.
The presentation was followed by a question and answer session, giving the Director the chance to field any questions that the participants had about UNESCO. The presentation was met with a great deal of interest from those present who were keen to find out more about the World Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage lists. At the end of the presentation the Indonesian Heritage Society’s members gave a donation to UNESCO. This generous contribution will be used to fund the activities currently underway in Borobudur.