This prize is awarded every two years by the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) to a city that is a member in good standing of the OWHC, and that has distinguished itself by an achievement in terms of conservation, enhancement or management of a property inscribed on the World Heritage List, and that is located on its territory.
To participate in this competition, the cities that are members in good standing of the OWHC must have paid annually their contribution for the last three years. A city that has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for less than three years may also register for this international competition, provided it has paid its contribution annually to the OWHC since it was recognized by the UNESCO.
The purpose of the prize is to recognize and to reward the achievement of a member city of the OWHC in terms of conservation, enhancement, or management of a property inscribed on the World Heritage List, and that is located on the territory of the candidate city.
The achievement must have been completed during the last five (5) years directly by the candidate city or by a person or an organization supported, directed or influenced by the candidate city. If the achievement was not implemented directly by the candidate city, the latter’s participation must have been significant in the implementation.
The candidacy file must be sent via the website of the OWHC. The file must contain the following documents:
- an executive summary of no more than five (5) pages that presents the achievement that would deserve to obtain the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage (we recommend to use the font Arial 10 points.). This summary must be signed by the elected representative of the city and it may be accompanied by no more than ten (10) pictures in an A4 format, including establising shot, a map and pictures illustrating the condition before and after work.
- the form entitled “Registration form” to be completed on the webpage of the Prize.
If the candidacy file submitted does not meet the requirements, the candidacy will be considered ineligible. No additional document will be analyzed by the jury.
The candidacies will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- the exemplary nature of the project for the conservation of the cultural and natural heritage;
- stakeholder engagement and the development process of the partnership;
- the tangible impact on the community;
- the pedagogical effect of the project, its educational and enrichment value for the international community.
MEMBERS OF THE JURY
The jury is composed of:
- one member of the Board of Directors of the OWHC;
- one representative of ICOMOS;
- one representative of UNESCO;
- one heritage specialist;
- the Secretary General of the OWHC or his representative.
PRIZE OF THE WINNING CITY
The mayor or his or her official representative will be the guest of honour of the OWHC at the Congress: transportation, lodging, and meal expenses as well as the registration fees to the Congress will be assumed by the OWHC.
An honorary certificate will be awarded to the mayor of the winning city or to his or her representative during a ceremony planned for the award presentation at the World Congress of the OWHC to be held in Arequipa, Peru, from November 3 to 6, 2015.
The winning city will receive financial support from the OWHC of up to $3,000 CAN for the design and installation of an honorary plaque marking the obtainment of the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage.
The winning city and its project will benefit from worldwide promotion on the Web site of the OWHC.
An interview with the mayor of the winning city will be broadcast on the Web Site of the OWHC.
PRESENTATION OF THE CITIES THAT HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE JEAN-PAUL-L’ALLIER PRIZE AT THE WORLD CONGRESS
The cities will be invited to present the realization they submitted to obtain the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage at the World Congress of the OWHC, to be held in Arequipa, Peru, from November 3 to 6, 2015.
The candidate cities that do not receive the prize may re-submit their candidacy in the following years, provided that the realization having for object the conservation, enhancement or management of property inscribed on the World Heritage List is not the same.
There is no limit as to the number of consecutive years for which a city may be a candidate.
The OWHC reserves the right not to award the prize for a given year.
July 31, 2015: Deadline set for the cities to submit their candidacy to the OWHC
September and October 2015: Study of the candidacies by the international jury
November 05, 2015: Award of the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage during a ceremony planned to that effect.
REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION
For any questions concerning the candidacy file or the Prize in itself, please contact Ms. Manon Auffray at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Warsaw, Poland, was honored at the Opening Ceremony of the X World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) held in Quito, Ecuador from September 8 to 11, 2009.
The City of Warsaw was the winner of the Jean-Paul L'Allier Heritage Prize. It was distinguished for its lighting project of illuminating the walls of its historic center. The project had the merit of solving security problems and allowed the recovery of premises by the community.
The City of Tunis, Tunisia, was honored during the 11th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities in Sintra, Portugal. The city of Tunis won the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage thanks to its restoration and beautification project of a street circuit entitled “From Zitouna to Sidi Ibrahim”.
This project, which is sustainable, remarkably offers an alternative to mass tourism and make it possible to raise the awareness of the local population of the value of its habitat.
The The City of Cuenca, Ecuador, was honored at the XII World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) held in Oaxaca, Mexico from November 19 to 22, 2013.
During its deliberations, the jury underlined the relevance of the intervention in the district of El Barranco located between the old city and the new city. This project, which is part of a cultural and landscaped path along the Tomebamba river, made it possible to improve the natural environment within the public space. The city of Cuenca has successfully conjugated the safeguard of heritage values and the creation of a recreational, cultural and sports area connected to the Historic Centre.