The Jean-Paul L’Allier Prize for Heritage
This prize is awarded every second year 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 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 its 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 property inscribed on the World Heritage List, and that is located on the territory of the candidate city.
The achievement must have been implemented during the last two 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 by email to the secretariat of the OWHC (email@example.com). The font used must be Arial 10 points. The file must contain the following documents:
- an executive summary of no more than five pages that presents the achievement that would deserve to obtain the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage. This summary must be signed by the mayor. It may be accompanied by no more than five images that can be sent by Internet only.
- the form entitled “Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage – 2013 Edition” duly completed. You may download the form by clicking here.
If the candidacy file submitted does not meet the requirements, the candidacy will be considered ineligible for the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage. 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 heritage;
- the involvement with the partners of the community 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 Board of Directors of the OWHC is responsible for constituting an international jury of four people that have not submitted a candidacy to obtain the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage in 2013. The jury must include:
- one member of the Board of Directors of the OWHC;
- one representative of an international organization involved in heritage;
- one heritage specialist;
- the Secretary General of the OWHC or its representative.
Prize to the winning city
The mayor or his or her representative will be the guest of honour of the OWHC at the Congress: the 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 at the opening ceremony of the World Congress of the OWHC that will be held in Oaxaca, Mexico, from November 19 to 22, 2013.
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 for Heritage at the World Congress of the OWHC
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, which will be held in Oaxaca, Mexico, from November 19 to 22, 2013.
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.
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.