16 October 2008
Convocation to the OWHC Regional Meeting in Strasbourg
As the mayor of Cordoba, the host city of the Regional Secretariat for Southern Europe and the Mediterranean of the Organization of World Heritage Cities, I am pleased to convene you for our 8th Regional Conference, which will be held on December 3 and 4, 2008. This meeting will take place in the city of Strasbourg (France), further to the invitation of its mayor, Mr. Roland Ries, whom I sincerely thank for his welcome. This meeting will also be the opportunity to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the inscription of Grande île de Strasbourg on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, which celebrations will be held on December 5. You will find enclosed the program and the agenda of the meeting.
This meeting follows that which took place after the OWHC World Congress in Kazan in June 2007. We then held the 7th regional meeting. However, unfortunately, the attendance was low at that meeting; consequently, your presence at the next meeting in Strasbourg is highly important.
In addition to the fact that we have to deal with a few major decisions for the proper functioning of our European network of cities, we will coordinate our presence at the 10th World Congress of the OWHC in Quito (Ecuador), which will take place from September 8 to 11, 2009. During this world congress, elections will also be held to choose the members of the next Board of Directors of the OWHC, as well as the host city of the next World Congress, to be held in 2011.
Rosa Aguilar Rivero
Mayor of Cordoba
Host City for OWHC Regional Secretariat
for Southern Europe and the Mediterranean