Previous World Congresses

2015 – Arequipa, Peru

World Heritage Cities, Resilient Cities

2015: A world congress held in Arequipa (Peru) on the resilience of cities facing adversity in the XXI century

The XIII World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities took place in Arequipa, Peru, under the science theme of World Heritage Cities, Resilient Cities. More than 500 participants from 58 cities in 33 countries attended the congress which ended with the adoption of an 18-point resolution on Urban Resilience. This resolution is the result of the synthesis of two key moments of the congress: the Scientific Day and the Mayors’ Workshop. Read about it in English, French or Spanish:

Resolution of Arequipa

In addition, the Arequipa Declaration was delivered on the occasion of the General Assembly of the XIII World Congress of the OWHC. The declaration denounces the destruction and pillaging of masterpieces and sites recognized by UNESCO and the use of heritage as an objective of war between peoples. Read the Arequipa Declaration in its entirety:

Arequipa Declaration

In closing, a new Board of Directors for 2015-2017 was elected with its presidency in the city of Lyon (France) and vice-presidencies in the cities of Brussels (Belgium); Sintra (Portugal); Oaxaca (Mexico); Quebec (Canada); Angra do Heroísmo (Portugal); Valparaiso (Chile) and Vienna (Austria). The next host city for the world congress in 2017 was also selected: Gyeongju (Republic of Korea).


General Program

Mayor’s Program


General Program

Mayors' Program