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The call for submissions for the 5th edition is now closed. The call for the 6th edition will open in September 2018.


Description and orientations of the prize

Every two (2) years, the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage is awarded by the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) to one of its member cities in good standing.

The award highlights an achievement related to the conservation, enhancement or good management of a living urban ensemble or property within an urban context thanks, in part, to the commitment of its local communities. The urban ensemble or property inscribed on the World Heritage List must be located within the territory of an OWHC member city.

With this prize, the OWHC seeks to reward exemplary urban cultural heritage conservation; community engagement through the involvement of local stakeholders; concrete outcomes of the project on local communities; and, the learning experience upon which the international community might draw.

These guidelines are motivated by the OWHC’s desire to situate the prize within a movement initiated in 2007 by the World Heritage Committee that highlighted the role of communities, designating them as the fifth “C” of the strategic objectives of the World Heritage Convention.

This trend was further reinforced in 2011 through the adoption of the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape which is inspired by local community traditions and urban concepts. This recommendation supports local communities in their efforts to develop and adapt, while recommending the preservation of characteristics and values linked to their history and collective memory.

In 2016, the OWHC brought its perspective to the Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development through a text entitled Resilient World Heritage Cities and their Communities. In it, the OWHC affirms that world heritage cities would be well advised to involve their local communities in city management because the communities might prove instrumental in helping them solve their problems.    

On a global scale, this report underscores the prominent place of culture in the future of world urbanization. It is intended as a contribution from UNESCO to the common UN action towards a New Urban Agenda and is in line with the main entry point for culture in the framework of the 2030 Agenda under the Sustainable Development Goal on sustainable cities.

The Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage echoes this objective every two years by honouring a project that ensures a sustainable future to a world heritage property in an urban setting. 

The masculine includes the feminine

In order to make the text of these by-laws simpler, the masculine form always includes the feminine.


To participate in this competition, member cities in good standing with the OWHC must have paid their contribution every year for the last three (3) years. A city that has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for less than three (3) years may also register for this international competition, provided it has paid its contribution annually to the OWHC since it was recognized by UNESCO.

Achievements evaluated

The purpose of the prize is to recognize and reward the achievement of a member city of the OWHC for the conservation, enhancement or management of a living urban ensemble or a property within an urban context inscribed on the World Heritage List and located within the territory of the candidate city.

The achievement must have been implemented 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.

Jury criteria

The candidacies will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • the exemplary nature of the project for the conservation of urban cultural heritage;
  • the involvement of local stakeholders and the partnership development process;
  • concrete outcomes of the project on local communities;
  • the pedagogical impact of the project and 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;
  • two representatives of two international organizations involved in heritage;  
  • 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 OWHC’s guest of honour 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.

The winning city will receive up to CAN $3,000 in financial support from the OWHC for the design and installation of an honorary plaque to mark the receipt of the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage.

The winning city and its project will benefit from worldwide promotion on the OWHC website.

An interview with the mayor of the winning city will be broadcast on the OWHC website.

General provisions

  • Candidate cities may only submit one project per city. If a city submits more than one project, it will be asked to select one project from among those sent. If the city refuses, it will be disqualified from participating in the edition underway.
  • The candidate cities that do not receive the prize may re-submit their candidacy in the following years, provided that the project involving the conservation, enhancement or management of property inscribed on the World Heritage List is not the same.
  • There is no limit to the number of consecutive years during which a city may be a candidate.
  • The OWHC reserves the right not to award the prize for a given year.


Come back in September 2018.

Requests for information

For any questions concerning the candidacy file or the Prize in itself, please contact Mr. Félix Rousseau at: frousseau@ovpm.org