2022 – Québec, Canada

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Québec World Congress | 2022

#OWHCQuebec2022


Notice, dated 30 March 2021: It was decided to postpone the dates of the World Congress from 7-10 September 2021 to 6-9 September 2022.

The continued consequences of the pandemic, the global vaccination campaign of which we do not know the end date, possible closed borders and quarantines for travelers, and most of all difficulties to plan activities in these uncertain times are all major arguments in this proposal.

It was also decided to hold a virtual General Assembly in September 2021, in order to resolve the issue of the election of the next Secretary General as well as any other customary administrative issues. An invitation to the General Assembly will be sent to all members this summer.

We are convinced that this postponement will bear fruit in the long term and allow the OWHC network to meet in person in 2022, in complete safety.


At the 15th OWHC World Congress which took place in June 2019 in Krakow, Quebec City was elected to host our next Congress, city of the headquarters of the Organization.

Here is a word of welcome from the mayor:

What an honour for the city of Québec to host the 16th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) in September 2022! We’ll be celebrating our organization’s 30th anniversary at the event.

As the home of OWHC’s head office and the birthplace of French North America, Québec City is profoundly aware of the value of heritage and the importance of preserving it. OWHC congresses are an invaluable opportunity for OWHC’s 300 member cities to discuss issues and concerns. The pandemic and its repercussions will doubtless be front and centre at our next meeting. The economies of heritage cities depend on tourism to a certain extent, which has made the current crisis all the more challenging.

The chosen theme for the congress, Enhancing Livability in World Heritage Cities, will also spur fascinating discussions. Let’s use them as a springboard to align our initiatives and work together to face the future with optimism.

A whole team has been working for many months to deliver a memorable event.

Let’s make it a date! Québec City’s food, culture, and undeniable charm are sure to win you over, as will the friendly people. I look forward to welcoming many of you here in September 2022.

Régis Labeaume
Mayor of Québec City

In this section of the website dedicated to the 16th World Congress, you will find a wealth of relevant information related to the organization of the Congress, its content and the preparation of your participation.

Do not hesitate to contact the General Secretariat for any request for information: [email protected] and tag your preparation with #OWHCQuebec2022!

2022 – Québec, Canada

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