Culture, Heritage and Diversity

Faro Convention


The Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (the Faro Convention) is first and foremost a convention about society, for society. It suggests that in the face of the present crisis relating to political representation, economic models and cultural identity, heritage provides answers by fostering citizen participation, promoting itself as a resource rooted in continuity and sustainability, and becoming a factor for dialogue as a source of respect and social cohesion.


Working themes

Broadening of the heritage concept in a human rights and democracy perspective suggests an interpretation of the Faro Convention which clarifies the idea of better “living together”. Three main working themes will be developed by the Council of Europe (action plan 2014-2015):

1. making the most of cultural diversity in order to generate a local and European citizenship;

2. taking integrated a action on the living environment and the quality of life in trying out new economic models;

3. promoting democratic participation in order to influence policy-making and render it more legitimate and sustainable.


Reference notions

From this angle, the conclusions of the joint European Union/Council of Europe Marseilles Forum highlighted three initial reference notions related to the social value of heritage (the action plan 2014-2015 will develop these further, as well as those related to the cultural and economic values of heritage):

a. Citizenship is based on a community, which is in turn based on a territory;

b. Social cohesion is newly founded on various modes of participation and involvement;

c. Local democracy reinforced by developing civil society’s capacities for action.


The Convention

Text of the Convention

Explanatory Report

Parties to the Convention



Mikhael de Thyse
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