Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (2005)
Actions for a changing society
European societies are changing under the combined impact of economic and political change, energy transition and dwindling resources. This situation is creating challenges which call for the proposal of new social and development models. Europe needs to innovate in order to create the framework for a new society stimulated by more democracy, more direct citizen participation and better governance based on more effective institutions and on dynamic public-private partnerships. Against this background of profound change that is generating anxieties, the concept of heritage is becoming a lever for sustainable development. As a legacy from the past, it embodies the values, beliefs, skills and traditions which have shaped towns and regions through the constant interaction between individuals, communities and places.
The Council of Europe’s Faro Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society, whose principles tie in with the European Commission’s goals, offers ways to help national, regional or local authorities, civil society in general or ordinary citizens to take up the societal challenges which they face individually and collectively. It encourages reflection on the role of citizens in the processes of defining, deciding and managing the cultural environment in which communities function and evolve. It also stresses that the common heritage of Europe, which underpins the identity on which today’s Europe is being built, is a resource to be harnessed for and by citizens as part of the public action to improve the quality of life of all Europeans.
The Faro Steps
are inspired by the idea of “balades patrimoniales” (heritage walks) which raise public awareness through direct experience of a place while encouraging people to reflect on the value of heritage. The term “Faro Steps” will be used to designate events organised in relation to specific aspects of the Faro Convention.
1/ Marseille Forum on the social value of heritage and the value of heritage for society
appeal for contributions from member States and observers aims at gathering as much information as possible on ideas, experiences and projects carried out or in progress which can illustrate and explain the principles and objectives of the Faro Convention in relation to the three priority axes. These are projects which have been promoted at national, regional or local level, at the initiative of ministries, local elected representatives, specialised institutions, associations, groups of enterprises or artists and citizens in all member States, even those that have not signed the convention. The collection of examples will allow a definition of the different interpretations proposed for the Faro Convention, the situations to which these initiatives respond, and may gradually help in defining indicators to follow up the implementation of the convention in member States.