Culture, Heritage and Diversity

The Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (Faro Convention, 2005)


European societies, being transformed under the combined effects of the economic crisis, energy transition, demographic or migration factors and a reduction in resources, call for new development models driven by greater democracy, strengthened citizen participation and better governance based on more open, reactive and transparent institutions.


In this context, the Council of Europeís Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society is innovative in linking the concept of the "common heritage of Europe" to human rights and the fundamental freedoms for which the Council of Europe remains one of the historic guardians. The Faro Convention provides an original contribution to the issues related to "living together", quality of life and the living environments where citizens wish to prosper.


The Faro Convention, entered into force in 2011 (see "parties to the convention") should be made better known, and actively promoted. It is up to member states, policy makers, public authorities and representatives of civil society to engage resolutely in its ratification and implementation. The Council of Europe is supporting this objective through its "action plan 2014-2015".


Walks Initiatives Workshops Group Faro Community Faro Convention



Finland invites citizens to discuss the value of cultural heritage for society

Marseilles Forum:

Video clip (4 minutes)



Texts of reference

Text of the Convention

Explanatory report

Parties to the Convention




Heritage and Beyond

European Manifesto on Multiple Cultural Affiliation

Dividing lines, connecting lines: Europe's cross border heritage



Marseilles Forum on the social value of heritage and the value of heritage for society, Marseilles (France), 12-13 September 2013



Mikhael de Thyse
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