Cultural heritage matters. It shapes a city’s identity and the character of its people. Preserving the past not only showcases that identity and character but also inspires us to treasure and protect them and to build a sustainable future.
The legacies of the past – both physical artefacts and intangible attributes – define cities and are invaluable resources to inspire the people of today as we face up to the existential challenge of climate change that threatens our future.
That is why heritage conservation and sustainability are inseparable concepts. Preserving the treasures of our past informs our collective obligation to safeguard the beauty and diversity of the world we live in now.