Connecting American Historic Preservation Practitioners to the UN sustainable development goals, Habitat 3 and the New Urban Agenda
US/ICOMOS is pleased to announce the launch of the Heritage and Sustainable Development Knowledge Community or @usicomos_sd for short. Heritage and Sustainable Development is a joint project of US/ICOMOS, the US members of the ICOMOS International committee on Economics of Conservation (ISCEC) and the firm Heritage Strategies International (HSI), made possible with the support of the US National Park Service. The goal of @usicomos_sd is to use web and social media-based tools to organize US practitioners around sharing international knowledge on heritage and sustainable development.
The launch of @usicomos_sd comes at a critical juncture, just after the adoption by the UN General Assembly of the new global Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) and just before the monumental Habitat 3 meeting in October. The Habitat 3 meeting is expected to create a New Urban Agenda for our times – a roadmap reflecting a global consensus on the path to sustainable cities and towns in the 21st century. As its first focus, @usicomos_sd aims to connect the community revitalization, rightsizing cities and affordable housing work being done by US historic preservationists to this global process. Our work will parallel related US/ICOMOS projects touching on climate change and disaster risk reduction – two more important pillars of the global post-2015 development process.
Heritage and Sustainable Development subscribers will receive notifications when new international sustainable development content is added to the @usicomos_sd Knowledge Community home page. It also offers a new twitter feed, @usicomos_sd, an events calendar and more. These tools are designed to build collaboration, breakdown cost and time barriers to international exchange, harness new technologies and leverage traditional face-to-face exchange programs.
Heritage & Sustainable Development is one of six Knowledge Communities US/ICOMOS is a launching as part of its KnowledgeExchange initiative. KnowledgeExchange uses web and social media-based tools to leverage existing programs like the ICOMOS network of scientific committees. The goal is to equip a wider circle of US preservationists with more international tools that will help them help solve the challenges their communities face, while showcasing innovation in US historic preservation for an international audience. Learn more by visiting http://www.usicomos.org/knowledgeexchange/.
@usicomos_sd is an open source platform and any user may subscribe by visiting http://www.usicomos.org/knowledgeexchange/heritage-as-pillar-of-sustainable-development/.