World Monuments Fund, Yangon Heritage Trust Host Forum on Sustainable Development of Yangon, Myanmar
World Monuments Fund (WMF) and Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT) will host an international forum on the sustainable development of Yangon, Myanmar, from January 15–17, 2015. The forum, which will be held in Yangon, is in response to the recent political and economic changes in the country and how they are impacting the historic fabric of the former capital, which 100 years ago was one of the leading trade cities of Asia, home to people from across the globe.
Bonnie Burnham, President, World Monuments Fund, noted that “Yangon is one of the few historic cities in Asia with much of its historic character still in place. The most important priority for safeguarding the historic center of Yangon is to make clear its relevance as an economic and development asset and to bring this message to the leaders of the country. These are worldwide issues, and this forum will highlight how cities around the world have successfully featured their historic centers as places vital for the future.”