Macau has become the third Chinese city to join the Organisation of World Heritage Cities (OWHC), following in the footsteps of Suzhou and Dujiangyan.
According to a note from the Cultural Affairs Bureau, the ceremony took place on Friday (August 7) via video-conference.
During the ceremony, the OWHC presented the certificate of membership to the Macau SAR, which was represented by the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Elsie Ao Ieong U, who expressed her heartfelt positive feelings for having the opportunity to witness the official inclusion of Macau as a member city of the OWHC, adding that the “Historic Centre of Macau is not only a testimony to the city’s historical development, but also a crucial cultural resource that lays the cultural ground for and nurtures the city’s future advancement”.
The President of the OWHC and Mayor of Krakow, Poland, Jacek Majchrowski, said Macau is a rare example of a place where the aesthetic, cultural, architectural and technical influences of East and West have met for several centuries
OWHC is an international non-profit and non-governmental entity founded in 1993 aiming to facilitate the implementation of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.