Speakers from sessions 1-5 and session 7, will be pre-selected by the Symposium’s Scientific Committee members.

Speakers for session 6 will be selected on the basis of technical proposal submissions for revitalising the Eastern Buddha niche.


Technical Meeting - 27th-29th September


DAY 1 - 27th September

08:00-09:00     Registration

Opening Session:     

09:00-09:10     Tokyo University of the Arts

09:10-09:20     Ministry of Information and Culture, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

09:20-09:30     Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

09:30-09-40     UNESCO

09:40-10:00     Coffee/Tea Break

Plenary Session: Intentional destruction of cultural heritage and UNESCO’s response

10:00-10:20   Recent decisions of the World Heritage Committee concerning the deliberqte destruction of cultural heritage and UNESCO's action - Mechtild Rössler, Director of the Division for Heritage and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre

10:20-10:30     General introduction of Bamiyan (Video)     

Session 1: An overall review of the emergency safeguarding interventions atthe Bamiyan World Heritage Property implemented since 2003

Moderator: Mounir Bouchenaki, Special Advisor for Cultural Heritage, UNESCO Director-General

10:30-10:40     The Cultural Masterplan of Bamiyan: the sustainable dilemma of protection and progress - Michael Jansen, Professor, GUTech Unibersity of Technology

10:40-11:00     Archaeological research results in Bamiyan since 2002 - Kazuya Yamauchi, Professor, Research Institute of Cultural Properties, Teikyo University

11:00-11:20     Approaches for the stabilization and conservation of the rear wall at the Buddha niches - Daniele Spizzichino, ISPRA Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale, Dipartimento Difesa del Suolo, SUO-IST (TBC)

11:20-11:40     Safeguarding and Preservation Activities at the Buddhas of Bamiyan 2004-2016 - Bert Praxenthaler, Conservator, Managing Director, ICOMOS Germany/BRR

11:40-12:00     Government position on the potential reconstruction of the Eastern Buddha statue - Rasoul Bawary, Acting Minister of the Afghanisan Ministry of Information and CUlture 

12:00-12:30     Discussion

12:30-13:30     Lunch

Session 2: Deliberate destruction of heritage and its recovery

Moderator: Mechtild Rössler, Director of the Division for Heritage and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre

13:30-13:50     When a Heritage Site is Reconstructable: lessons learnt in Bosnia - Amra Hadžimuhamedović, Assistant Professor, International University of Sarajevo

13:50-14:10     Post-Conflict Reconstruction: The Case of Aleppo vis-à-vis Lessons Learned from Beirut - Zaki Aslan, Director of the ICCROM Athar Regional Conservation Centre, UAE

14:10-14:30     Palmyra, from War and Destruction to Rehabilitation - Douglas C. Comer, Principal, Cultural Site Research and Management

14:30-15:30    Discussion

 15:30-15:50    Coffee/tea

Session 3: Heritage reconstruction in theory

Moderator: Jukka Jokilehto, Special Advisor to the Director General of ICCROM

15:50-16:10     Asian perspective of reconstruction of cultural heritage - Nobuko InabaProfessor, World Heritage Studies. Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba

16:10-16:30     Destruction and reconstruction of cultural heritage as future-making - Cornelius Holtorf, Professor, Archaeology, School of Cultural Sciences, Linnaeus University

16:30-16:50     ICOMOS Guidance on Post Trauma Recovery and Reconstruction for World Cultural Properties and its theoretical framework - Yukio NishimuraPresident of ICOMOS Japan, Professor, Department of Urban Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo

16:50-17:10     ICCROM’s position on heritage reconstruction due to deliberate destruction - Stefano De Caro, Director General of ICCROM

17:45-18:15     Discussion

19:00-20:30   Welcoming dinner


DAY 2 - 28th September

Session 4: Heritage reconstruction in practice – opportunities and challenges

Moderator: Christina Cameron, Professor and Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage, University of Montreal

09:00-09:20     Reconstruction in the United Kingdom: some case studies - Christopher John Young, Heritage Consultancy

09:20-09:40     Attitudes to the Reconstruction of Jewish Synagogues, post-World War II Europe - Michael Turner, Professor, the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, UNESCO Chair in Urban Design and Conservation Studies

09:40-10:10     The reconstruction program of the Mausoleums of Timbuktu in Mali: How have the practices and knowledge of traditional masonry been valued in the process of reconstitution of a cultural heritage intentionally destroyed by the terrorist armed groups? - Lassana Cisse, former National Director of Cultural Heritage, Mali/expert in heritage and local development    

10:10-11:00     Discussion

11:00-11:20     Coffee/tea

Session 5: Community participatory approaches to reconstruction and interpretation – anthropological approach

Moderator: Toshiyuki Kono, Vice President of ICOMOS, Professor at the Kyushu University

11:20-11:40     Learning from Ground Zero: Reconstruction, Deconstruction, and Construction of Heritage at a Site of Destruction - Helaine Iris Silverman, Professor of Anthropology and Director of CHAMP/Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

11:40-12:00     A place for the local in heritage reconstruction after violent conflict - Marie Louise Stig Sørensen, Professor, Division of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

12:00-12:20     Role of Intangible Heritage for re-establishment of identities - Aparna Tandon, Project Manager, ICCROM

12:20-13:00     Discussion

13:00-14:00     Lunch

Session 6: Proposal presentations for revitalising the Eastern Buddha statue (Presenters are in alphabetical order of their coutry)

14:00-14:30     Proposal 1 - China

14:30-15:00     Q&A

15:00-15:30     Proposal 2 - Italy

15:30-16-00     Q&A

16:00-16:20     Coffee/Tea

16:20-16:50     Proposal 3 - Germany 1

16:50-17:20     Q&A

17:20-17:50     Proposal 4 - Germany 2


DAY 3 - 29th September

09:00-09:30     Proposal 5 - Japan

09:30-10:00     Q&A

10:00-10:20     Coffee/Tea

10:20-13:00     Discussion on the Technical Proposals

13:00-14:00     Lunch


Session 7: Drafting/adoption of Tokyo Conclusions

14:00-16:00    Drafting session

16:00              Adoption of Tokyo Conclusions



Public Symposium - 30th September


Opening Session

Welcoming Speech


  • Tokyo University of the Arts
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
  • Agency for Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Education , Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan
  • Ministry of Information and Culture, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

First Session

13:30-14:30     Preserving Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage in the past 50 years - Kosaku Maeda, Emeritus Professor, Wako University, Japan

14:30-14:45     Coffe/Tea

Second Session

14:45-15:05     Recent discussions of the revitalization of the Bamiyan Buddha niches in the recent World Heritage Committee sessions and a summary of a Scientific Technical Meeting of the Eastern Bamiyan Buddha Statue on 27-29 September 2017 - UNESCO

15:05-15:25     Government position on the potential reconstruction of the Eastern Buddha statue - Rasoul Bawary, Minister for Cultural Affairs, Afghanistan Ministry of Information and Culture

Panel Discussion

15:25-17:30     The Future of the Bamiyan statues

Moderator:     Kazuya Yamauchi, Professor, Teikyo Universit


  • Tahir Zuhair, Governor of Bamiyan
  • Deborah Klimburg-Salter, Emeritus Professor, the University of Vienna
  • Michael Petzet, Honorary President of ICOMOS
  • Michael Jansen, Professor, GUTech University of Technology Muscat, Halban
  • Claudio Margottini, Scientific and Technological Attaché in the Italian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt



Top photograph: Jonathan Rider