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

10:00-10:30     Recent decisions of the World Heritage Committee concerning the deliberqte destruction of cultural heritage and UNESCO's action - Franceso Bandarin, Assistant Director General of Culture Sector, UNESCO

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

10:30-10:45     Moderator: Mounir Bouchenaki, Special Advisor for Cultural Heritage, UNESCO Director-General

10:45-11:05     Approaches for the stabilization and conservation of the rear walls at the Buddha niches - Daniele Spizzichino, ISPRA Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale - GEO SGP Geological Survey of Italy, UNESCO Chair on prevention and sustainable management of geo-hydrological hazards

11:05-11:25     Safeguarding and Preservation Activities at the Buddhas of Bamiyan 2004-2016 - Bert Praxenthaler, Conservator, Managing Director, ICOMOS Germany/BRR

11:25-11:45     The Cultural Masterplan Bamiyan: the sustainable dilemma of protection and progress - Kazuya Yamauchi, Professor, Research Institute of Cultural Properties, Teikyo University; Michael Jansen, Professor, GUTech University of Technology

11:45-12:05     Government position on the potential reconstruction of the Eastern Buddha statue - Rasoul BawaryActing Minister of the Afghanistan Ministry of Information and Culture    

12:05-13:00     Discussion

13:00-14:00     Lunch

Session 2: Deliberate destruction of heritage and its recovery

14:00-14:15     Moderator: Mechtild Rössler, Director of the Division for Heritage and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre

14:15-14:35     When a Heritage Site is Reconstructable: lessons learnt in Bosnia - Amra Hadžimuhamedović, Assistant Professor, International University of Sarajevo

14:35-14:55     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

14:55-15:50    Discussion

 15:50-16:10    Coffee/tea

Session 3: Heritage reconstruction in theory

16:10-16:25     Moderator: Jukka Jokilehto, Special Advisor to the Director General of ICCROM

16:25-16:45     Asian perspective of reconstruction of cultural heritage - Nobuko InabaProfessor, World Heritage Studies. Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba

16:45-17:05     Destruction and reconstruction of cultural heritage as future-making - Cornelius Holtorf, Professor, Archaeology, School of Cultural Sciences, Linnaeus University

17:05-17:25     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

17:25-17:45     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 challenge

09:00-09:15     Moderator: Christina Cameron, Professor and Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage, University of Montreal

09:15-09:35     Reconstruction in the United Kingdom: some case studies - Christopher John Young, Heritage Consultancy

09:35-09:55     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

09:55-10:15     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    

10:15-10:50     Discussion

10:50-11:10     Coffee/tea

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

11:10-11:25     Moderator: Toshiyuki Kono, Vice President of ICOMOS, Professor at the Kyushu University

11:25-11:45     A human rights approach to reconstruction due to the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage - Karima Bennoune, Professor of International Law at the University of California- Davis School of Law

11:45-12:05     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

12:05-12:25     A place for the local in heritage reconstruction after violent conflict - Marie Louise Stig Sørensen, Professor, Division of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

12:25-12:45     Role of Intangible Heritage for re-establishment of identities - Aparna Tandon, Project Manager, ICCROM

12:45-13:30     Discussion

13:30-14:30     Lunch

Session 6: Proposal presentations for revitalising the Eastern Buddha statue

(Coffee and tea will be served during the session)

14:30-15:00     Proposal 1

15:00-15:30     Q&A

15:30-16:00     Proposal 2

16:00-16-30     Q&A

16:30-17:00     Proposal 3

17:30-18:00    Q&A


DAY 3 - 29th September

(Coffee and tea will be served during the session)

09:00-09:30     Proposal 4

09:30-10:00     Q&A

10:00-10:30     Proposal 5

10:30-11:00     Q&A

11:00-11:30     Proposal 6

11:30-12:00     Q&A

12:00-13:30     Lunch


Session 7: Drafting/adoption of Tokyo Declaration


13:30-15:00    Drafting session

16:00              Adoption of Tokyo Declaration



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