(Quebec) While Quebec is still wondering how to honor the memory of Jean-Paul L’Allier, the heritage city of Oaxaca, Mexico, inaugurated last week the Biblioteca Jean-Paul L’Allier in its historic district. Moreover, the mayor, Javier Jiménez Villacana, will use the meeting of the Board of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC), Monday and Tuesday in Istanbul, to propose the establishment of a international network of libraries Jean-Paul L’Allier.
The Biblioteca Jean-Paul L’Allier has a mandate to collect and disseminate information to promote the heritage, especially among young people. Which explains why it was launched in collaboration with the College Jose Maria Murguia y Gallardi, who sold the space for this project.
The mayor of Oaxaca is the vice president of the OWHC Board. Julie Lemieux Advisor will represent Quebec City in this two-day meeting of its board of directors.
For the secretary general of the organization, Denis Ricard, the initiative of Oaxaca demonstrates the enormous prestige of Jean-Paul L’Allier within this community. He points to the many expressions of sympathy and friendship received in writing or verbally to the death of Mr. L’Allier, on 5 January. Messages from Vietnam, Algeria, Chile, Sri Lanka, the United States and several European countries, we should read on the website of the OWHC.
L’Allier, the unifier
He recalled that the Organization of World Heritage Cities has established the Jean-Paul L’Allier Prize highlights, every two years, the efforts of a city concerning the conservation, enhancement or management a property inscribed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage.
In 1991, Mr. L’Allier was held in Quebec from 41 cities around the world, to lay the foundation of this organization which was founded in 1993 in Fez, Morocco. He was president until 1999.
The organization currently reaches 268 cities have a site inscribed by UNESCO on the World Heritage List. Its purpose is to assist these cities to the challenges of obtaining property status. The Secretary General, Denis Ricard adds that at its last general meeting in Arequipa, Peru, in November, members have accepted the principle of expanding the membership. “Until now, we only accept the cities that had a territory recognized by UNESCO. With us, it is the Old Quebec. But after the city of Philadelphia pressures, where Independence Hall is located, Mayor Michael Nutter argued that this was the birthplace of the United States, a site recognized by UNESCO. ”
Until then, Philadelphia had observer status. “Mayor Nutter has asked that his city is a full member. It’s been accepted, making it that under this principle, we now have a potential of 632 member cities. So we will work in that direction, which is to the advantage of the organization and of Quebec, “added Denis Ricard. He noted in passing the importance of this organization is headquartered in Quebec City, with all that that entails visibility and activities such as translation, legal or tax services.
The Organization of World Heritage Cities is in good financial health. With the exception of Mr. Ricard salary – Secretary General is on loan from the Quebec government – the funding of the organization comes from the participating cities. Only mayors who have paid their annual dues are admitted to the General Assembly, which meets every two years. The board, which met in Istanbul, consists of eight mayors and meets at least once a year.