The Canada Council for the Arts announced last week the appointment of Christina Cameron as President of the The Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Her term began at the Commission's Annual General Meeting held in Victoria from June 5 to 7, 2014. She was appointed for a term of 2 years, renewable once. Cameron was formerly Vice-President of the Commission from 2010 to 2014.
Cameron is a Professor at the School of Architecture of the Faculty of Environmental Design, Université de Montréal and Canada Research Chair in Built Heritage. She is the author of Many Voices, One Vision: The Early Years of the World Heritage Convention, which explores aspects and effects of the World Heritage Convention of 1972. Cameron also served as Head of the Canadian Delegation and Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee from 1990 to 2008.
Simon Brault, director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts, acknowledged "Ms. Cameron’s outstanding contribution and international reputation in the management and protection of the World Heritage."
The Commission, which operates within the Canada Council, serves as a forum for governments and civil society, in order to promote the participation of organizations and individuals in the activities of UNESCO in the fields of education, natural and social sciences and humanities, as well as culture, communication and information. The Commission also consults members of civil society and various levels of government to prepare Canada’s contribution to UNESCO and implement the organization’s programs and activities in Canada.