On 23 April 2018, the Cultural Diplomacy Platform organised a forum entitled European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018: International Perspectives. The Cultural Diplomacy Platform wanted to look at the main themes of the EYCH with an international perspective, by inviting panel of speakers coming from 11 countries from outside Europe and inside Europeans. The Forum gathered about 250 participants and was a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge, expertise and latest cultural heritage approaches between the EU and its strategic partners.
- Giovanni Boccardi, Chief of Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit from the Culture Sector, UNESCO, France.
- Markus Hilgert, Director, Vorderasiatisches Museum and Pergamonmuseum, Germany.
- Toshiyuki Kono, Distinguished Professor from Kyushu University and President of ICOMOS, Japan.
- Walter Zampieri, Head of Cultural Unit, European Commission’s Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture.