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About the League of Historical Cities

Message from the Chairperson of the LHC

Daisaku Kadokawa

Chairperson of the League of Historical Cities
Mayor of Kyoto


Our present world is reaching an age where the “country” as a stronghold is being replaced by a greater, global society where individual countries are not the single entities they used to be. This situation has had a great impact on the way international societies and local communities function. It is believed that decentralization will be promoted on a global scale, creating a functioning relationship where the nation and regions mutually complement each other as partners. The importance of cooperation with citizens has come to be emphasized.

With the passage of more than 20 years since the founding of the LHC, the World Conference of Historical Cities has promoted borderless and constructive dialogue among historical cities under the theme of “Preservation and Development of the Historical Cities.” The exchanges among cities and citizens all over the world are essential for the historical cities to contribute to the development of civilization, and world peace is a precondition. Realizing the founding purpose and further development of each historical city, I look forward to a continuing close relationship and cooperation with the member cities.

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Message from the Directors of the LHC

Michael Haupl

Director and Vice-Chairperson of the League of Historical Cities, Mayor of Vienna


I am glad that Vienna has been re-elected as a Member of the Board of the League of Historical Cities and as Vice-President together with Xian. Vienna has been active in the League in the past years and will continue to play an active part also in the future. Vienna is a truly international city and hosts a number of international organizations including the United Nations. We are therefore also very interested in actively participating in interregional and interlocal organizations.

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Dong Jun

Director and Vice-Chairperson of the League of Historical Cities, Mayor of Xian


As an ancient capital of thirteen dynasties in China,it is a great honor that Xian has been re-elected to the Board of Directors at the General Assembly held on the occasion of the 12th World Conference of Historical Cities in Nara. I will make every effort to work with all the LHC members to actively promote cultural exchange among historical cities for the protection of cultural heritage and modernization of urban construction. For the future, the city of Xian will fully demonstrate the value of cultural heritage and strengthen international exchanges with other historical cities. Also we will continuously enhance the level of protection and utilization of cultural heritage and create a better living environment for our citizens.

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Des Hudson

Director of the League of Historical Cities
Mayor of Ballarat


Ballarat is proud to continue its role on the Board of Directors of the League of Historical Cities. In terms of built heritage, Ballarat is one of the youngest and smallest members of the League of Historical Cities - however, our history is equally rich, and quite unique. Ballarat’s membership of the League points to our shared interest in heritage and history. Regardless of the respective sizes and ages of the cities we represent, we are bound together by common concerns which go beyond heritage to global issues such as climate change and sustainability. The League provides historical cities of very different complexions with important opportunities to discuss how we can take our cities into the future without compromising our unique heritage and history in the process.

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Choi Yang Sik

Director of the League of Historical Cities
Mayor of Gyeongju


I am honored by the designation of Gyeongju City as the director city of the League of Historical Cities once again through the General Assembly of the LHC 2010 held on the occasion of the 12th World Conference of the Historical Cities. Gyeongju, as a director city of the League of Historical Cities, shall assertively assist with and participate not only in broader exchange between the member cities but also the League’s activities in order to seek resolution of various tasks confronted and advanced in accordance with the purpose of the establishment of the League. Historical cities with excellent cultural resources must be preserved at the global level and passed onto our descendents. The role of the League of Historical Cities and its member cities is highly important in order for us to globally benefit from these precious historical cultures.

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Tahir Akyurek

Director of the League of Historical Cities
Mayor of Konya


I am very honoured that Konya has been elected to the board of directors for the League of Historical Cities. Konya will continue to play an active role in the league and the cooperation between cities.

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Zoran Janković

Director of the League of Historical Cities
Mayor of Ljubljana


I am honoured that Ljubljana, one of the youngest members, has been elected to the board of directors for the League of Historical Cities. Ljubljana strives to ensure its citizens and visitors a quality life in the city by renovating cultural heritage and its connection to modern life, and realising its sustainable strategy of Vision 2025, which follows a comprehensive approach to environment management. The Vision incorporates a plan for environment protection, sustainable mobility, sustainable energy supply, and electro-mobility strategy. As the European Green Capital 2016 in the LHC we will strive for collaboration and exchange of experience among cities in order to preserve cultural heritage for the future generations and guarantee quality living conditions for the citizens.

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