Following the last cross-cutting Lumbini International Steering Committee meeting which took place in Lumbini in February 2017, this year’s meeting will be held from 21 to 23 February 2018 as a continuation of this successful process.
Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1997, the property ‘Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha’ is located in western Nepal. Lumbini’s spiritual significance and its rich archaeological remains demonstrate that it is not only the birthplace of the Buddha, but that it has also been a place of holy pilgrimage for thousands of years. Since 2010, the UNESCO/Japan Funds-in-Trust (FiT) project ‘Strengthening the Conservation and Management of Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha, World Heritage Property’ has supported the conservation and management of the property, and the first phase was carried out between July 2010 and July 2013. The Lumbini Phase II project began in 2014, with the overall objective of enabling the national authorities to take a proactive and sustainable approach to protecting and managing the World Heritage property, while safeguarding the cultural assets of the greater Lumbini area, in particular of Ramagrama and Tilaurakot.