2017 Philadelphia World Heritage City Celebration - Recap

Delivering on the Promise of Philadelphia’s New World Heritage City Status

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Global Philadelphia Association and the Philadelphia World Heritage Committee held their second annual World Heritage Celebration (click to read more about last year's event) on September 7, 2017, in honor of Philadelphia, our Nation’s First World Heritage City. 500 guests attended the event organized in Philadelphia, at the Crystal Tea Room.

We celebrated in solidarity with 280 World Heritage Cities across the globe in support of the work being done to carry out Philadelphia’s World Heritage Strategic Plan:

Keynote Speaker

Jake Tapper, CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent (click here to watch the speech)

Honorary co-chairs:

Honorable Robert P. Casey, U.S. Senator – Pennsylvania
Honorable Tom Wolf, Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Honorable Thomas Ridge, former Pennsylvania Governor
Honorable Jim Kenney, Mayor, City of Philadelphia
Honorable Michael A. Nutter, former Mayor of Philadelphia

Celebration co-chairs

Honorable Edward Rendell, Former Governor of Pennsylvania & Mayor of Philadelphia
Julie Coker Graham, President and CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

International guests

Lee Minaidis, Deputy Secretary General of the Organization of World Heritage Cities & Former Deputy Mayor of the City of Rhodes (click here to read the speech)
Julie Lemieux, Executive Committee Vice President of Quebec City Government and Advisor for the Organization of World Heritage Cities
Leonel Leal Neto, Director General of CEERI - Center for Studies and Strategies in International Relations, Founder and coordinator of Salvador's candidacy for the title of City of Music, awarded by UNESCO in 2015


And Caleb & Olivia!
The stars of the Philadelphia World Heritage Coloring Book.

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