Representatives, academics and the mayors of 32 cities from 16 countries and territories around the world attended the 13th World Conference of Historical Cities which opened in the former imperial city of Hue on April 16.

The three day biennial conference, entitled "Defining Universal Heritage, Challenges and Solutions," saw the delegates discuss the best ways of preserving and promoting the cultural values of historic cities.

The conference includes a forum called "Youth Awareness and Action in Promoting Heritage and Traditional Cultural Values", a seminar on "Challenges to Industrial Heritage and Solutions” and a debate on "Heritage Policies and Action Plans for Better Local Governance".

First founded in 1994, the League of Historical Cities now numbers 92 cities, including Hue, which became a member in 2006. Hue is the first city in Southeast Asia to host such an event.VNA