World Heritage Centre http://whc.unesco.org?cid=305&l=en&action=list&searchDecisions=&search_theme=3&index=81&maxrows=20&mode=rss World Heritage Centre - Committee Decisions 90 en Copyright 2019 UNESCO, World Heritage Centre Sun, 15 Sep 2019 22:43:49 EST UNESCO, World Heritage Centre - Decisions http://whc.unesco.org/document/logowhc.jpg http://whc.unesco.org 37 COM 18A Provisional Agenda of the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee (2014) The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Document WHC-13/37.COM/18A,

2.  Decides that its 38th session will take place in Doha, Qatar from 15 to 25 June 2014;

3.  Requests the World Heritage Centre to consult with the incoming Chairperson regarding the Provisional Agenda and a detailed timetable;

4.  Adopts the Provisional Agenda for the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee in 2014 as contained in Document WHC-13/37.COM/18A.

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37 COM 18B Feasibility study on an additional ordinary session of the World Heritage Committee The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Document WHC-13/37.COM/18B,

2.  Recalling Decision 36 COM 12B adopted at its 36th session;

3.  Considering the costs inherent to the holding of an additional ordinary session of the World Heritage Committee and the financial situation that UNESCO, including its World Heritage Centre, is facing;

4.  Decides not to hold an additional ordinary session in October/November 2013;

5.  Requests the World Heritage Centre to re-assess the eventual possibility of holding an additional ordinary session of this Committee in 2015 and to present a report on this issue at its 39th session in 2015. 

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38 COM 5F.1 Follow-up to the Audit of the Working Methods of Cultural Conventions and to the Evaluation of UNESCO’s Standard-Setting work of the Culture Sector The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-14/38.COM/5F and its Annexes,
  2. Welcomes the findings of the audit and the recommendations offered therein;
  3. Takes note that the General Assembly of States Parties decided to establish a sub-account under the World Heritage Fund with regard to recommendation 1(a), to be funded from Voluntary Contributions and to be used exclusively for enhancing the human capacities of the Secretariat, and with regard to recommendation 1(e) to apply the cost recovery policy for the staff time spent in managing the World Heritage Fund within the limit of the funds made available under the sub-account; recalls the invitation of the General Assembly to States Parties to provide voluntary supplementary contributions to the sub-account in the amount of at least US$1,000,000 per year in total;
  4. Takes further note that the established practice of the Convention with regard to translation and interpretation of statutory meetings – specifically, that costs of interpretation in languages other than English and French for Committee sessions are borne by extrabudgetary contributions – satisfies Recommendation 1(d);
  5. Also welcomes the establishment by the Culture Sector of a Conventions Common Services Unit that aims to support the work of all convention secretariats, as suggested in Recommendation 3, and expects that it will add value and provide cost-effective solutions to the challenges facing the Conventions;
  6. Acknowledges the necessity to prioritize the workload of the Secretariat to align it with available resources (Recommendation 1 (b)), while recalling that the Organization is confronting an unprecedented financial situation that demands creative solutions;
  7. Considers that the annual frequency of sessions of the Committee is appropriate and welcomes the suggestion in Recommendation 1 (c) to reduce the duration and agenda of the sessions;
  8. Takes note of the suggestion to synchronize the meetings of the States Parties to the different Conventions (Recommendation 1 (c)), but considers that this would not be an advantage to States Parties in view of the duration and location of the sessions.
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38 COM 5F.2 Follow-up to the Audit of the Working Methods of Cultural Conventions and to the Evaluation of UNESCO’s Standard-Setting work of the Culture Sector The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-14/38.COM/5F as well as the “Evaluation of UNESCO’s Standard-setting work of the Culture Sector: Part III – 1972 Convention,
  2. Noting that the present evaluation constitues the first such evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of the World Heritage Convention of 1972,
  3. Welcomes the findings of the evaluation and the recommendations offered therein;
  4. Takes note that the current periodic mechanism already includes a number of indicators and considers that Recommendation 1, with regard both to the World Heritage Convention of 1972 and the Recommendation concerning the Protection, at National Level, of the Cultural and Natural Heritage, should be addressed in the framework of the reflection period regarding the implementation modalities of the Periodic reporting exercise, to be launched after the end of the second cycle of Periodic reporting in 2015, thus building on existing mechanisms, avoiding overlap of reporting mechanisms and ensuring greater efficiency;
  5. Also takes note, with regard to Recommendation 2, that the Operational Guidelines include a provision (paragraph 172) aiming to prevent negative impact of development projects on the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage properties, through a recommendation to States Parties to inform the World Heritage Committee about such projects, and that no distinction between national and international investment projects is made;
  6. Calls upon States Parties, with a view to fully satisfy Recommendation 2, to introduce or reinforce existing mechanisms for evaluation of the impact of investment projects, both national and international, on cultural and natural heritage in general, and on World Heritage properties, in particular, and recommends that in this regard they make sustained use of all tools and guidance already developed by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies;
  7. Further takes note of Recommendation 3 and decides to seek technical and legal advice regarding resolution of legal disputes pertaining to the meaning of certain provisions of the Convention and about the scope of obligations arising thereunder, on an ad hoc basis, as cases arise;
  8. Recognizes that the proposals contained in Recommendation 4 are already being addressed by the Secretariat of the Convention of 1972 and the other cultural conventions secretariats, through the creation of Common Conventions Services Unit and that a process of harmonizing the working methods of the conventions is under way, through the Cultural Conventions Liaison Group (CCLG) and takes note that this is work in progress by the Secretariat towards complying with Recommendation 4;
  9. Urges the States Parties to the Convention, in view of complying with Recommendation 4, to enhance coherence in the development of the legal tools that are necessary to make protection of heritage under the relevant UNESCO Standard-setting instruments, effective in their national laws and policies and requests the Secretariat to provide support and assistance to States Parties in this regard, where requested and appropriate;
  10. Further takes note of Decision 194 EX/22 (paragraph 6) by the Executive Board of UNESCO concerning actions to be taken towards implementation of the recommendations of the evaluation of UNESCO’s Standard-setting work of the Culture Sector.
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38 COM 12 Presentation of the final accounts of the World Heritage Fund for 2012-2013, the interim financial statement and the state of implementation of the 2014-2015 budget The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Recalling its decision 35 COM 12B adopted at its 35th session to establish a Budget Working Group as a Standing Consultative Body of the Committee,
  2. Having examined Document WHC-14/38.COM/12,
  3. Takes note of the statement of accounts of the World Heritage Fund for the biennium 2012-2013 and the situation of the reserves and contributions as at 31 December 2013;
  4. Also takes note of the statement of accounts of the World Heritage Fund for the first three months of the biennium 2014-2015 and the situation of the contributions as at 31 March 2014 which indicates a shortfall of about US$ 3 million;
  5. Approves the new presentation related to the consolidated table of allotments and expenditures for activities financed by the three sources of funding, as shown at the end of Annex II of Document WHC-14/38.COM/12;
  6. Notes with concern the impact of the budget reduction of the UNESCO regular budget on programme activities, and appreciates the continuing efforts undertaken to manage and mitigate the challenges brought about by this situation;
  7. Recalls with deep concern the current financial situation of the World Heritage Fund which has hampered its ability to provide for activities related to the Convention, including conservation and management of properties which are a top priority, as well as nominations, and recognizes the necessity to urgently achieve the sustainability of the Fund, which is required to underpin the Convention as a flagship of UNESCO;
  8. Notes that the World Heritage Fund will not increase significantly in future due to the universality of the Convention, as well as the provisions of the Convention that determine the statutory funding of the World Heritage Fund, while at the same time the number of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List will continue to increase;
  9. Considers that without additional contributions being made to the World Heritage Fund, financial resources will not be sufficient to provide for statutory processes, and also notes that there have already been significant cuts to key Convention processes and activities, such as International Assistance, implementation of the Periodic Reporting, development of thematic studies and capacity building;
  10. Recalls that the payment of compulsory and voluntary assessed contributions is, as per the Article 16 of the World Heritage Convention, an obligation incumbent on States Parties having ratified the Convention;
  11. Thanks the States Parties, that have already made their contributions and strongly calls upon the other States Parties, that have not yet paid the totality of their assessed contributions, including voluntary assessed contributions in accordance with Article 16.2 of the Convention, to ensure that their contributions are paid as soon as possible, bearing in mind the repercussions for non-payment which include the inability to access International Assistance;
  12. Also recognizes that States Parties have an obligation to fulfil the objectives of the Convention and have a responsibility to provide sufficient funding for statutory processes and International Assistance;
  13. Strongly encourages the States Parties to contribute to the sub-account for International Assistance and make voluntary contributions by choosing among the options described in Resolution 19 GA 8 as follows:

    - Option 1   : Increasing the standard percentage used in the calculation of the contributions to the World Heritage Fund from 1% to 2%,
    - Option 3.1: Increasing the contributions by a flat rate of US$3,300 per property inscribed,
    - Option 3.2: Increasing the contributions by an additional 4% of the current assessed contribution per property inscribed,
    - Option 3.3: Increasing the contributions by an additional amount per property inscribed, according to a percentage increasing with the number of properties inscribed,
    - Option 3.4: Increasing the contributions by an additional amount per property inscribed, according to a percentage decreasing with the number of properties inscribed,
    - Option 4   : Increasing the contributions on the basis of the number of tourists arrivals at World Heritage Sites,
    - Option 5   : Contributing per activity;
  14. Expresses its concern at the worsened staffing situation of the World Heritage Centre – as expressed in Decision 37 COM 15.I, staffing is not sufficient to implement the statutory activities required by the Convention – and further notes that the World Heritage Centre is increasingly depending on staff hired for the implementation of extrabudgetary activities to implement statutory work, as well as unpaid overtime to ensure the Secretariat functions;
  15. Also strongly encourages States Parties to contribute to the sub-account for “enhancing the human capacities of the World Heritage Centre”;
  16. Requests the World Heritage Centre to report annually to the Committee on the amounts of supplementary voluntary contributions received as well as the contributors of such voluntary contributions;
  17. Decides to approve the budget adjustment requested by ICOMOS in the amount of US$ 126,908;
  18. Also decides to approve the creation of a new budget line for Advisory Missions under the World Heritage Fund (2.0 “Advisory Missions” under “Action 2: Identification, management and promotion of World Heritage”) to be used to the benefit of States Parties falling within the category of Least developed countries, Low-income and Lower middle income countries;
  19. Further decides to re-allocate an amount of US$ 80,000 from the Reactive and Reinforced Monitoring Missions Budget to be reflected under the item Advisory Missions;
  20. Recalling that the rules of the International Assistance mechanism allow funding to be granted for Advisory Missions or other relevant provision of advice, both for preparatory assistance and state of conservation matters, further encourages States Parties which would wish to use such services and fall within the category of Least developed countries, Low-income and Lower middle income countries, and which could not benefit from the Advisory Missions budget, to make use of the International Assistance mechanism, in compliance with the existing rules, procedure and format as set out in the Operational Guidelines (paragraphs 223-257);
  21. Decides furthermore to request the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to prepare a document and to submit it to the Committee for the examination of the role, nature and funding of Advisory Missions, within the framework of the revision of the Operational Guidelines at its 39th session in 2015;
  22. Further recognizes the necessity to urgently achieve the sustainability of the World Heritage Fund and calls on the Secretariat and the Advisory Bodies to propose, in consultation with States Parties, to the Committee for consideration at its 39th session a comparative analysis of options for further efficiency and cost saving measures and resource mobilization that could contribute to the sustainability of the Fund;
  23. Notes with appreciation the supplementary costs absorbed by the Qatari Authorities as host of the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee in addition to those listed in the Statement of Requirements;
  24. Finally requests the World Heritage Centre to report on the implementation of this Decision at its 39th session in 2015.
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40 COM 15 Presentation of the final accounts of the World Heritage Fund for 2014-2015 and implementation of the World Heritage Fund under the biennium 2016-2017 The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/16/40.COM/15 and Document WHC/16/40.COM/13A,
  2. Takes note of the statement of accounts of the World Heritage Fund for 2014-2015;
  3. Notes with appreciation the supplementary costs covered by the Turkish authorities as host of the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee in addition to those listed in the Statement of Requirements;
  4. Recalls that the payment of compulsory and assessed voluntary contributions is, as per Article 16 of the World Heritage Convention, an obligation incumbent on all States Parties which have ratified the Convention;
  5. Thanks States Parties which have already made their contributions for 2016 and calls upon all other States Parties, which have not yet paid the totality of their assessed contributions for 2016, including voluntary contributions in accordance with Article 16.2 of the Convention, to ensure that their contributions are paid as soon as possible;
  6. Encourages States Parties with arrears to expedite payments of their dues and where a State Party is unable to make a one off settlement, the Secretariat is to, as a matter of priority and urgency, finalize a payment schedule to settle outstanding arrears and further implores States Parties to pay their contributions by 31st January to facilitate the timely implementation of activities financed by the World Heritage Fund;
  7. Approves that the operating reserve of the World Heritage Fund cover the request from ICOMOS for additional funding in the amount of US$ 100,839 for 2016, as well as the request of ICOMOS for additional funding in the amount of US$ 158,169 for 2017;
  8. Takes note of the cost estimates of nominations to be examined in 2017, which are listed in Annex V of the present document, according to the Document WHC/16/40.COM/INF.8B3;
  9. Invites the Secretariat to enhance its efforts to provide a clear holistic overview of the global budget framework of the Convention, including the World Heritage Fund, regular budget and extrabudgetary allotments, in the light of the ongoing process towards UNESCO’s integrated budget framework and structured financing dialogue;
  10. Further invites the World Heritage Centre in collaboration with the Advisory Bodies to hold a budget briefing for States Parties during each General Assembly as well as during the information session prior to each session of the Committee;
  11. Further requests the World Heritage Centre in consultation with the Advisory Bodies to formulate a proposal for the 2018-2019 budget of the World Heritage Fund, which is sufficient to meet the statutory requirements as much as possible within the existing budget framework;
  12. Taking note of the priority placed by the World Heritage Committee on conservation and management through Decision 39 COM 15, recommends that the World Heritage Centre, in the budget for the next biennium (2018-2019) give priority to conservation and monitoring activities, and therefore calls for increasing the proportion of the World Heritage Fund dedicated to conservation;
  13. Notes that without supplementary voluntary contributions being made to the World Heritage Fund, the financial resources will be grossly insufficient to provide for the statutory processes as well as International Assistance and Conservation, thereby threatening the credibility of the Convention and the fulfilment of its objectives, as well as the viability of the World Heritage Centre to undertake its operational and administrative functions;
  14. Recognizing the urgent need to ensure the sustainability of the World Heritage Fund and having considered the options for voluntary contributions to this end, calls upon all States Parties to commit to consider allocating supplementary voluntary contributions to the World Heritage Fund;
  15. Recalling proposals by the Secretariat at the 19th and the 20th General Assembly on voluntary contributions, endorses options 1, 4 and 5 of Resolution 19 GA 8, as they were found applicable alternatives presented to the 19th General Assembly, and also the proposal in the document WHC-15/20.GA/8 presented to the 20th General Assembly;
  16. Decides to initiate a consultation process on annual fee for World Heritage listed properties on a voluntary basis and requests the Secretariat to send out a survey to States Parties, in order to verify the possibility of their local administrations in charge of management of inscribed sites, to pay an annual fee to the Fund, depending on their financial autonomy and capacity to pay and report back to the Committee;
  17. Expresses its concern that the Cultural and Natural Heritage have come under unprecedented threat and with deep concern for the sustainability of the World Heritage Fund, calls upon the Executive Board and the General Conference in the light of the ongoing preparations of the document C/5 to allocate more resources from the regular budget to meet statutory requirements for more effective implementation of the 1972 Convention;
  18. Encourages that as a part of its extrabudgetary funding the Secretariat further bolsters its campaign to attract increased and sustained partnerships with the private sector and individual donors, while mindful that funding should not be sought from entities whose activities are incompatible with the aims and principles of UNESCO;
  19. Expresses its concern that the resources of the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies are not sufficient to implement the statutory activities required by the Convention and decides to continue to explore appropriate ways to ensure the sustainability of the Fund, including through extrabudgetary resource mobilization opportunities and additional fund raising possibilities, in collaboration with the World Heritage Centre, other UNESCO competent services, category 2 centres, the Advisory Bodies, States Parties and other organizations, and to develop recommendations in this regard;
  20. Recalls its recommendation to reduce and prioritize the work requested from the Secretariat in view of financial and human resource constraints, and invites the extended ad hoc working group to consider this matter, in accordance with its mandate;
  21. In view of optimisation of the use of the resources of the Fund, emphasizes the importance of securing value for money in the commissioning of advisory services and requests the Secretariat to prepare, if funding available, a comparative mapping of forms and models for use of advisory services (such as evaluation, technical services, etc.) by other international instruments and programmes as a means of benchmarking the price of services, including but not limited to UNESCO site-based conventions and programmes, for consideration by the ad-hoc Working Group at the earliest opportunity and examination by the Committee at its 41st session;
  22. Recalls Decision 35 COM 12B, that default to a minimum two-year cycle for the examination of State of Conservation reports for individual properties on the World Heritage List, and for the discussion of those inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger, is appropriate, except for cases of utmost urgency, as well as Decisions 38 COM 5F.1 and 39 COM 13B, by which the World Heritage Committee “considered that the annual frequency of sessions of the Committee is appropriate” and decides that the option of transferring to a 2-year cycle will not contribute to the credibility and enhancing the impact of the Convention, in addition to not generating any meaningful economy in the World Heritage Fund, and also decides that the annual frequency of sessions of the World Heritage Committee is appropriate;
  23. Requests the World Heritage Centre to report on the implementation of this decision at its 41st session in 2017
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42 COM 16 Election of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairpersons and Rapporteur of the 43rd Session of the World Heritage Committee (2019) The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Recalling its Decision 41 COM 16, adopted at its 41st session (Krakow, 2017), which elected its Bureau whose mandate will be until the end of its 42nd session (Manama, 2018),
  2. Recalls that the hosting of a World Heritage Committee session by a Committee member is subject to the host country signing a host country agreement in conformity with UNESCO’s rules and regulations and that host country agreements for category II meetings must be signed eight months in advance of the meeting;
  3. Also recalls that, pursuant to Rule 44.3 of the Rules of Procedure of the Committee, arrangements by the host country to provide interpretation in another language than the working language of the Committee (English and French), or another official working languages recognized by the United Nations, should be in compliance with UNESCO’s rules, regulations and procedures;
  4. Decides that its 43rd session will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 30 June to 10 July 2019;
  5. Also decides to elect, in accordance with Rule 13.1 of the Rules of Procedure of the Committee, its Bureau with the following composition:
    1. H.E. Mr. Abulfaz Garayev (Azerbaijan) as Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee, whose mandate will begin at the end of the 42nd session of the Committee (Manama, 2018) until the end of the 43rd session of the Committee (2019),
    2. Norway,
      Brazil,
      Indonesia,
      Burkina Faso and
      Tunisia
      as Vice-Chairpersons of the World Heritage Committee, whose mandates will begin at the end of the 42nd session of the Committee (Manama, 2018) until the end of the 43rd session of the Committee (2019),
    3. Mahani Taylor (Australia) as the Rapporteur of the World Heritage Committee whose mandates will begin at the end of the 42nd session of the Committee (Manama, 2018) until the end of the 43rd session of the Committee (2019);
  6. Further decides that the Bureau of the 44th session (2020) will be elected at the end of the 43rd session of the Committee (2019) in accordance with Rule 13.1 of the Rules of Procedure of the World Heritage Committee.
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http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/7172 wh-info@unesco.org Sun, 24 Jun 2018 00:00:00 EST
42 COM 17 Provisional Agenda of the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee (2019) The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/17,
  2. Requests the World Heritage Centre to consult with the Chairperson regarding the Provisional Agenda and a detailed timetable;
  3. Adopts the following Provisional Agenda for its 43rd session in 2019:

PROVISIONAL AGENDA OF THE 43rd SESSION OF THE WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE (2019)

OPENING SESSION

  1. Opening session
  2. Admission of Observers
  3. Adoption of the Agenda and the Timetable

    3A.          Adoption of the Agenda

    3B.          Adoption of the Timetable

    REPORTS
  4. Report of the Rapporteur of the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (Manama, 2018)

  5. Reports of the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies

    5A.          Report of the World Heritage Centre on its activities and the implementation of the World Heritage Committee’s decisions

    5B.          Reports of the Advisory Bodies

    5C.         World Heritage Convention and Sustainable Development

    5D.         Priority Africa, sustainable development and World Heritage

    5E.          Report on strengthening of dialogue between the Advisory Bodies and States Parties

  6. Follow-up to the World Heritage Capacity-Building Strategy and Progress report on the World Heritage-related category 2 centres

    EXAMINATION OF THE STATE OF CONSERVATION

  7. State of conservation of World Heritage properties

    7A.          State of conservation of World Heritage properties inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger

    7B.          State of conservation of World Heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List


    ESTABLISHMENT OF THE WORLD HERITAGE LIST AND OF THE LIST OF WORLD HERITAGE IN DANGER

  8. Nomination process

    8A.          Tentative Lists submitted by States Parties as of 15 April 2019

    8B.          Nominations to the World Heritage List

    8C.         Update of the World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger

    8D.         Clarifications of property boundaries and areas by States Parties

    8E.          Review and approval of retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value


    GLOBAL STRATEGY FOR A REPRESENTATIVE, BALANCED AND CREDIBLE WORLD HERITAGE LIST

  9. Global Strategy for a representative, balanced and credible World Heritage List

    9A.          Upstream Process


    PERIODIC REPORTS
  10. Periodic Reports

    10A.        Progress report on the follow-up to the Second cycle of Periodic Reporting

    10B.        Progress report on the Third cycle of Periodic Reporting


    WORKING METHODS AND TOOLS

  11. Policy Compendium
  12. Follow-up to Recommendations of Evaluations and Audits on Working Methods and outcomes of the ad-hoc working group

    12A.        Follow-up to Recommendations of Evaluations and Audits on Working Methods: outcomes of the ad-hoc working group


    FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES

  13. International Assistance
  14. Report on the execution of the budget for the biennium 2018-2019, budget proposal of the World Heritage Fund for the biennium 2020-2021 and follow-up to Decision 42 COM 14
  15. Other business

    CLOSING SESSION

  16. Election of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairpersons and Rapporteur of the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee (2020)

  17. Provisional Agenda of the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee (2020)

  18. Adoption of Decisions

  19. Closing session 

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