World Heritage Centre http://whc.unesco.org?cid=305&l=en&year_start=2003&year_end=2003&action=list&searchDecisions=&maxrows=20&mode=rss World Heritage Centre - Committee Decisions 90 en Copyright 2019 UNESCO, World Heritage Centre Sat, 19 Oct 2019 20:16:34 EST UNESCO, World Heritage Centre - Decisions http://whc.unesco.org/document/logowhc.jpg http://whc.unesco.org 6 EXT.COM 1 Openning of the Session The 6th extraordinary session of the World Heritage Committee was opened by Mr Tamás Fejérdy, (Hungary) Chairperson on 17 March 2003 at UNESCO Headquarters. He welcomed Mr Koïchiro Matsuura the Director-General of UNESCO and the 21 members of the Committee: Argentina, Belgium, China, Colombia, Egypt, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Oman, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Zimbabwe4.

73 States Parties to the World Heritage Convention who are not members of the Committee were represented as observers: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Benin, Brazil, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Eritrea, France, Gabon, Germany, Grenada, Haiti, Holy See, Honduras, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malaysia, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Venezuela and Vietnam.

The Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to UNESCO also participated at this session as an observer.

Representatives of the Advisory Bodies to the Committee, namely the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of the Cultural Property (ICCROM), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN) also attended the session.

The World Heritage Committee,

Accepts the presence of individuals and representatives of the following international governmental organizations (IGOs), international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) and non- governmental organizations (NGOs) at the session:

  • Bird Life International
  • Ms Alessandra Borchi, LUISS University of Rome
  • Kulturarv utan Gränser / Cultural Heritage without Borders
  • Europa Nostra
  • European Center of Byzantine and Postbyzantine Monuments (EKBMM)
  • National Heritage Trust Fund Mauritius
  • Ms Dominique Sewane (Consultant)
  • United Nations Foundation (UNF)
  • The Wilderness Society (Australia)
  • Yachay Wasi
The List of Participants at the 6th extraordinary session is included as Annex I to this document.
4 The Members of the Bureau are : T. Fejérdy (Chairperson, Hungary), B. Selfslagh (Rapporteur, Belgium), China, Egypt, Greece, Mexico and South Africa]]>
http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/6166 wh-info@unesco.org Mon, 17 Mar 2003 00:00:00 EST
6 EXT.COM 2 Adoption of the Agenda The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Noting the invitation it has received to attend the information meeting on the Draft Declaration concerning the Intentional Destruction of Cultural Heritage to be held on 18 March from 10 to 12 a.m;
  2. Decides to cancel its session planned at the same time as the information meeting to allow those delegations who wish to participate in that meeting to do so;
  3. Noting the linkages between agenda items 3, 4, 5 and 6 of its extraordinary session ;
  4. Decides to work in plenary to the extent possible;
  5. Adopts the Agenda and Timetable as presented in WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/2 Rev 1.
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6 EXT.COM 3 Revision of the Rules of Procedure of the World Heritage Committee The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Adopts the Rules of Procedure as revised by the World Heritage Committee and included as Annex II to this document.
  2. Decides that it enter immediately into effect, with the exception of Rule 13.1. and for which the following transition provisions will be used:
    1. At the beginning of its 27th ordinary session (Suzhou, June/July 2003), the World Heritage Committee will elect a Bureau whose term will start at that session until the opening of the 28th ordinary session of the Committee (June 2004);
    2. At the beginning of its 28th ordinary session (June/July 2004), the World Heritage Committee will elect a Bureau whose term will start at that session and will last until the end of the 29th ordinary session (June 2005). Among the members of the Bureau, the Committee will designate a first Chairperson whose six-month mandate will extend from the 28th ordinary session (June 2004) until 31 December 2004, as well as a second Chairperson whose six-month mandate will extend from 1 January 2005 to the end of the 29th ordinary session in June 2005;
    3. New Rule 1 of the Rules of Procedure will enter into force starting from the 29th ordinary session of the Committee (June 2005).
  3. Requests the World Heritage Centre to include a Table of Contents to make the revised Rules of Procedure more user-friendly, and to arrange for the printing and distribution of the revised Rules of Procedure in advance of the 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (Suzhou, China, 29 June -5 July 2003).
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6 EXT.COM 4 Policy and legal issues concerning inscription of properties on the List of Lorld Leritage in Danger and the potential deletion of properties from the World Heritage List The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Decides to maintain in the revised Operational Guidelines existing text from the July 2002 Operational Guidelines concerning:
    1. reactive monitoring (paragraph 68),
    2. the development of a programme of corrective measures (paragraphs 22, 46b, 86, 87 and 89),
    3. inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger (paragraphs 80-93) and,
    4. possible deletion from the World Heritage List (paragraphs 46-56).
  2. Requests the World Heritage Centre to re-order the text in the revised Operational Guidelines to ensure a logical and consistent presentation of the procedures for management and monitoring, reactive monitoring of the state of conservation of World Heritage properties, inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger and deletion from the World Heritage List.
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6 EXT.COM 5.1 Revision Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention The World Heritage Committee,

1. Thanking the Drafting Group and all other experts, representatives of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention, the Advisory Bodies and the World Heritage Centre for work accomplished to date on the revision of the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention;

2. Taking note of the Report of the March 2002 Drafting Group on the Revision of the Operational Guidelines presented as document WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/INF.5A;

3. Considering that the 3rd Draft Revised Operational Guidelines presented in document WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/INF.5B represents a substantial effort, but that further work is required to reflect the recent decisions of the Committee (in particular Decisions 6 EXT.COM 3 and 6 EXT.COM 4 and 6 EXT.COM 7) and to make them more userfriendly;

4. Recalling the decision of the 25th session of the Committee to allocate US $ 50,000 from the World Heritage Fund in 2003 for the revision of the Operational Guidelines and the subsequent decision 26 COM 24.2 (paragraph 3) to reduce this amount to US $ 22,000;

5. Taking into account decision 6 EXT COM 5.2 relating to the preparation of a volume of the Basic Texts of the Convention;

6. Requests the World Heritage Centre, working in collaboration with the Advisory Bodies, to carry out the tasks itemized below in the Technical Annex in order to present revised user-friendly Operational Guidelines to the World Heritage Committee for adoption at its 27th session (Suzhou, China 29 June-5 July 2003);

7. Decides to include an item on the adoption of the revised Operational Guidelines on the agenda of the 27th session of the Committee (Suzhou, China 29 June-5 July 2003).

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6 EXT.COM 5.2 World Heritage Basic Texts The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Taking note of the proposal by the Belgian Delegation (presented in Figure 1 of document WHC-02/CONF.202/15) for the preparation of a compilation of World Heritage Basic Texts like the Basic Texts of UNESCO and of the positive comments on this proposal received from States Parties in responses to Circular Letter CL/WHC.12/02 concerning the revision of the Rules of Procedure;
  2. Requests the World Heritage Centre, to prepare an outline and publication plan (including budget) for a compilation of World Heritage Basic Texts in English and French (to include the World Heritage Convention, the Budapest Declaration, the Operational Guidelines, the Rules of Procedure of the World Heritage Committee, the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention and the Financial Regulations of the World Heritage Fund) for presentation to the 28th session of the World Heritage Committee in 2004;
  3. Further requests the World Heritage Centre, working in collaboration with the Advisory Bodies, to present to the 28th session of the World Heritage Committee in 2004 a budgeted proposal for the preparation of guidance documents for the protection of World Heritage properties that would supplement the Operational Guidelines. These could include detailed guidance on the nomination and management of certain types of World Heritage properties, case studies of best practices, or guidance on other particular related issues.
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6 EXT.COM 5.3 Handbook on the World Heritage Convention The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Taking into account the proposal made by the World Heritage Centre to prepare a handbook on the World Heritage Convention similar to the Handbook on the Convention of Biological Diversity presented during the 26th ordinary session of the Committee, Budapest, 2002 (document WHC-02/CONF.202/15, section VII, paragraphe 36); 
  2. Invites the World Heritage Centre, in consultation with interested States Parties and the Advisory Bodies, to develop an outline, publication plan (including budget and potential publisher) and a proposal for financing a Handbook on the World Heritage Convention in English and French for presentation to the 28th session of the World Heritage Committee in 2004.
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6 EXT.COM 5.4 New numbering system for the combined criteria (i) to (x) The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Requests the World Heritage Centre to ensure that all future publications of the World Heritage List indicate the criteria according to which properties were inscribed on the List using the new numbering system for the combined criteria (i) to (x).
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6 EXT.COM 5.5 Visual Identity The World Heritage Committee,

Decides that the proposed World Heritage Visual Identity will not be included on the agenda for the 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (Suzhou, June/July 2003).

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6 EXT.COM 6 Revised structure of the budget of the world heritage fund The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Welcomes the proposed structure which reflects the Strategic Objectives adopted by the Committee at its 26th ordinary session (Budapest, 2002) and that it is coherent with the structure of the budget proposed in the Draft Programme and Budget of UNESCO, 2004-2005 (32 C/5);
  2. Thanks the Working group and the World Heritage Centre for their constructive and collaborative proposal for a new budget structure of the World Heritage Fund;
  3. Adopts the revised Budget Structure consisting of Tables 1, 2 and 3 and Attachments 1 to 5, and included as Annex III to this document;
  4. Requests the World Heritage Centre to use the revised Budget Structure in the preparation of the 2004-2005 budget of the World Heritage Fund to be presented to the 27th ordinary session of the World Heritage Committee (Suzhou, China, 29 June -5 July 2003).
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6 EXT.COM 7 Nominations to be examined by the World Heritage Committee in 2004 The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Takes note of the list of all nominations received by the World Heritage Centre between 28 January 2002 and 1 February 2003 as presented in document WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/7 Rev;
  2. Decides that the 32 new nominations determined by the World Heritage Centre to be complete by 1 February 2003 and four additional nominations for which the Centre had asked for guidance from the Committee be transmitted to the Advisory Bodies for evaluation.
  3. Requests the World Heritage Centre to assist States Parties who have submitted incomplete nominations to make them complete for submission in future years.
  4. Requests the World Heritage Centre to further develop, for inclusion in the revised Operational Guidelines (see decision 6 EXT. COM 5), an accurate description of the process and the list of requirements to be used by the World Heritage Centre to determine whether a nomination is complete. This revision should build upon text proposed in Paragraph II.E.1 and Annex VI of the 3rd draft annotated revised Operational Guidelines presented in document WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/ INF.5B.
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6 EXT.COM 8 Adoption of the report of the session 6 EXT.COM 8.1

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Adopts the decisions presented in document WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/8, with amendments as agreed;

6 EXT.COM 8.2

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Takes note of the draft Summary Record of the 6th extraordinary session of the World Heritage Committee prepared as information document WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/INF.8 ;
  2. Requests the participants to send corrections to their own statements in writing to the World Heritage Centre by Friday, 28 March 2003.
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6 EXT.COM 9 Closure Of The Session The 6th extraordinary session of the World Heritage Committee was closed on 22 March 2003 by the Chairperson, Mr Tamás Fejérdy (Hungary). He thanked the Committee for its work, all those who had participated, prepared and organised the session, underscoring the important outcomes. He also thanked the Spanish authorities for providing interpretation into Spanish.

Finally, the Chairperson made reference to the ongoing war in Iraq. Recalling the Committee's responsibilities to follow the situation closely, he assured the Committee that he and the World Heritage Centre would keep them informed of any further development.

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14 GA 2 Election of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairpersons and Rapporteur of the General Assembly 1. Elected H.E. Mr Ahmad Jalali (Islamic Republic of Iran) as Chairperson of the 14th General Assembly,
2. Elected Ms Alissandra Cummins (Barbados) as Rapporteur of the 14th General Assembly,
3. Elected France, Nigeria, and Uganda as Vice-Chairpersons of the 14th General Assembly.]]>
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14 GA 3.1 Revision of the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly 1. Decides to amend Rule 2.1 of its Rules of Procedure to read:
2.1 The representatives of Member States of UNESCO not parties to the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural heritage and permanent observer missions to UNESCO may participate in the work of the Assembly as observers, without the right to vote, and subject to Rule 7.3.
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14 GA 3.2 Revision of the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly 1. Decides to amend Rule 10.1 of its Rules of Procedure to read:
10.1 The working languages of the Assembly shall be Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
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14 GA 4.1 New voting mechanism and revision of procedures for election of the members of the World Herittage Committee
1. Taking into consideration the decision of the 27th session of the World Heritage Committee on the new voting mechanism and revision of the procedures for election of the members of the World Heritage Committee (decision 27 COM 18A.4),
2. Decides not to amend Rule 13 of its Rules of Procedure on the election of members of the World Heritage Committee.]]>
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14 GA 4.2 New voting mechanism and revision of procedures for election of the members of the World Herittage Committee
1. Noting the decision of the 27th session of the World Heritage Committee on procedures for the presentation of candidatures to the World Heritage Committee (decision 27 COM 18A.2),
2. Decides to include the following text as new Rule 13 - Procedures for the presentation of candidatures to the World Heritage Committee[1] :

13.1 The Secretariat shall ask all States Parties, at least three months prior to the opening of the General Assembly, whether they intend to stand for election to the World Heritage Committee. If so, its candidature should be sent to the Secretariat at least six weeks prior to the opening of the General Assembly.
13.2 At least four weeks prior to the opening of the General Assembly the Secretariat shall send to all States Parties the provisional list of States Parties candidates. The Secretariat will also provide information on the status of all compulsory and voluntary contributions to the World Heritage Fund made by each of the candidates. This list of candidatures will be revised as necessary.
13.3 This list of candidatures shall be finalised 48 hours before the opening of the General Assembly. No other candidatures nor payments of compulsory and voluntary contributions to the World Heritage Fund (for the purpose of presenting a candidature to the Committee) will be accepted in the 48-hour period prior to the opening of the General Assembly.

[1] The numbering of the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly will thus be amended accordingly.

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14 GA 5 Report of the Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee on the activities of the World Heritage Committee
1. Having examined the financial situation of the World Heritage Fund and the contribution of UNESCO to the activities of the World Heritage Centre as planned in the 32 C/5,
2. Recognizing the need to increase the financial resources from the UNESCO Regular Budget for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention,
3. Recalling Decision 27 COM 11 of the World Heritage Committee at its 27th session (Paris, 2003),
4. Recalling its wish that the 32nd General Conference allocate an additional US$ 1 million for activities directed at the implementation of the World Heritage Convention,
5. Invites the World Heritage Centre to inform the World Heritage Committee at its 28th session (Suzhou, China, 2004), as to the use of the referred additional amount, based on Main Line of Action 2 of Sub-programme IV.2.1 of document 32 C/5, according to Decision 27 COM 11.3,
6. Recommends that, when preparing the draft document 33 C/5, the Director-General explore additional resources for the activities of the World Heritage Centre from the Regular Budget of UNESCO, in consultation with the World Heritage Committee;
7. Further recommends that when preparing the draft document 33 C/5 the Director-General also seek additional extrabudgetary resources for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention;
8. Acknowledges and expresses thanks to those donors who have supported the activities of the World Heritage Centre.]]>
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14 GA 6 Examination of the statement of accounts of the World Heritage Fund, including the status of the States Parties' contributions
1. Having examined the accounts of the World Heritage Fund for the financial period ending 31 December 2001 (see Section I of document WHC-03/14.GA/INF.6) in conformity with the Financial Regulations of the World Heritage Fund that stipulate that the accounts of the Fund shall be submitted to the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention (Article 6, paragraph 6.4),
2. Approves the accounts of the World Heritage Fund for the financial period ending 31 December 2001;
3. Takes note of the accounts of the World Heritage Fund for 2002, approved by the Comptroller (see Section III of document WHC-03/14.GA/INF.6)]]>
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