World Heritage Centre http://whc.unesco.org?cid=305&l=en&year_start=2013&action=list&searchDecisions=&index=21&maxrows=20&mode=rss World Heritage Centre - Committee Decisions 90 en Copyright 2019 UNESCO, World Heritage Centre Sat, 21 Sep 2019 22:30:00 EST UNESCO, World Heritage Centre - Decisions http://whc.unesco.org/document/logowhc.jpg http://whc.unesco.org 1 EXT.GA 2B Adoption of the Timetable of the 1st extraordinary session of the General Assembly The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-14/1 EXT.GA/2B,
  2. Adopts the Timetable as included in the above-mentioned document.
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http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/6411 wh-info@unesco.org Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
1 EXT.GA 3 Revision of the rules of procedure of the General Assembly The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined Documents WHC-14/1EXT.GA/3 and WHC-14/1EXT.GA/INF.3,
  2. Recalling Resolution 19 GA 4 adopted at its 19th session (UNESCO, 2013),
  3. Thanking H.E. Ambassador Jean-Frédéric Jauslin (Switzerland) and the open-ended Working Group for the revision of the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention, for the work accomplished,
  4. Decides to amend its Rules of Procedure as follows (amendments are in strikethrough and in bold):

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   Members of the World Heritage Committee may stand again for election after a gap
of 4 years 6 years after the expiry of their mandate.
13.3    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.
13.4    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.
 
Rule 14 - Election of members of the World Heritage Committee
 
14.1    a) The election of members of the World Heritage Committee shall be conducted by secret ballot whenever five or more delegations having the right to vote so request, or if the Chairperson so decides.
b) In case one or more electoral group(s), as defined by the UNESCO General Conference at its most recent session[2], might have no State Party in the composition of the next Committee[3], one seat per such electoral group(s) shall be reserved. The election of the members of the World Heritage Committee shall be conducted on the basis of the composition of the electoral groups of UNESCO, as determined by the UNESCO General Conference at its most recent session, it being understood that ‘Group V’ shall consist of two separate groups, for the African States and Arab States respectively.
c) Notwithstanding, at each election, one seat shall be reserved for States Parties with no property on the World Heritage List. Seats shall be allocated for each electoral group as follows: two (2) seats for Group I, two (2) seats for Group II, two (2) seats for Group III, three (3) seats for Group IV, four (4) seats for Group Va, two (2) seats for Group Vb. An additional seat shall be allocated for Group III and Group IV on a rotational basis.
d) Notwithstanding, at each election, due consideration shall be given to the election of at least one State Party which has never served as a Member of the World Heritage Committee.
e) In case the above formula cannot be practically applied, an exceptional arrangement may be made to accommodate such special circumstances.
d) f) Ballot(s) for reserved allocated seat(s) shall precede the ballot(s) for the remaining seats to be filled. Unsuccessful candidates in a ballot for any reserved allocated seat shall be eligible to stand for election in subsequent ballot(s).
14.2    Before the election begins, the Chairperson shall appoint two tellers from among the delegates present; he/she shall hand to them the list of States entitled to vote and the list of States candidates. He/She shall announce the number of seats to be filled.
14.3    The Secretariat shall distribute to the delegations a voting paper in the form of a list of all the States which are candidates.
14.4    Each delegation shall cast its vote by encircling the names of those States for which it desires to vote.
14.5    The tellers shall collect from each delegation their voting paper and shall proceed to count the votes, under the supervision of the Chairperson.
14.6    Voting papers on which all names of States have been circled shall be considered to be abstentions.
14.7    Voting papers on which more names have been circled than there are seats to be filled shall be considered invalid.
14.8       a) Ballot for the allocated seats
In all ballots, The candidate(s) obtaining in the first round, an absolute majority (more than half of the valid votes cast by States Parties present and voting) the highest number of votes shall be declared elected in the sequential order of the number of votes obtained from the highest to the lowest, up to the number of seat(s) to be filled. If there still remain seat(s) to be filled, there shall be a second round. In case two or more candidates obtain the same number of votes for the seat(s) remaining to be filled, a second round shall be held for those candidates to fill those remaining seat(s).
b) Ballot for the open (non allocated) seats
The candidate(s) obtaining in the first round, more than half of the valid votes cast by States Parties present and voting shall be declared elected in the sequential order of the number of votes obtained from the highest to the lowest, up to the number of seat(s) to be filled. If there still remain seat(s) to be filled, there shall be a second round.
14.9   In the second round, the candidate(s) obtaining the greatest highest number of votes, up to the number of seat(s) to be filled, shall be declared elected.
14.10 If in the second round, two or more candidates obtain the same number of votes, and, as a result, the number of these candidates is greater than the remaining number of seats to be filled, there shall be an additional round of voting restricted to those candidates who obtained the same number of votes. If in this additional round of voting, two or more candidates obtain the same number of votes, the Chairperson shall decide by drawing lots among them in order to allocate the remaining seat(s).
14.11 After each round, the Chairperson shall announce the results.
 
5. Reiterates its strong request to States Parties and electoral groups to provide a sufficient number of candidates for each seat and each election to ensure a genuine choice at each election;
6. Also decides that the rotational order for the attribution of the floating seat for Group III and Group IV shall be decided by the General Assembly of States Parties at its 20th ordinary session in 2015.
7. Further decides to introduce a standard candidature format for the presentation of experts (model to be developed by the Secretariat);
8. Requests the World Heritage Centre to develop a standard candidature format for the presentation of experts to be submitted to the General Assembly of States Parties at its 20th ordinary session in 2015.

[1] Resolution 13 GA 9 (paragraph 6) invites the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention, to voluntarily reduce their term of office from six to four years.

[2] It being understood that “Group V” shall consist of two separate groups for the African and Arab States.

[3] That is to say, that either there is no State Party in the composition of the Committee from a given electoral group at the beginning of the ordinary session of the General Conference, or that the term of office of all States Parties from a given electoral group expires at the end of the ordinary session of the General Conference.

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1 EXT.GA 4 Closure of the session No Resolution

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20 GA 1A Opening of the General Assembly by the representative of the Director-General No Resolution.

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http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/6564 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST
20 GA 1B Election of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairpersons and Rapporteur of the General Assembly The General Assembly,

  1. Elects E. Mr. MORAES CABRAL (Portugal) as Chairperson of the 20th General Assembly,
  2. Elects DANTAS DA COSTA (Brazil) as Rapporteur of the 20th General Assembly,
  3. Elects China and Palestine as Vice-Chairpersons of the 20th General Assembly.
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http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/6565 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST
20 GA 2A Adoption of the Agenda of the 20th session of the General Assembly The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-15/20.GA/2A,
  2. Adopts the Agenda included in the above-mentioned Document, as amended.
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http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/6566 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST
20 GA 2B Adoption of the Timetable of the 20th session of the General Assembly The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-15/20.GA/2B,
  2. Adopts the timetable of its 20th session as included in the above-mentioned document.
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http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/6567 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST
20 GA 3 Report of the Rapporteur of the 19th session of the General Assembly (UNESCO, 2013) The General Assembly,

  1. Takes note of the report of the Rapporteur of the 19th session of the General Assembly (UNESCO, 2013).
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http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/6568 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST
20 GA 4 Report of the Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee on the activities of the World Heritage Committee The General Assembly,

  1. Takes note of the report of the Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee on the activities of the World Heritage Committee.
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http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/6569 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST
20 GA 5 Report by the Chairperson of the 1st extraordinary session of the General Assembly (UNESCO, 2014). The General Assembly,

  1. Takes note of the report of the Chairperson of the 1st extraordinary session of the General Assembly (UNESCO, 2014).
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http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/6570 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST
20 GA 6 Elections to the World Heritage Committee The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined Documents WHC-15/20.GA/6, WHC-15/20.GA/INF.6A.Rev, WHC-15/20.GA/INF.6B and WHC-15/20.GA/INF.6C,
  2. Recalling Resolution 1 EXT.GA 3, adopted at its 1st extraordinary session (UNESCO, 2014), and in particular its paragraph 6 which requested the General Assembly of States Parties at its 20th ordinary session in 2015 to decide on the attribution of the floating seat for Group III or Group IV,
  3. Decides that the floating seat allocated on a rotational basis for Group III and Group IV, as defined in Rule 14.1c) of the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly, is de facto already allocated to Group IV at its 20th session in 2015, shall be allocated to Group III at its 21st session in 2017, and shall rotate between Groups III and IV at each subsequent session;
  4. Elects the following nine States Parties: Angola, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Cuba, Indonesia, Kuwait, Tunisia, United Republic of Tanzania and Zimbabwe as members of the World Heritage Committee;
  5. Approves the candidature format for experts in the field of cultural/natural heritage as contained in Document WHC-15/20.GA/INF.6C.
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http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/6571 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST
20 GA 7 Examination of the statement of accounts of the World Heritage Fund, including the status of the States Parties' contributions The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined Documents WHC-15/20.GA/7 and WHC-15/20.GA/INF.7,
  2. Having in particular examined the accounts of the World Heritage Fund for the financial period ended 31 December 2013,
  3. Approves the accounts of the World Heritage Fund for the financial period ended 31 December 2013;
  4. Takes note of the financial statements relating to the World Heritage Fund for the period 1 January 2014 to 30 June 2015.
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http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/6572 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST
20 GA 8 Determination of the amount of the contributions to the World Heritage Fund in accordance with the provisions of Article 16 of the World Heritage Convention The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined Documents WHC-15/20.GA/7, WHC-15/20.GA/INF.7, WHC-15/20.GA/8 and WHC-15/20.GA/INF.8,
  2. Recalling Resolution 19 GA 8 adopted at its 19th session (UNESCO, 2013),
  3. Recalling World Heritage Committee Decisions 38 COM 13, 39 COM 11 and 39 COM 13A on the mandate of the ad hoc working group of the World Heritage Committee to further discuss and make recommendations inter alia on the sustainability of the World Heritage Fund,
  4. Recalling Article 16 paragraph 1 of the World Heritage Convention on the determination, in the form of a uniform percentage, of the amount of the contributions to be paid to the World Heritage Fund by States Parties,
  5. Decides to set at 1% the percentage for the calculation of the amount of the contributions to be paid to the World Heritage Fund by States Parties for the financial period 2016-2017;
  6. Notes the status of compulsory and voluntary contributions to the World Heritage Fund as presented in Document WHC-13/19.GA/INF.8;
  7. Takes note of the Secretariat’s proposal in Document WHC-15/20.GA/8 and invites the ad hoc working group of the World Heritage Committee to further examine it, in accordance with its mandate;
  8. Notes the financial difficulties that the World Heritage Fund is facing and recalls, in this regard, that the assessed annual contributions to the World Heritage Fund are a legal obligation;
  9. Reiterates the plea of the World Heritage Committee to States Parties to the Convention to pay their assessed annual contributions by 31 January in order to facilitate the timely implementation of the activities financed by the World Heritage Fund, and invites the General Assembly to consider at its next session potential measures concerning arrears;
  10. Decides to include on the agenda of its next session in 2017 proposals by the ad hoc working group of the World Heritage Committee on the sustainability of the World Heritage Fund following its discussion at the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee (Istanbul, 2016).
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http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/6573 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST
20 GA 9 Global Strategy for a representative, balanced and credible World Heritage List: Report on the Follow-up to Resolution 19 GA 9 The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined document WHC-15/20.GA/9,
  2. Recalling Resolution 19 GA 9 adopted at its 19th session (UNESCO, 2013),
  3. Takes note of the good follow-up of most of the recommendations of the implementation as detailed in the implementation plan updated for 2014-2015 and document 196 EX/23.INF.4;
  4. Also takes note of the amendments made by the World Heritage Committee to its Rules of Procedure in order to implement recommendations 12 and 20 of the independent evaluation;
  5. Strongly urges the World Heritage Committee to continue implementing any pending requests in relation to its mandate;
  6. Also urges the World Heritage Committee to pursue the efforts undertaken to link the follow-up of the Implementation Plan for the recommendations of the independent evaluation on the Global Strategy and the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan drawn up as part of the reflections on the Future of the World Heritage Convention;
  7. Requests the World Heritage Centre to include any further follow-up in the Report of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage on its activities (2016-2017) to be presented to the General Assembly at its 21st session in 2017.
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http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/6574 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST
20 GA 10 AD HOC WORKING GROUP ON WORKING METHODS OF THE EVALUATION AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESS OF NOMINATION: FOLLOW-UP TO DECISION 39 COM 13A The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-15/20.GA/10 and recalling document WHC-15/39.COM/13A which contains the outcomes of the ad hoc working group that examined the issues related to working methods of the evaluation and decision-making process of nomination,
  2. Recalling also Decisions 39 COM 13A and 39 COM 11,
  3. Expresses its appreciation to the German leadership and the delegates of Algeria, Finland, Germany, India, Jamaica, Japan, Lebanon, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Senegal, Serbia, and the United Republic of Tanzania, as well as the representatives of the Advisory Bodies and the World Heritage Centre for their work;
  4. Welcomes the reflections and recommendations of the ad hoc working group with regard to the working methods of the evaluation and decision-making process of nomination;
  5. Conveys its appreciation to ICOMOS for introducing new evaluation procedures, especially for enhancing the consultation and dialogue with the States Parties as requested in Decision 38 COM 13, and welcomes the responsiveness of ICOMOS and IUCN to further strengthen dialogue and consultation with nominating States Parties while respecting the independence of the Advisory Bodies;
  6. Welcomes the revisions of the Operational Guidelines which reflect some of the recommendations of the ad hoc working group;
  7. Welcomes the extension of the mandate of the ad hoc working group composed of, in principle, two members from each regional group, and one extra regional group representative who is not a member of the World Heritage Committee, established at the 38th session (Doha, 2014) to be convened by Turkey, to further discuss and make recommendations on Paragraph 61 as well as on the sustainability of the World Heritage Fund;
  8. Takes note of the oral report of the Chair of the ad hoc working group and requests the group to take into account the discussions held at the present session of the General Assembly in its deliberations.
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http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/6575 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST
20 GA 11 Follow-up to the audit of the Governance of UNESCO and dependent funds, programmes and entities The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined Documents WHC-15/20.GA/11,
  2. Recalling Resolution 19 GA 9 of the General Assembly of States Parties adopted at its 19th session (UNESCO, 2013),
  3. Takes note of the efforts undertaken by the World Heritage Centre in the framework of the final audit report on the governance of UNESCO and dependent funds, programmes and entities;
  4. Also takes note of the debate at the 197th session of the Executive Board on the final audit report on the governance of UNESCO and dependent funds, programmes and entities and of the decision to recommend to the 38th session of the General Conference to establish an open-ended working group to further discuss the recommendations of the audit report with the inclusion of this item in the agenda of the 38e General Conference;
  5. Requests the World Heritage Centre to report on this matter at the 21th session of the General Assembly, in 2017.
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http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/6576 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST
20 GA 12 FUTURE OF THE WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION OUTCOMES AND PROGRESS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STRATEGIC ACTION PLAN 2012-2022 The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined document WHC-15/20.GA/12,
  2. Recalling Resolutions 17 GA 9, 18 GA 11 and 19 GA 10 adopted during the 17th (UNESCO, 2009), 18th (UNESCO, 2011) and 19th sessions (UNESCO, 2013) of the General Assembly of States Parties respectively, concerning the adoption of the Strategic Action Plan and Vision and the monitoring of the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan, including the links between the draft Implementation Plan and monitoring of the implementation plan for the recommendations of the independent evaluation,
  3. Welcomes the continuous progress in the performance of the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan;
  4. Requests the World Heritage Centre, in collaboration with the Advisory Bodies and the support of the States Parties, to pursue efforts undertaken in the implementation;
  5. Also requests that a progress report on the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan be submitted to the General Assembly for consideration at its 21st session;
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http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/6577 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST
20 GA 13 World Heritage and Sustainable Development The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined Documents WHC-15/20.GA/13 and WHC-15/20.GA/INF.13,
  2. Recalling Decisions 36 COM 5C, 38 COM 5D, and 39 COM 5D, adopted respectively at the 36th (Saint Petersburg, 2012), 38th (Doha, 2014), and 39th (Bonn, 2015) sessions of the World Heritage Committee,
  3. Thanks the Technical University of Brandenburg, the Government of Germany and the Government of Viet Nam for their support in the development of the draft policy document on the integration of a sustainable development perspective into the processes of the World Heritage Convention;
  4. Welcomes the work accomplished by the group of experts on a voluntary basis despite the lack of resources, under the coordination of the World Heritage Centre, and in close consultation with the Advisory Bodies, to develop the draft of the policy document annexed to Document WHC-15/39.COM/5D;
  5. Notes the debate on this item that took place at the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (Bonn, 2015), the comments expressed by the States Parties on this draft through a broad consultation process, as well as the main outcomes of UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda;
  6. Adopts the revised policy document as a first step toward the integration of a sustainable development perspective into the implementation processes of the Convention, contained in document WHC-15/20.GA/INF.13 as amended;
  7. Invites the World Heritage Centre and States Parties to continue engagement through an ongoing consultation process involving all stakeholders to enrich the policy document and invites the World Heritage Centre to provide an update on progress made to the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee (Istanbul, 2016);
  8. Requests the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies, in consultation with States Parties and all relevant stakeholders, to elaborate and submit for the consideration of the Committee – once a clear framework for the future Policy Guidelines, including its scope and structure, has been adopted by the General Assembly, and within the available resources – proposals for:
    1. the necessary changes to the Operational Guidelines, which would translate the principles of the policy document on sustainable development into specific operational procedures,
    2. indicators for measuring the progress of the policy’s implementation;
    3. capacity-building initiatives, needed to enable implementation, including an indication of the related costs;
  9. Calls on States Parties to contribute financially towards this end;
  10. Encourages the World Heritage Centre to sensitize States Parties, as appropriate, to the implications of the policy, notably in terms of the need to establish appropriate governance mechanisms to achieve the right balance between World Heritage and Sustainable Development, and integration between the protection of the Outstanding Universal Value of World Heritage properties and the pursuit of sustainable development objectives and to that same end encourages the World Heritage Centre to cooperate with all of UNESCO’s sectors and in particular with the relevant programmes such as MAB and MOST;
  11. Also encourages UNESCO and the Advisory Bodies to widely disseminate the Policy Document as adopted by the General Assembly, and other related publications, to the world heritage community and the broader public, and promote its application;
  12. Recommends that Category 2 Centres and UNESCO Chairs related to World Heritage, and the wider network of the UNESCO Forum University and Heritage, prioritize issues related to the implementation of this policy within their capacity-building and research initiatives;
  13. Further requests the World Heritage Centre to present to the General Assembly, at its 21st session in 2017, a report on the progress made in the implementation of the above provisions.
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http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/6578 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST
20 GA 14 REFLECTION ON THE PERIODIC REPORTING EXERCISE (2015-2017) The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined documents WHC-15/20.GA/14 and WHC-15/20.GA/INF.14,
  2. Takes note of Decision 39 COM 10B.5 of the World Heritage Committee concerning the launch of a reflection period on the Periodic Reporting exercise;
  3. Highlights the importance for all States Parties to actively participate in the reflection on the Periodic Reporting exercise;
  4. Calls upon all States Parties to provide extra-budgetary funding for the reflection on the Periodic Reporting exercise.
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http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/6579 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST
20 GA 15 Other business No Resolution.

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http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/6580 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EST