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UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL,
SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION

CONVENTION CONCERNING THE PROTECTION OF THE
WORLD CULTURAL AND NATURAL HERITAGE

WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE
Sixth Extraordinary session

Paris, UNESCO Headquarters, Room II

17 - 22 March 2003

DECISIONS ADOPTED BY THE WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE
AT ITS 6TH EXTRAORDINARY SESSION














TABLE OF CONTENTS

Agenda Item
6th extraordinary session of the World Heritage Committee
Decision
1. Opening of the session Decision 6 EXT.COM 1
2. Adoption of the Agenda Decision 6 EXT.COM 2
3. Revision of the Rules of Procedure of the World Heritage Committee Decision 6 EXT.COM 3
4. Policy and legal issues concerning inscription of properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger and the potential deletion of properties from the World Heritage List Decision 6 EXT.COM 4
5. Revision of the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention Decisions 6 EXT.COM 5.1,
5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5 and Technical Annex
6. Revised structure of the budget of the World Heritage Fund Decision 6 EXT.COM 6
7. Nominations to be examined in 2004 Decision 6 EXT.COM 7
8. Adoption of the report of the session Decisions 6 EXT.COM 8.1, 8.2
9. Closure of the session 
Annex 1List of Participants
Annex 2Revision of the Rules of Procedure
Annex 3Structure of the Budget








1OPENING OF THE SESSION

Document:  WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/1

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 Zimbabwe. 1

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.

6 EXT.COM 1

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:

The List of Participants at the 6th extraordinary session is included as Annex I to this document.

2ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

Documents:  WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/2 Rev.1
WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/INF.2 Rev.1

6 EXT.COM 2 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.

3REVISION OF THE RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE

Documents:  Rules of Procedure of the World Heritage Committee (WHC-2002/5)
WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/3
WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/INF.3

6 EXT.COM 3

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. [Link]

  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 13.1 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).

4POLICY AND LEGAL ISSUES CONCERNING INSCRIPTION OF PROPERTIES ON THE LIST OF WORLD HERITAGE IN DANGER AND THE POTENTIAL DELETION OF PROPERTIES FROM THE WORLD HERITAGE LIST

Documents:  WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/4
WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/INF.4A
WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/INF.4B
WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/INF.4C
WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/INF.4D

6 EXT.COM 4 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.

5REVISION OF THE OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION

Documents:  Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention (WHC-2002/02)
WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/5
WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/INF.5A

WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/INF.5B

6 EXT.COM 5.1

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 user- friendly;

  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).



TECHNICAL ANNEX FOR THE REVISION OF
THE OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES

(with reference to the third draft Revised Operational
Guidelines,
document WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/INF.5B)



THROUGHOUT THE TEXT

1.1Revise the text to take into account the discussions and many suggestions for drafting changes made during the plenary at the 6th extraordinary session of the World Heritage Committee (17-22 March 2003) as reflected in the record of the meeting (WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/INF.8).

1.2 Revise the text on the basis of the following decisions taken by the 6th extraordinary session of the Committee:

6 EXT.COM 3 (Revision of the Rules of Procedure of the World Heritage Committee);
6 EXT.COM 4 (Policy/Legal issues); and
6 EXT.COM 7 (Nominations to be examined by the World Heritage Committee in 2004).

1.3 Prepare a clear document, finding a balance between the inclusion of obligatory texts and the removal of text that is not relevant (see Decision 6 EXT.COM 5.2.).

1.4 Check that the provisions of the revised Guidelines are capable of implementation, consistent with the Convention, do not include information that is not relevant, avoid reproducing the Convention and other existing texts and clarify all references to the Bureau.

1.5 Improve the presentation of the revised Guidelines, ensure consistency of language and check concordance between the English and French texts, finalise references and cross-references, paragraph numbering and ensure that there are no contradictions.

1.6 Define and be consistent in the use of the terms:
  • "conservation" and "protection";
  • "outstanding universal value", "criteria", "values", "attributes", "qualities" and "characteristics;
  • "management approach", "management system", "management plan" and "management and/or planning control"; and
  • "property" and "site".

1.7 Integrate references to the Budapest Declaration (2002) and, replace when appropriate, references to the Strategic Orientations (1992).



SECTION I: INTRODUCTION

2.Maintain paragraphs 122-125 on the World Heritage Fund of the July 2002 Operational Guidelines.



SECTION II: ESTABLISHMENT OF THE WORLD HERITAGE LIST

3.1 Amend section II.B "Tentative Lists" to

  1. provide greater clarity as to the purpose of Tentative Lists, the purpose and process for harmonizing Tentative Lists at a regional level and,

  2. make a clear distinction between the "comparative analysis" to be prepared by States Parties and included in their nominations and the "comparative studies" prepared by the Advisory Bodies and other experts that are used as comparative context for the evaluation of properties nominated for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

3.2. In section II.C "Criteria for the inclusion of properties on the World Heritage List":

  1. combine the six cultural and four natural criteria previously included in paragraphs 24 (a) and 44 (a) respectively, into a single list of criteria (i) to (x) reordering them so that the former natural criterion (iii) becomes criterion (vii);

  2. revise criterion(v):

    "(v) is an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, land-use, or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures), or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change";

  3. revise criterion (vi):

    "(vi) be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance" The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria.

3.3 Amend paragraph II.C.3 to read:

"Properties nominated for inclusion on the World Heritage List must satisfy the conditions of authenticity and/or integrity.

3.4 Maintain text from paragraph 25 of the July 2002 Operational Guidelines stating that "Nominations of immovable property which are likely to become movable will not be considered".

3.5 Maintain elements of paragraphs 44(b)(v) and 44(b)(vi) of the July 2002 Operational Guidelines (relating to operational plans, boundaries that may coincide with existing or proposed protected areas and multiple management zones) as appropriate.

3.6 Amend paragraph II.C.11 to read:

"Examining the conditions of integrity, therefore requires assessing the extent to which the property:

  • includes all elements necessary to express its outstanding universal value;
  • is of adequate size to ensure the complete representation of the features and processes which convey the property's significance;
  • suffers from adverse effects of development and/or neglect."

3.7 Revise paragraph II.C.13 as follows:

"II.C.13 For all properties nominated under criteria (vii) to (x), bio-physical processes and landform features should be relatively intact. However, it is recognized that no area is totally pristine and that all natural areas are in a dynamic state, and to some extent involve contact with people. Human activities, including those of traditional societies and local communities, often occur in natural areas. These activities may be consistent with the outstanding universal value of the area where they are ecologically sustainable."

3.8 Consider the proposal made by the Delegation of Belgium to reorder the Nomination Format referred to in paragraph II.D.1 in the following way:
  1. Identification of property
  2. Description of property
  3. Justification of outstanding universal value, and identification of its indicators
  4. Justification of criteria of authenticity and/or integrity, and identification of its indicators
  5. Constraints and factors that are affecting or could affect the property, and identification of its indicators
  6. Protection and management systems
  7. Documentation
  8. Contact Information
  9. State Party's Signature

3.9 Introduce in paragraph II.D.5 the following timetable for the receipt of nominations:

30 SeptemberVoluntary deadline for receipt of draft nominations from States Parties by the World Heritage Centre

15 November World Heritage Centre to respond to the nominating State Party concerning the completeness of the nomination, and, if incomplete, to indicate the missing information required to make the nomination complete.

1 February Date by which nominations must be complete and received by the World Heritage Centre to be transmitted to ICOMOS and /or IUCN for evaluation.

3.10 Clarify the procedures, timeframe and requirements for the content, submission and processing of nominations on an emergency basis.

3.11 Clarify the procedures, timeframe and requirements for the content, submission and processing of renominations of existing properties using new criteria, as well as for referred, deferred and withdrawn nominations.

3.12 Ensure that a clear indication of what is a "complete" nomination is provided.

3.13 With reference to decision 6 EXT.COM 3, include a mechanism by which the Advisory Bodies, through the World Heritage Centre, can obtain additional information from a State Party between two Committee sessions, during the process of evaluation of a nomination of property for inscription on the World Heritage List.

SECTION III: PROTECTION AND CONSERVATION OF WORLD HERITAGE PROPERTIES

4.1 Amend paragraph III.A.3 to read:

"World Heritage properties may support a variety of ongoing and proposed uses that are ecologically and culturally sustainable. The State Party and partners must ensure that such sustainable use does not adversely impact the outstanding universal value, authenticity and integrity of the property."

4.2 Move the text on Periodic Reporting to a new section of the Operational Guidelines to clearly differentiate day-to-day management and monitoring by the State Party and reactive monitoring from the six-year cycle of Periodic Reporting for which States Parties are requested to prepare reports on their overall implementation of the Convention as well as on their World Heritage properties.

SECTION IV: INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE

5.1 Revise the text with reference to decision 26 COM 25.3 and the need to ensure interaction and complementarity of Regional Programmes as follow-up to the Periodic Reports whilst maintaining for the time being the existing types of International Assistance with the addition of "Research" to "Training Assistance."

5.2 Revise paragraph IV.B.4 (d) to read:

"Legislative, administrative and, wherever possible, financial commitment of the recipient State Party to the activity;"

SECTION V: MOBILISATION OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT IN FAVOUR OF THE WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION

6. Move the text on "Information" (paragraphs V.V.1 to V.B.6) to a separate sub-section. Integrate in this new sub-section, all necessary provisions concerning information and documentation (including II.H on "Archiving and documentation of nominations") and make cross-references as appropriate.

ANNEX 1: WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION

7. Delete this Annex. Organize joint distribution of the Convention and the Operational Guidelines (see also decision 6 EXT.COM/5.2)

ANNEX 2: MODEL INSTRUMENT OF RATIFICATION/ACCEPTANCE AND ACCESSION

8. Maintain this Annex until all countries have joined the World Heritage Convention.

ANNEX 3: TENTATIVE LIST SUBMISSION FORMAT

9. No changes foreseen.

ANNEX 4: GUIDELINES ON THE INCLUSION OF SPECIFIC TYPES OF SITES IN THE WORLD HERITAGE LIST

10.1 No changes foreseen pending the preparation of updated guidelines in the future.

10.2 Explain the difference between a mixed cultural and natural heritage property and a cultural landscape.

ANNEX 5: AUTHENTICITY IN RELATION TO THE WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION

11. Include references to expert meetings on authenticity held before and after the Nara meeting in 1994.

ANNEX 6: GUIDELINES FOR THE PREPARATION OF NOMINATIONS OF PROPERTIES FOR INCLUSION ON THE WORLD HERITAGE LIST

12.1 Written comments on this Annex can be provided to the World Heritage Centre by States Parties by 7 April 2003.

12.2 Move all guidelines concerning the nomination of properties for inclusion in the World Heritage List to Section II "Establishment of the World Heritage List" and only keep the Nomination Format in Annex 6.

12.3 Change the title of the Annex to "Format for nominations for inclusion in the World Heritage List".

12.4 Enhance the presentation of this Annex.

12.5 Consider reordering the Nomination Format as indicated by the Delegation of Belgium (see paragraph 3.8 above)

12.6 Ensure that the references to management requirements and monitoring are consistent with the text in paragraphs II.C. 23 and 24.

ANNEX 7: EVALUATION PROCEDURES OF ICOMOS AND IUCN

13. No changes foreseen.

ANNEX 8: PROCESS OF PERIODIC REPORTING AND FORMAT AND EXPLANATORY NOTES

14.1 Move guidelines concerning Periodic Reporting to the main text of the Guidelines and keep only the Format in Annex 8.

14.2 Change the title of the Annex to "Format for the Periodic Reporting on the application of the World Heritage Convention"

ANNEX 9: INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE

15.1 Increase the budget ceiling of the requests for the approval of the Chairperson to that which formerly was approved by the Bureau:
  • up to US$ 75,000 for Emergency Assistance,
  • up to US$30,000 for Preparatory Assistance,
  • up to US$30,000 for Training and research assistance, and
  • up to US$30,000 for Technical co-operation.

15.2 Clarify that Emergency Assistance is made available to World Heritage properties. It may be made available, if necessary, to more than one World Heritage property in a single State Party.

15.3 For "Training and Research Assistance" payment of dues to the World Heritage Fund for the previous year is obligatory.

15.4 Indicate which fields in the International Assistance form are compulsory for completion.

15.5 Include the criteria used by the Advisory Bodies to evaluate International Assistance requests.

ANNEX 10: GUIDELINES AND PRINCIPLES OF THE USE OF THE WORLD HERITAGE EMBLEM

16. Remove footnote and all references to the proposed user's manual "The World Heritage Visual Identity"

BIBLIOGRAPHY/SELECT READING LIST

17. To be added.

WWW/INTERNET RESOURCES

18. Websites for UNESCO, World Heritage Centre and Advisory Bodies to be included in the Bibliography.

ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS

19. To be included at the beginning of the Guidelines.

GLOSSARY

20. To be added.

INDEX

21. To be added.



6 EXT.COM 5.2

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.

6 EXT.COM 5.3

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.

6 EXT.COM 5.4

The World Heritage Committee,

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).

6 EXT.COM 5.5

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).

6REVISED STRUCTURE OF THE BUDGET OF THE WORLD HERITAGE FUND

Documents:  WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/6
WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/INF.6

6 EXT.COM 6 The World Heritage Committee,

  1. 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;

  2. 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);

  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).


7NOMINATIONS TO BE EXAMINED BY THE WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE IN 2004

Document:  WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/7 Rev.

6 EXT.COM 7 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.


8ADOPTION OF THE REPORT OF THE SESSION

Documentss:  WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/8
WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/INF.8

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.

9CLOSURE 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.






NOTES

  1. The Members of the Bureau are : T. FejÚrdy (Chairperson, Hungary), B. Selfslagh (Rapporteur, Belgium), China, Egypt, Greece, Mexico and South Africa.




Annex 1List of Participants
Annex 2Revision of the Rules of Procedure
Annex 3Structure of the Budget