As per Article 8(1) of the World Heritage Convention (or Rule 49 of the Rules of Procedure of the World Heritage Committee ), the General Assembly of States Parties to the Convention meets during the sessions of the General Conference of UNESCO. The General Assembly manages its meetings according to its Rules of Procedure (see document reference WHC-01/GA/1.Rev3).
During its session, the General Assembly determines the uniform percentage of contributions to the World Heritage Fund applicable to all States Parties (Article 16(1) of the World Heritage Convention ), and elects new members to the World Heritage Committee to replace the outgoing members.
Both the General Assembly and General Conference of UNESCO receive a report from the World Heritage Committee on its activities (Rule 49 of the Rules of Procedure of the World Heritage Committee ).
19th session of the General Assembly
The 19th session of the General Assembly will take place at UNESCO Headquarters during the 37th session of the General Conference of UNESCO in 2013.
During the 19th session of the General Assembly in 2013, 12 seats will have to be filled. Outgoing members in 2013 are: Cambodia, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Iraq, Mali, Mexico, Russian Federation, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates.