UNESCO is currently engaged in the development of a Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL), a 'soft-law' (non-binding) to assist Member States in meeting the urban challenges of tomorrow.
The Director-General of UNESCO has sent out the Preliminary Report on the background and rationale of this new international instrument to all Member States and the 7 Associate Members of UNESCO on 23 August 2010, accompanied by a first draft of the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape. Member States were invited to submit comments to UNESCO by 25 December 2010, which are accessible at this site.
Comments have been received from 30 Member States in total and ICOMOS:
The Secretariat is currently in the process of integrating these comments into a second, revised draft text of a UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape. This second draft will be communicated to Member States by 25 March 2011, 7 months in advance of UNESCO's General Conference and 2 months in advance of the intergovernmental meeting of experts (category II), as requested by the General Conference, which will be held at UNESCO Headquarters from 25 to 27 May 2011.
Outcome: Report and final revised text of the draft Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape