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Cairns Decision

The World Heritage Committee decision now referred to as the "Cairns Decision" was a suite of decisions adopted by the 24th session of the Committee (Cairns, Australia, 27 November - 2 December 2000) aimed at improving the representativity of the World Heritage List and managing the workload of the Committee, Advisory Bodies, and the World Heritage Centre.

The "Cairns Decision" limited the number of new nominations to be examined each year by the Committee. Furthermore, the number of nominations to be submitted by each State Party was limited to one, except for those States Parties that had no properties on the World Heritage List who would have the opportunity to propose two or three nominations.

Finally, the Committee requested that this Decision be reviewed after two years of operation. At its 27th session (Paris, 30 June - 5 July 2003), the World Heritage Committee requested all States Parties to send comments and proposals on the Cairns Decision to the World Heritage Centre by 31 December 2003.

Background Documents

Statistical Information

Statistical information on World Heritage properties

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Strategic objectives
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Decisions (2)
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