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4 - Policies Regarding CAPACITY-BUILDING

4.1 - General capacity-building policies

Article 5

“To ensure that effective and active measures are taken for the protection, conservation and presentation of the cultural and natural heritage situated on its territory, each State Party to this Convention shall endeavor, in so far as possible, and as appropriate for each country: (…)

(e) to foster the establishment or development of national or regional centres for training in the protection, conservation and presentation of the cultural and natural heritage and to encourage scientific research in this field."

Theme:  4.1 - General capacity-building policies
Source:  Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage

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4.1 - General capacity-building policies

11. “The integration of a sustainable development perspective into the processes of the World Heritage Convention will require the building of necessary capacities among practitioners, institutions, concerned communities and networks, across a wide interdisciplinary and inter-sectorial spectrum (…)”.
Theme:  4.1 - General capacity-building policies
Source:  Policy for the integration of a sustainable development perspective into the processes of the World Heritage Convention (WHC-15/20.GA/INF.13)

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4.1 - General capacity-building policies

“C. Principles and Operational Framework for Training

1. Training is a highly cost-effective means to achieve Committee objectives

2. Training should be integrated into the World Heritage planning framework.”
Theme:  4.1 - General capacity-building policies
Source:  WHC-01/CONF.208/14 Progress Report on the Global Training Strategy

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Paragraph 211

“The objectives [of Educational Programmes] are:

a) to enhance capacity-building and research;

b) to raise the general public’s awareness, understanding and appreciation of the need to preserve cultural and natural heritage;

c) to enhance the function of World Heritage in the life of the community; and

d) to increase the participation of local and national populations in the protection and presentation of heritage.”

Theme:  4.1 - General capacity-building policies
Source:  OG Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention (WHC.17/01 - 12 July 2017)

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Paragraph 212

“The Committee seeks to develop capacity-building within the States Parties in conformity with its Strategic Objectives.”
Theme:  4.1 - General capacity-building policies
Source:  OG Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention (WHC.17/01 - 12 July 2017)

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4.1 - General capacity-building policies

Paragraph 213

“Recognizing the high level of skills and multidisciplinary approach necessary for the protection, conservation, and presentation of the World Heritage, the Committee has adopted a Global Training Strategy for World Cultural and Natural Heritage. The primary goal of the Global Training Strategy is to ensure that necessary skills are developed by a wide range of actors for better implementation of the Convention (…).”
Theme:  4.1 - General capacity-building policies
Source:  OG Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention (WHC.17/01 - 12 July 2017)

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Paragraph 214

“States Parties are encouraged to ensure that their professionals and specialists at all levels are adequately trained. To this end, States Parties are encouraged to develop national training strategies and include regional co-operation for training as part of their strategies.”
Theme:  4.1 - General capacity-building policies
Source:  OG Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention (WHC.17/01 - 12 July 2017)

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4.1 - General capacity-building policies

Synthesis based on relevant Committee decisions

The World Heritage Committee requests States Parties to undertake capacity-building activities for all local stakeholders concerned to raise awareness of World Heritage management requirements (based on Case law on decisions on the State of Conservation).
Theme:  4.1 - General capacity-building policies
See for examples Decisions:  33COM 7B.29 36COM 7B.17 36COM 7B.45 36COM 7B.61 38COM 7A.37
Case law:  Yes

4 - Policies Regarding CAPACITY-BUILDING

4.1 - General capacity-building policies

Synthesis based on relevant Committee decisions

The World Heritage Committee encourages States Parties to implement initiatives for capacity building and transmission of traditional know-how for the sustainable development and use of the property (based on Case law on decisions on the State of Conservation).
Theme:  4.1 - General capacity-building policies
See for examples Decisions:  40COM 7A.5 41COM 7A.27
Case law:  Yes
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