World Heritage Centre https://whc.unesco.org?cid=305&l=en&year_start=2019&year_end=2019&searchDecisions=&action=list&mode=rss World Heritage Centre - Committee Decisions 90 en Copyright 2020 UNESCO, World Heritage Centre Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:37:20 EST UNESCO, World Heritage Centre - Decisions https://whc.unesco.org/document/logowhc.jpg https://whc.unesco.org 22 GA 1A Opening of the General Assembly No Resolution.

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https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/7610 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST
22 GA 1B Election of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairpersons and Rapporteur of the General Assembly Resolution: 22 GA 1B

The General Assembly,

  1. Elects H.E. Mr. Adam Al Mulla (Kuwait) as Chairperson of the 22nd session of the General Assembly;
  2. Elects Carlo Ossola (Switzerland) as Rapporteur of the 22nd session of the General Assembly;
  3. Elects Bangladesh, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Uganda as Vice-Chairpersons of the 22nd session of the General Assembly.
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https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/7611 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST
22 GA 2A Adoption of the Agenda of the 22nd session of the General Assembly The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/19/22.GA/2A,
  2. Adopts the Agenda included in the above-mentioned Document.
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https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/7612 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST
22 GA 2B Adoption of the Timetable of the 22nd session of the General Assembly The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/19/22.GA/2B,
  2. Adopts the Timetable of its 22nd session as amended.
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https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/7613 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST
22 GA 3 Report of the Rapporteur of the 21st session of the General Assembly (UNESCO, 2017) The General Assembly,

  1. Takes note of the report of the Rapporteur of the 21st session of the General Assembly (UNESCO, 2017).
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https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/7614 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST
22 GA 4 Report of the Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee on the Activities of the World Heritage Committee The General Assembly,

  1. Takes note of the report of the Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee on the activities of the World Heritage Committee.
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https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/7615 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST
22 GA 5 Elections to the World Heritage Committee The General Assembly,

  1. Elects the following 9 States Parties: Egypt, Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, Oman, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Thailand as members of the World Heritage Committee.
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https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/7616 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST
22 GA 6 Examination of the Statement of Accounts of the World Heritage Fund, Including the Status of the Contributions of States Parties The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined Documents WHC/19/22.GA/6 and WHC/19/22.GA/INF.6,
  2. Having in particular examined the accounts of the World Heritage Fund for the financial period ended 31 December 2017,
  3. Approves the accounts of the World Heritage Fund for the financial period ended 31 December 2017;
  4. Takes note of the financial statements relating to the World Heritage Fund for the period 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2019.
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https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/7598 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST
22 GA 7 Determination of the Amount of the Contributions to the World Heritage Fund in Accordance with the Provisions of Article 16 of the World Heritage Convention The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined Documents WHC/19/22.GA/7 and WHC/19/22.GA/INF.7,
  2. Recalling Article 16 of the World Heritage Convention,
  3. Also recalling Resolution 20 GA 8,
  4. Decides to set the percentage for the calculation of the amount of the contributions to be paid to the World Heritage Fund by States Parties for the financial period 2020-2021 at 1% of their contributions to the regular budget of UNESCO;
  5. Emphasizing the urgency of securing adequate financial resources to achieve the objectives of the World Heritage Convention to identify and conserve the world’s cultural and natural heritage of Outstanding Universal Value, in particular in light of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the unprecedented threats such as climate change, natural disasters, and deliberate attacks on cultural heritage in territories affected by armed conflicts and terrorism,
  6. Notes the status of the assessed contributions to the World Heritage Fund as presented in Document WHC/19/22.GA/INF.7 and requests the Secretariat to include the total amount of the (advance) assessed contributions for all States Parties;
  7. Recalls, in this regard, that the payment of assessed annual contributions to the World Heritage Fund is a legal obligation and also carries a moral character incumbent on all States Parties which have ratified the Convention;
  8. Reiterates its plea to the States Parties to pay their annual contributions at the latest on 31 January wherever possible in order to facilitate the timely implementation of the activities financed by the World Heritage Fund;
  9. Requests the Secretariat to address a letter to all States Parties which are in arrears with the payment of their compulsory or voluntary contributions for the current year and the three calendar years immediately preceding it of an amount exceeding 50,000 USD, inviting them to make their payment, asking them whether a plan of payment would facilitate the settlement of their arrears, and urging them to provide a prompt answer;
  10. Takes note of the debates under the present item in the current session;
  11. Decides to include, in the agenda of its next 23rd session, an item entitled “Possible measures concerning arrears, including with respect to the examination of nominations submitted by the concerned States Parties, without detriment to the protection of States that cannot pay for causes beyond their control”;
  12. Takes note of Decisions 42 COM 14 and 43 COM 14 taken by the World Heritage Committee on the sustainability of the World Heritage Fund;
  13. Invites States Parties to provide supplementary voluntary contributions to the various sub-accounts of the World Heritage Fund.
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https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/7599 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST
22 GA 8 Follow up and Implementation of the Recommendations of the Working Group on Governance as Endorsed by the General Conference The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/19/22.GA/8,
  2. Takes note of the status of implementation of the recommendations of the working group on governance as endorsed by the General Conference in 2017 as presented in Document WHC/18/42.COM/12B;
  3. Recalls the work already undertaken with a view to assess, improve and streamline the working methods of the governing bodies of the World Heritage Convention and its of related Resolutions 20 GA 11 and 21 GA 8 as well as Decisions 40 COM 13B, 41 COM 12B and 42 COM 12 in the framework of Resolutions 38 C/101, 39 C/70, 39 C/87 of the General Conference related to governance;
  4. Notes with satisfaction that Sub-Group 2 of the open-ended working group of the General Conference highlighted the appropriate methods of work of the Secretariat of the World Heritage Convention and the good working practices, including the work of the intersessional ad-hoc working group established by the Committee in 2014 was also recognized as a good practice;
  5. Also notes with satisfaction that its recommendation to consider broadening the composition of the ad-hoc working group and to envisage opening meetings to all States Parties was taken into consideration by the World Heritage Committee;
  6. Further recalls that reflection on issues related to working methods by the ad-hoc working group is still ongoing;
  7. Decides to pursue the reflection and efforts towards implementation of relevant recommendations for the governing bodies of the World Heritage Convention and recalls its commitment to work jointly with other concerned governing bodies towards implementation of general recommendations addressed to all international and intergovernmental bodies.
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https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/7617 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST
22 GA 9 Future of the World Heritage Convention. Outcomes and Progress in the Implementation of the Strategic Action Plan 2012-2022 The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/19/22.GA/9,
  2. Recalling Resolutions 17 GA 9, 18 GA 11, 19 GA 10, 20 GA 12 and 21 GA 9 adopted during the 17th (UNESCO, 2009), 18th (UNESCO, 2011),19th (UNESCO, 2013), 20th (UNESCO, 2015) and 21st (UNESCO, 2017) sessions of the General Assembly of States Parties respectively, concerning the adoption of the Strategic Action Plan and Vision and the monitoring of the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan,
  3. Welcomes the continuous progress in the performance of the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan;
  4. Requests the World Heritage Centre, in collaboration with the Advisory Bodies and the support of the States Parties, to pursue efforts undertaken in the implementation;
  5. Takes note of Decision 43 COM 8 adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 43rd session (Baku, 2019), which recommended that consideration be given to using the opportunity of the 50th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention in 2022 to undertake a reflection on the Global Strategy;
  6. Also requests that a progress report on the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan be submitted to the General Assembly for consideration at its 23rd session in 2021.
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https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/7618 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST
22 GA 10 Possibility of Elaboration of a Code of Conduct for the States Parties, the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/19/22.GA/10,
  2. Recalling Decisions 42 COM 12 and 43 COM 13 of the World Heritage Committee adopted respectively in 2017 and 2018,
  3. Recalling also the need to respect the highest standards of integrity and transparency of working methods within the process of decision-making of the Governing bodies of the Convention,
  4. Emphasizing the collective responsibility of all stakeholders – States Parties, World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies – to uphold the integrity and the credibility of the World Heritage Convention and, as such, expecting all stakeholders to conduct themselves according to the highest ethical standards of professionalism, equity and transparency,
  5. Also recognizing the important reforms of the nomination process and state of conservation review process currently underway,
  6. Noting the informal consultations between the States Parties to the Convention and also noting the debates held at the 22nd session of the General Assembly of States Parties,
  7. Further recognizing that a Code of Conduct or a Statement of Ethical Principles or equivalent text is not legally binding, but stakeholders are called upon to honour its contents,
  8. Decides to establish an open-ended working group of States Parties to the Convention, with the mandate to develop, for consideration by the 23rd session of the General Assembly of States Parties, a Code of Conduct, or a Statement of Ethical Principles or equivalent text;
  9. Encourages States Parties to provide extra-budgetary funding for the open-ended working group;
  10. Also decides that the open-ended working group shall:
    1. elect a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson and a Rapporteur at its first meeting,
    2. prepare and adopt its own timetable at its first meeting,
    3. prepare and submit, in view of consideration by the General Assembly of States Parties, a draft Code of Conduct or a Statement of Ethical Principles or equivalent text,
    4. determine how best to engage the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies in the process at the appropriate time;
  11. Requests the World Heritage Centre in order to assist the work of the open-ended working group, to compile a comprehensive list of existing, binding and non-binding elements which could be referenced in a Code of Conduct, or a Statement of Ethical Principles or equivalent text;
  12. Finally requests the open-ended working group to submit to the General Assembly of States Parties at its 23rd session a report on its work, including a draft Code of Conduct, or a Statement of Ethical Principles or equivalent text.
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https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/7619 wh-info@unesco.org Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST
43 COM 2 Admission of observers The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Taking into consideration Rule 8 (Observers) of the Rules of Procedure of the Committee,
  2. Authorizes the participation in the 43rd session, as observers, of the representatives of international governmental organizations (IGOs), international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), non- governmental organizations (NGOs), permanent observer missions to UNESCO and non profit-making institutions in the fields covered by the Convention, listed in Part I of the Document WHC/19/43.COM/2.
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https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/7338 wh-info@unesco.org Sun, 30 Jun 2019 00:00:00 EST
43 COM 3A Adoption of the Agenda
  1. Having examined Document WHC/19/43.COM/3A,
  2. Adopts the Agenda contained in the above-mentioned document.
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https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/7339 wh-info@unesco.org Sun, 30 Jun 2019 00:00:00 EST
43 COM 3B Provisional Timetable The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/19/43.COM/3B,
  2. Adopts the Timetable contained in the above-mentioned document.
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https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/7340 wh-info@unesco.org Sun, 30 Jun 2019 00:00:00 EST
43 COM 4 Report of the Rapporteur of the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (Manama, 2018) The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Takes note of the report of the Rapporteur of the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (Manama, 2018).
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https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/7341 wh-info@unesco.org Sun, 30 Jun 2019 00:00:00 EST
43 COM 5A Report of the World Heritage Centre on its activities and the implementation of the World Heritage Committee’s decisions The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/19/43.COM/5A,
  2. Recalling Decision 42 COM 5A adopted at its 42nd session (Manama, 2018) and Decision 40 COM 5D adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016),
  3. Takes note with appreciation of the activities undertaken by the World Heritage Centre over the past year in pursuit of the Expected Result to ensure that “Tangible heritage identified, protected, monitored and sustainably managed by Member States, in particular through the effective implementation of the 1972 Convention”, and the five strategic objectives as presented in Document WHC/19/43.COM/5A;
  4. Further notes the efforts by the World Heritage Centre to strengthen the cooperation with the other biodiversity-related Multilateral Environmental Agreements in the framework of the Biodiversity Liaison Group (BLG), welcomes the first Global Biodiversity Assessment presented at the seventh session of Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and calls on all States Parties to the Convention to actively engage in the preparation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework in order to set an ambitious global agenda to halt biodiversity loss, including through the implementation of the World Heritage Convention;
  5. Takes note that only limited voluntary contributions have been committed by States Parties for the organization of an expert meeting on memory sites and reiterates its invitation to States Parties to contribute financially to this end;
  6. Invites the States Parties to support the activities carried out by the World Heritage Centre for the implementation of the Convention;
  7. Requests the World Heritage Centre to present, at its 44th session, a report on its activities.
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https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/7342 wh-info@unesco.org Sun, 30 Jun 2019 00:00:00 EST
43 COM 5B Reports of the Advisory Bodies The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/19/43.COM/5B,
  2. Takes note with appreciation of the reports of the Advisory Bodies (ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN) on their activities;
  3. Also takes note of the progress made as well as the challenges and gaps identified by the Advisory Bodies in the framework of the implementation of the Convention.
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https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/7343 wh-info@unesco.org Sun, 30 Jun 2019 00:00:00 EST
43 COM 5C World Heritage Convention and Sustainable Development The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/19/43.COM/5C,
  2. Recalling Decisions 36 COM 5C, 38 COM 5D, 39 COM 5D, 40 COM 5C and 41 COM 5C adopted respectively at its 36th (Saint Petersburg, 2012), 38th (Doha, 2014), 39th (Bonn, 2015), 40th (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016) and 41st (Krakow, 2017) sessions, as well as Resolution 20 GA 13, adopted by the General Assembly at its 20th session (UNESCO, 2015),
  3. Welcomes the follow-up activities and the progress made so far in mainstreaming the “Policy Document for the integration of a sustainable development perspective into the processes of the World Heritage Convention” (WH-SDP) into the activities of the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies and into the processes of the Convention;
  4. Recalling that the WH-SDP stipulates that all dimensions of sustainable development should apply to natural, cultural and mixed properties in their diversity, and that sustainable development is underpinned by good governance frameworks, requests the States Parties to take a systematic and holistic approach to mainstreaming the WH-SDP into their national and local policies, processes, and initiatives related to the implementation of the Convention and to development in and around World Heritage properties;
  5. Invites the States Parties undertaking activities towards the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to include synergies with the WH-SDP, whenever possible, in order to tap into the potential of the World Heritage Convention to contribute to sustainable development;
  6. Encourages the World Heritage Centre, in cooperation with the Advisory Bodies and other relevant partners, to reflect on interlinkages between the implementation of the WH-SDP and the UN Sustainable Development Goals as well as other relevant global agreements, such as those related to climate change and disaster risk reduction, and related World Heritage strategies and policies that could inform activities, tools, guidance, and communications related to sustainable development;
  7. Also requests the World Heritage Centre pursue, within the available resources, the development of activities including policies, tools, operational activities, guidance and communication towards operationalising the WH-SDP and supporting the States Parties in its implementation;
  8. Calls on States Parties and other potential partners to contribute financially or through in-kind support to activities towards mainstreaming and operationalising the WH-SDP;
  9. Decides to inscribe an agenda item concerning World Heritage and Sustainable Development at its 45th session in 2021, and finally requests the World Heritage Centre, in cooperation with the Advisory Bodies, to present a progress report in this regard.
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https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/7344 wh-info@unesco.org Sun, 30 Jun 2019 00:00:00 EST
43 COM 5D Priority Africa, Sustainable Development and World Heritage The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/19/43.COM/5D,
  2. Recalling Decisions 36 COM 5C, 38 COM 5D, 39 COM 5D, 40 COM 5C, 41 COM 5C, and 42 COM 17 adopted respectively at its 36th (Saint Petersburg, 2012), 38th (Doha, 2014), 39th (Bonn, 2015), 40th (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016), 41st (Krakow, 2017) and 42nd (Manama, 2018) sessions respectively, as well as Resolution 20 GA 13, adopted by the General Assembly at its 20th session (UNESCO, 2015),
  3. Takes note of the African States Parties’ unique biodiversity and richness and their immense wealth of cultural heritage and local knowledge that have come down to humanity so far, and that must be conserved and passed on to future generations;
  4. Welcomes with appreciation the activities of the World Heritage Centre along with Field Offices, the Advisory Bodies, the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and other partners in raising awareness and building capacities around various issues related to World Heritage and sustainable development in Africa as well as the efforts towards developing policy and assessment tools and requests that these efforts be pursued;
  5. Recognizes the specifically delicate task of balancing World Heritage and Sustainable Development by the least developed countries, notably of the African region, given that it is faced with a disproportionally higher level of poverty globally;
  6. Further recognizes the need to employ innovative and transformative solutions for reconciling World Heritage and Sustainable Development that will take into account the nature, complexity and specificity of socio-economic constraints that these less developed countries continue to face;
  7. Takes note of the Position Paper on World Heritage and Sustainable Development in Africa adopted in October 2018 by the African Union through resolution STC/YCS-3/MIN/Report 67, as acknowledged in paragraph 20 d) of the Document WHC/19/43.COM/6;
  8. Recalls its Decision 37 COM 7 (Part III) which urges all States Parties to the World Heritage Convention and leading industry stakeholders, to respect the International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) “No-go” commitment by not permitting extractive activities within World Heritage properties, and by making every effort to ensure that extractive companies located in their territory cause no damage to World Heritage properties, in line with Article 6 of the Convention;
  9. Reiterates the need to integrate the protection of the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of World Heritage properties with inclusive and sustainable development needs through the effective implementation of the World Heritage Sustainable Development Policy (WH-SDP) aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; the protection of the Outstanding Universal Value should be furthermore ensured by including Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA), Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), in national and international development projects, in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines;
  10. Calls upon the African States Parties to strengthen governance of World Heritage properties and mainstream the WH-SDP principles in national and local conservation and management activities in and around World Heritage properties and processes related to World Heritage in Africa, and to mainstream them in national and local plans for development;
  11. Further calls upon African States Parties to focus their development efforts to benefit local communities, including them in the decision-making, and building on their knowledge and needs with progressive and proactive conservation of natural and cultural heritage; and to create enabling environments for innovative solutions inclusive of green and blue economies while progressing towards other SDGs;
  12. Calls upon all States Parties to the World Heritage Convention as well as international agencies and development partners, international finance institutions, industries, private sector, and other partners including multi and bi-lateral partners to join in ensuring policy coherence and harness synergies in multilateral agreements, investments, and protocols. These include the UN 2030 Agenda, and the “Africa 2063” Agenda as well as the WH-SDP to deliver multiple benefits, with inclusive governance mechanisms that bring all round benefits to the local communities in and around World Heritage properties;
  13. Thanks the States Parties and partners who have generously contributed to strengthening sustainable development in Africa and invites all States Parties to the World Heritage Convention to support, financially and through other means, awareness-raising and capacity-reinforcement programmes at various levels as well as activities aimed at developing guidance, innovative solutions, tools, mechanisms, and strategies for integrating heritage conservation into sustainable development policies and programmes and mainstreaming the sustainable development approach in conservation and management activities in Africa;
  14. Also invites the Secretariat and Advisory Bodies, in collaboration with African States Parties, the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and other stakeholders to spearhead research into innovative solutions for sustainable development, providing measures at the operational level, that guide and coordinate the efforts of the African States Parties to the World Heritage Convention for the conservation of OUV in World Heritage properties, both cultural and natural, and their contribution to the sustainable development of local communities in particular; and also to establish a platform of good practices in integrating heritage conservation with sustainable development for African World Heritage properties;
  15. Requests the World Heritage Centre to present, at its 44th session in 2020, a progress report on Priority Africa, Sustainable Development and World Heritage.
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https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/7345 wh-info@unesco.org Sun, 30 Jun 2019 00:00:00 EST