33 COM 8B.54
Examination of minor boundary modifications
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Having examined Documents WHC-09/33.COM/8B, WHC-09/33.COM/INF.8B1, WHC-09/33.COM/INF.8B1add and WHC-09/33.COM/INF.8B2 and having reflected upon its discussions on the inscriptions of properties to the World Heritage List;
2. Recognizes the reluctance of the World Heritage Committee to endorse the recommendations of the Advisory Bodies regarding deferral of the examination of properties and requests the Advisory Bodies to prepare a background document on the processes, benchmarks and time constraints resulting from World Heritage Decisions on referral and deferral for information to the 34th session of the World Heritage Committee (2010);
3. Notes that questions addressed to the State Party presenting a nomination which concern the justification of Outstanding Universal Value, application and validity of inscription criteria, and the preferred outcome, may invite advocacy and should in general be avoided;
4. Requests that in evaluating minor modifications and retrospective statements of Outstanding Universal Value, the Advisory Bodies review their recommendations with the State Party within a reasonable timeframe and prior to their submission to the World Heritage Committee for adoption.