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Decision : 27 COM 18A.2
New Voting Mechanism and Revision to the Procedures for the Election of the Members of the World Heritage Committee

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Recalling the aim of the Resolution adopted by the 13th General Assembly (Paris, October 2001) - (on election procedures of the Officers of the General Assembly -) to grant greater transparency and regional representativity to this election process,;

2. Recognising that this approach should also be applied to the procedures for the election of members to the World Heritage Committee as this would further facilitate the consultation process amongst States Parties,;

3. Recommends to the General Assembly that it include the following Rule in its Rules of Procedure:

The Secretariat shall ask all States Parties, at least three months prior to the opening of the General Assembly, whether they intend to stand for election to the World Heritage Committee. If so, its candidature should be sent to the Secretariat at least six weeks prior to the opening of the General Assembly.

At least four weeks prior to the opening of the General Assembly the Secretariat shall send to all States Parties the provisional list of States Parties candidates. The Secretariat will also provide information on the status of all compulsory and voluntary contributions to the World Heritage Fund made by each of the candidates.  This list of candidatures will be revised, as necessary, based on the evolution of the candidatures and of the payments received.

This list of candidatures shall be finalised 48 hours before the beginning of the election. No other candidatures nor payments of compulsory and voluntary contributions to the World Heritage Fund (for the purpose of presenting a candidature to the Committee) will be accepted after this time. [70]

[70] Rule based on Rules 1-3, Appendix 2 of the Rules of Procedure of the General Conference of UNESCO.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Working methods and tools
Year: 2003
Decision Code: 27 COM 18A.2