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Decision : 35 COM 7.2
Evaluation of the Reinforced Monitoring Mechanism

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7.2,

2. Recalling Decisions 31 COM 5.2, 32 COM 7.3, 33 COM 7.2 and 34 COM 7.2, adopted at its 31st (Christchurch, 2007), 32nd (Quebec City, 2008), 33rd (Seville, 2009) and 34th (Brasilia, 2010) sessions respectively,

3. Notes the evaluation report on the implementation of the Reinforced Monitoring Mechanism presented and the detailed statistical analysis;

4. Also notes the recommendations presented in Part III of the above-mentioned document and reiterates the principle for operation, outlined in Decision 31 COM 5.2, that reinforced monitoring is a constant cooperative process with the State Party concerned, which will always be undertaken in full consultation and with its approval;

5. Draws the attention of States Parties which are also parties to the Hague Convention of 1954 and related protocols to the provisions for the protection of cultural properties in the event of armed conflict;

6. Decides that in exceptional situations when the normal mechanisms of the Convention are not sufficient, urgent action is required that cannot wait for a decision by the Committee, and there is a critical danger of the property losing its Outstanding Universal Value between sessions, the Director-General of UNESCO, in consultation with the Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee, can officially put forward concrete requests for action to the State(s) Party(ies), including requests for reports or missions, based on the information gathered and input provided by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies;

7. Requests that mission reports be completed quickly and immediately made available to the Committee by the World Heritage Centre;

8. Also requests the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to report on actions taken under the Reinforced Monitoring Mechanism, in the context of the State of Conservation Reports, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its next session;

9. Further requests that properties subject to the Reinforced Monitoring Mechanism receive priority for international assistance if requested by the State(s) Party(ies).

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Reports, Reinforced Monitoring
Year: 2011
Decision Code: 35 COM 7.2