The UNESCO World Heritage Centre, in cooperation with the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of China, and the relevant Field Offices of UNESCO, is organizing a sub-regional training workshop on the Second Cycle of the Periodic Reporting in Asia and the Pacific in Taiyuan, China, to launch this exercise for East and Southeast Asian countries. Periodic Reporting is a process whereby States Parties report on the status of the implementation of the World Heritage Convention in their respective territories and the state of conservation of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List.
The workshop will gather national focal points of the 13 States Parties from East and Southeast Asia (Cambodia, China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Vietnam), international resource persons, Advisory Bodies (ICOMOS, IUCN and ICCROM), staff from 5 UNESCO Field Offices and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and it will involve introductory presentations, drafting exercises, group discussions and presentations.
The objectives of the workshop are:
- to present and explain to the national focal points the process and new format of the Periodic Report;
- to mobilize active participation of States Parties for the Periodic Reporting exercise in training of site managers at national and/or sub-regional levels;
- to provide guidance to the States Parties on drafting of Statements of Outstanding Universal Value for properties inscribed on the World Heritage List in the region; and
- to promote regional cooperation through exchange of information and experience in the application of the World Heritage Convention.