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The Operational Guidelines
for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention

The World Heritage Committee,  the main body in charge of the implementation of the Convention, has developed precise criteria for the inscription of properties on the World Heritage List and for the provision of international assistance under the World Heritage Fund. These are all included in a document entitled "Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention". This document has been revised by the Committee to reflect new concepts, knowledge or experiences.

Historical Development

Date Title Paragraphs Committee/ Bureau Reference
2015

English French

39 COM 11

2013

English English French French Portuguese Portuguese

290 paras.

37 COM 12I
37 COM 12II

July 2012  English  English  French  French 290 paras. 36 COM 13I
36 COM 13II
May 2012 Portuguese Portuguese 290 paras.  
November 2011 English English French French 290 paras. 35 COM 13
34 COM 13
33 COM 13
May 2011 Spanish 290 paras.  
July 2010 Portuguese 290 paras.  
January 2008 English French

290 paras.

32 COM 13
31 COM 18B
31 COM 13A
30 COM 8D.1
30 COM 8D.2

February 2005 Arabic English French Hebrew Japanese Spanish Portugese Russian 290 paras. 6 EXTCOM 5.1
July 2002

Provisional Revision :  English

139 paras.

2002 Comm.

March 1999

English
Changes to the 1997 Guidelines: English

139 paras.

1998 Comm.

February 1997; reprinted 2/98

English

139 paras.

1996 Comm.

February 1996

English

139 paras.

1995 Bur.
1995 Comm.

February 1995 Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention 140 paras. 1994 Bur.
1994 Comm.
February 1994

English

132 paras.

1993 Comm.
27 March 1992

English

117 paras.

1991 Bur.
1991 Comm.
December 1988

English

112 paras.

1983 Bur.
1988 Comm.
January 1987

English

113 paras.

1986 Comm.
January 1984

English

99 paras.

1983 Bur.
1983 Comm.
November 1983 English

99 paras.

1982 Comm.

October 1980

English

66 paras.

1980 Comm.
17 July 1980 Revised text of the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention  
21 April 1980 Revised text of the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention  
1978

English
adopted by the Committee at its first session and amended at its second session

30 paras.

 
20 October 1977 English

27 paras.

 
30 June 1977 English  28 paras.  
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Show 36COM 13.I Revision of the Operational Guidelines
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Show 35COM 13 Revision of the Operational Guidelines
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Show 31COM 18B International Assistance