This document was prepared by the Arab States Unit of the World Heritage Centre, following the request of the World Heritage Committee that an analytical summary of the Periodic Reporting exercise be prepared for the Arab Region in view of its publication. This report aims at evaluating the implementation of the World Heritage Convention in the Arab Region, on the basis of the Periodic Reports submitted by the States Parties in 2000 and of information collected by the Secretariat in the framework of its activities.

In addition, it discusses follow-up actions since 2000, and includes information on the drafting of a Regional Programme for the Arab Region in an effort to respond positively to the requests and needs expressed by the States Parties during the exercise.