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23rd session of the General Assembly of States Parties

2021 (date to be confirmed)
The 23rd session of the General Assembly
will be held at UNESCO Headquarters,
in 2021 (date to be confirmed).
In accordance with Article 8, paragraph 1 of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, the General Assembly of States Parties to the Convention will hold its 23rd session during the 41th session of the General Conference of UNESCO.

to the World Heritage
Committee in 2021

The General Assembly will be called upon, inter alia, to replace the outgoing members of the World Heritage Committee, in conformity with Rule 13.1 of the Rules of Procedures of the General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention concerning the presentation of candidatures for election to the World Heritage Committee.

The following 12 States Parties will be outgoing in 2021:

Australia Bahrain Bosnia and Herzegovina Brazil China Guatemala Hungary Kyrgyzstan Norway Saint Kitts and Nevis Spain Uganda

For information on the number of seats to be filled during the 23nd General Assembly.
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Candidatures Received
State Party Electoral Group Proposed duration of mandate (years) Previous mandates CVs of experts*
Bulgaria Group II 4 years
1978-1983 1985-1991
Jordan Group Vb 4 years
1980-1987 2007-2011
Mexico Group III 4 years
1985-1991 1991-1997 1997-2003 2009-2013
Sweden Group I 4 years

* At its 20th session (UNESCO, 2015), the General Assembly approved the following format for the experts’ CVs in the field of cultural/natural heritage.

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