The General Assembly, at its 17th session, requested the World Heritage Centre to provide the General Assembly at its 18th session in 2011 "with a summary of the work undertaken in relation to the reflection on the future of the Convention, including an independent evaluation by UNESCO's external auditor on the implementation of the Global Strategy from its inception in 1994 to 2011 and the Partnerships for Conservation Initiative (PACT), based on indicators and approaches to be developed during the 34th and 35th sessions of the World Heritage Committee". The Committee at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010) requested the inclusion of this item in the agenda of the 35th session (UNESCO, 2011).
Decision 35 COM 9A (see Annex 1) requested the World Heritage Centre to transmit the documents WHC-11/35.COM/9A and WHC-11/35.COM/INF.9A to the 18th session of the General Assembly (UNESCO, 2011) for examination. Subsequently, a Circular Letter was sent to all States Parties and to Advisory Bodies (ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN) asking them to provide comments in writing to the World Heritage Centre. At the time of the preparation of this document, comments were received from 8 States Parties. All comments are posted on the World Heritage Centre website at http://whc.unesco.org/en/activities/655