Periodic reporting LAC First Cycle (2004)

The Committee expressed its wish to examine States Parties periodic reports region by region. The World Heritage Committee decided to examine the Report on the state of the World Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean at its 28th session in 2004.

The UNESCO World Heritage Centre, through the Adviser for World Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean based at the UNESCO Office in Montevideo, coordinated the periodic reporting process, providing assistance to States Parties and ensuring the preparation of the regional synthesis report.

The work plan for the periodic reporting in the region approved by the World Heritage Committee was organised along three sub-regions: South America, the Caribbean and Central America/Mexico.

  1. Basic documentation on the 1st cycle of the Periodic Reporting process.
  2. Relevant information that is available at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre about the work plan for 2000-2004.

Regional strategy and work plan (2000-2004)

Approach

The Periodic Report from the region of Latin America and the Caribbean was examined at the 28th session of the World Heritage Committee in the year 2004.

In order to ensure a truly regional and participatory process, the periodic reporting was coordinated by the Adviser for World Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean, who is based at the UNESCO Office in Montevideo, in close cooperation with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies.

To initiate the regional periodic reporting process, staff of the World Heritage Centre attended a meeting of the Permanent Delegates of Latin America and the Caribbean in June 2000 to discuss the approach that should be taken in setting up a work plan for the periodic reporting in the region.

Work plan

The work plan approved by to the World Heritage Committee at its session in December 2000 is as follows:

Phase 1: Preparation of the periodic reporting exercise (2000– 2001)

The World Heritage Centre prepared documents on the State of Implementation of the World Heritage Convention for each of the three sub-regions mentioned above as well as a data base with relevant information on the inscription history and the examination of the state of conservation of World Heritage properties.

The Centre set up an information system through the Internet to provide States Parties with the baseline information on the application of the Convention in the region, the World Heritage sites and the advances of the reporting exercise as well as facilitate communication within the sub-regions. Baseline information will also be made available in paper copy and/or CD-ROM.

States Parties and the Advisory Bodies requested to identify focal-points for periodic reporting activities from natural and cultural heritage fields. These focal points were expected to participate in the whole periodic reporting exercise.

The questionnaires that the World Heritage Centre has developed to assist the States Parties in the preparation of the periodic reports will be translated into Spanish.

Phase 2:  Sub-regional information meetings (first half of 2002)

Two sub-regional information meetings (South America, Montevideo, Uruguay, March 2002, and Central America/Mexico, Mexico, May 2002) were held with the participation of the States Parties focal points, the Advisory Bodies and experts from the region.

The Caribbean States Parties were informed of the periodic reporting through the Regional Training Course on the Application of the World Heritage Convention (September-October 2001). Considering the limited number of World Heritage sites in this area, with the exception of Cuba, emphasis was placed on the general provisions of the Convention and the capacity to preserve and manage cultural and natural heritage sites (Section I of the Periodic Reports). To this end, an analysis of the legal and institutional framework was undertaken. Further information and advice was provided in writing and through missions under Phase 3.

Phase 3: Preparation of national reports (second half of 2002 – first quarter of 2003)

Following the sub-regional information meetings, States Parties prepared their national reports. The States Parties focal points were expected to monitor this process and to maintain contact with UNESCO on the progress and the needs for advice or assistance. Assistance was provided upon request of the State Party concerned.

Phase 4: Sub-regional review meetings (second half of 2003)

Three sub-regional meetings were held in the second half of 2003 to review the national reports from the sub-region and to draw preliminary conclusions and recommendations as an input to the regional review meeting.

Phase 5: Regional review meeting and preparation of Regional State of the WH Report (late 2003)

A regional review meeting was held at which the conclusions and recommendations were formulated and submitted to the World Heritage Committee at its session in June 2004.