Decision : 33 COM 5C
World Heritage Convention and main multilateral environmental agreements

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-09/33.COM/5C,

2. Recalling the provisions of the Operational Guidelines in paragraphs 41 to 44,

3. Notes with appreciation the information provided on the cooperation between the World Heritage Convention and other multilateral environmental agreements;

4. Also notes the need for States Parties to address the great imbalance between nature and culture in the World Heritage List and to such end, recommends that a sharing of information between the multilateral environmental agreements and diverse stakeholders active in the conservation of World Heritage properties be undertaken, and that capacity building be reinforced in the field of heritage;

5. Requests that the concept of sustainable development be emphasized and taken in due consideration in all relevant actions taken by the World Heritage Centre;

6. Also requests the World Heritage Centre to continue the cooperation with the secretariats of other multilateral environmental agreements through the Biodiversity Liaison Group and other mechanisms, including bilateral cooperation to enhance synergies and coherence;

7. Further requests the World Heritage Centre to identify other conventions and programmes in the field of cultural heritage and recommend a strategic approach for cooperation to be discussed at its 34th session in 2010;

8. Decides to inscribe this item on the provisional agenda for the 34th session of the World Heritage Committee in 2010.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Organizations (1)
Themes: Reports, Operational Guidelines
Year: 2009
Decision Code: 33 COM 5C