Decision : 33 COM 11A
Progress report on the Second cycle of Periodic Reporting in the Arab States

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-09/33.COM/11A,

2. Recalling Decisions 31 COM 11D.1 and 32 COM 11B, adopted respectively at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007) and at its 32nd session (Quebec City, 2008),

3. Takes note of the information provided by the World Heritage Centre on progress accomplished in the implementation of the second cycle of Periodic Reporting in the Arab States;

4. Thanks the States Parties of the Arab region which have engaged in the Periodic Reporting process for their active involvement;

5. Also thanks the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and ALECSO for their support;

6. Requests the States Parties of the Arab region to revise or prepare all the missing retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value concerning properties situated in their territories and to submit in accordance with the periodic report calendar for review in consultation with the Advisory Bodies, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session in 2010;

7. Also requests the States Parties of the Arab region to complete the two sections of the Periodic Reporting Questionnaire by 31 July 2009 according to the time table agreed upon at the Bahrain Regional meeting in December 2008;

8. Further requests the States Parties of the Arab region that have not yet responded to the questions raised in 2006 in the framework of the Retrospective Inventory, to provide all clarifications and documentation requested by 1 February 2010;

9. Invites the States Parties to contribute to the implementation of the above activities and decides to allocate an amount of USD 50,000 from the World Heritage Fund for the publication of the Periodic Report and the elaboration of the new Regional Action Plan during the 2010-2011 biennium;

10. Requests moreover the World Heritage Centre to associate the States Parties to the drafting of the final report and to present the results of the Periodic Reporting exercise in the Arab States at its 34th session in 2010.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Periodic Reporting
Year: 2009
Decision Code: 33 COM 11A