Decision : 27 COM 20B.6
World Heritage Programmes

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Acknowledging the limited financial resources available for the implementation of Regional and Thematic Programmes,

2. Encourages the World Heritage Centre to make full use of the existing networks of the Advisory Bodies in the design and implementation of Thematic Programmes, so as to ensure exchange of information and experience;

3. Recommends to coordinate Thematic Programmes, in terms of design, methodology and planning of implementation, with existing and planned work, such as the efforts currently being carried out in the framework of the forthcoming World Parks' Congress (Durban, South Africa, September 2003), and with the programmatic activities of the Advisory Bodies;

4. Proposes that Regional and Thematic Programmes be structured along the four Strategic Objectives decided by the Committee at its 26th session in Budapest in 2002, namely Credibility, Conservation, Capacity-building and Communication, so as to foster coherence in the conception, follow-up and evaluation of the programmes;

5. Further recommends to ensure linkages between the Global Training Strategy and other World Heritage policy frameworks, such as Regional and Thematic Programmes;

6. Requests the World Heritage Centre to establish performance indicators (as in WHC-03/27..COM/INF.20A) to measure the effectiveness of the Regional and Thematic Programmes, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 28th session in 2004.

7. Further requests  the World Heritage Centre to present an evaluation of these Programmes according to these performance indicators to the World Heritage Committee at its 31st session in 2007;

8. Invites all States Parties, funding institutions, civilc organizations and the private sector to contribute and to assist the World Heritage Centre in mobilizing matching funds to enable the implementation of all the proposed programme activities for the biennium;

9. Encourages all States Parties to continue to develop initiatives at all levels to promote dialogue with a view to fostering national and regional understanding for the protection of World Heritage.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
Year: 2003
Decision Code: 27 COM 20B.6