Reflection Period (2015-2017) after the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting
The Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting came to a close at the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (Bonn, 2015). It has brought to light important efforts underway to improve the protection, conservation and management of World Heritage properties and has helped identify the key factors affecting World Heritage.
However, a number of issues surrounding the process and format of Periodic Reporting have been identified by different World Heritage stakeholders. For this reason, the World Heritage Committee, recognizing the need to further improve the procedures of the exercise and to update it in line with various evolving factors, decided to enact a two-year reflection period from 2015 to 2017.
The Reflection Period will involve an Expert Group that will propose improvements to the process and the questionnaire.
In addition, two Periodic Reporting Reflection Meetings should be held with the participation of the Expert Group, representatives of States Parties, the World Heritage Centre, Advisory Bodies, UNESCO Field Offices, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, and Category 2 Centres, depending on extra-budgetary funding.
General Reflection on Periodic Reporting (see page 9) - WHC-15/39 COM/10B
Reflection on the Periodic Reporting exercise (2015-2017) - WHC-15/20 GA/14
Periodic Reporting Reflection Survey for States Parties of the World Heritage Convention
Outcomes of the Periodic Reporting Reflection Survey
A brief summary of the outcomes of this survey has been prepared by the Centre and is available for download.
Progress Report on the Periodic Reflection Period
A progress report on the Periodic Reflection Period was presented to the World Heritage Committee at its 40th session in 2016. This report included a summary of the feedback collected from the Periodic Reporting Reflection Survey and the First Periodic Reporting Expert Group Meeting as well as the Terms of Reference of the Expert Group.
Periodic Reporting Reflection
Two Expert Group meetings organized by the World Heritage Centre have been held within the Periodic Reporting Reflection Period (2015-2017). The meetings (2 June 2016 and 28-30 September 2016, at UNESCO Headquarters Paris) brought together World Heritage experts from across the globe with richly diverse professional backgrounds in natural and cultural heritage.
The Inception meeting of the Expert Group that was held in June 2016 allowed the experts to review the Terms of Reference of their work and plan the way forward. This meeting also provided the opportunity for an initial review of lessons learned from the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting and the feedback on the questionnaire gathered from States Parties in the Periodic Reporting Reflection Survey.
The Second meeting of the Expert Group was held between 28-30 September 2016. This working meeting allowed the group to present and review their work to date and further develop the proposals and recommendations for the revision and updating of the Periodic Reporting process and questionnaire.
A third meeting of the Periodic Reporting Reflection Expert Group was held in December 2016. The questionnaire is currently undergoing revisions prior to an online consultative testing phase with States Parties to be held in the first quarter of 2017.
During the testing phase National Focal Points and Site Managers will ‘test drive’ the updated questionnaire in a simulated reporting exercise. Feedback provided by States Parties will be taken into consideration before the questionnaire is finalized in mid-2017.
Key recommendations and the proposals for the Periodic Reporting process and questionnaire by the Expert Group will be discussed and adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 41st session in 2017. The adoption of the updated questionnaire will signal the launch of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting.
Expert Group Meetings
First Meeting of the Expert Group, 2 June 2016, UNESCO Headquarters
Second Meeting of the Expert Group, 28 – 30 September 2016, UNESCO Headquarters
- Periodic Reporting in Europe and North America: Follow-up activities to the Helsinki Action Plan 15-Jul-2016-15-Jul-2016
Other activities (6)
- Periodic Reporting 2nd Cycle : Latin America and the Caribbean (2013)
- Periodic Reporting 2nd Cycle: Africa (2011)
- Periodic Reporting 2nd Cycle: Arab States (2010)
- Periodic Reporting 2nd Cycle: Asia & Pacific (2012)
- Periodic Reporting 2nd Cycle: Europe and North America region (2012-2015)