Decision : 29 COM 18C
Working Methods of the World Heritage Committee

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-05/29.COM/18,

2. Recalling its Decision 7 EXT.COM 4B.1 adopted at its 7th extraordinary session (UNESCO, 2004),

3. Having taken note of the debate of the Working group on working methods which met at its current session,

4. Decides that a new article 21.6 be added to the Rule 21 of the Rules of Procedure ::

a) "Subsidiary Bodies' recommendations to the World Heritage Committee should be made in the form of draft Decisions";

5. Also decides that, in accordance with Rule 51 of the Rules of Procedure, the above mentioned amendment constitutes an Agenda item at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006);

6. Further decides to establish a working group on financial and administrative issues in conformity with Rule 21 of the Rules of Procedure. Such group will conduct its work during each meeting of the Committee and will report to the Plenary of the Committee, at the times and with the frequency to be defined by it, but not in parallel with the Plenary of the Committee;

7. Expresses its strong concern about the recurrent lack of time to cover all points of the agenda of its sessions;

8. Decides to explore at its 30th session ways and means of optimizing the timemanagement of its sessions, including the need and convenience of increasing on a permanent basis the periodicity of its ordinary sessions, taking particularly into account:

a) the importance of ensuring a manageable agenda; and

b) the need to have enough time to examine the state of conservation of sites on the World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger, as well as the nominations to the World Heritage List.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Working methods and tools
Year: 2005
Decision Code: 29 COM 18C