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6    Policies Regarding COMMUNITIES

One of the central objectives of the World Heritage Convention is to enhance the role of communities in the implementation of the Convention and to encourage the participation of the local population and different stakeholders in the preservation of their cultural and natural heritage. In addition, the Convention asks each State Party ‘to adopt a general policy which aims to give the cultural and natural heritage a function in the life of the community ’.

The theme of Communities includes policies related to the participation of local communities and other stakeholders, human rights and a rights-based approach, gender, indigenous peoples, youth, and fostering of peace and security.

6.5    Youth

Case Law - Involvement of the youth

Synthesis based on relevant Committee decisions

Synthesis based on relevant Committee decisions

The World Heritage Committee encourages States Parties and local communities to maintain their efforts with regard to the mobilisation and full involvement of the youth in the conservation of the property (based on case law on decisions on State of Conservation). [1]

ANNEX I. List of documents and texts

Decision 38 COM 7B.52

Decision 43 COM 8B.14

Decision 43 COM 7A.52

Decision 43 COM 7A.53

Decision 43 COM 7A.55

Decision 44 COM 7B.10





[1] See for example Decisions 38 COM 7B.52 , 43 COM 7A.52 , 43 COM 7A.53 , 43 COM 7A.55 , 43 COM 8B.14 , 44 COM 7B.10 .