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Decision 45 COM 13
50th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/23/45.COM/13,
  2. Recalling Decision 44 COM 5A, adopted at its extended 44th session (Fuzhou/online, 2021) and Resolution 23 GA 9, adopted by the General Assembly of States Parties at its 23rd session (UNESCO, 2021),
  3. Thanks all the States Parties, and organizations, that have carried out more than 65 activities to mark the celebration of the 50thAnniversary of the World Heritage Convention, as well as other partners for related events and publications on the theme “The Next 50: World Heritage as a source of resilience, humanity and innovation”;
  4. Expresses appreciation to the Secretariat for the 50th Anniversary Survey that was opened to all stakeholders of the World Heritage Convention and to all those who provided their valuable reflections to this end, and takes note of the Survey’s conclusions;
  5. Thanks also the Government of Cameroon for the regional celebration of the 50th Anniversary in Central Africa and takes note of the Yaounde Call for Action and the priorities it has identified for Central Africa in particular;
  6. Thanks furthermore the Government of Greece for the Delphi Conference and requests the Secretariat to follow up on its conclusions and outcomes;
  7. Expresses its gratitude to the Government of France and private sector partner, Felissimo, for their financial contributions in the context of the 50th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention;
  8. Recognizes all who have contributed to the reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Convention, commending in particular the scientific contribution of experts, and invites States Parties to take note of the key reflections of the 50th Anniversary and enhance their implementation of the World Heritage Convention and the protection of the world’s cultural and natural heritage recognizing its enduring and irreplaceable value for furthering sustainable development and for biological and cultural diversity worldwide.
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45 COM 13
World Heritage Convention
Context of Decision