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Decision 32 COM 10
Future of the World Heritage Convention

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-08/32.COM/INF.10,

2. Recalling the discussion on the "Global Strategy for a representative, balanced and credible World Heritage List" at its 32nd session (Quebec City, 2008), and the many experts reports, secretariat documents, notably the "Challenges for the Millennium";

3. Noting that the World Heritage Convention is approaching its fortieth anniversary in 2012 as well as the inscription of the 1000th property to the World Heritage List;

4. Recognizing that the success and growing complexity and diversity of the Convention pose challenges and opportunities that could not have been fully envisaged when it came into force;

5. Considers it appropriate to reflect on the achievements of nearly forty years of heritage protection through the Convention;

6. Agrees that it is timely to consider how best to respond to these challenges and opportunities for the more effective implementation of the World Heritage Convention in the coming decades;

7. Requests the World Heritage Centre to convene, before the 33rd session in 2009, a workshop in Paris to reflect on the future of the World Heritage Convention, identify global strategic issues, key challenges, trends and opportunities facing the World Heritage Convention and develop approaches to address these issues, as well as synergies with other international instruments;

8. Welcomes the offer of Australia to co-sponsor the workshop and calls upon the World Heritage Centre to identify (an) interested State(s) Party(ies) to co-sponsor this workshop;

9. Invites World Heritage Committee members, States Parties, and Advisory Bodies to make written submissions on the issues identified in paragraph 7 above, amongst others, to assist in the establishment of the agenda and preparation of materials for the workshop, to the World Heritage Centre by 1 October 2008;

10. Decides to consider the results of this workshop at its 33rd session in 2009 and to present a report on these issues for consideration to the next session of the General Assembly of States Parties in 2009.

Decision Code
32 COM 10
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Decisions Adopted at the 32nd Session of the World Heritage Committee (Quebec City, 2008)