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Decision 32 COM 6A
Progress report on the African World Heritage Fund

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-08/32.COM/6A,

2. Recalling Decisions 29 COM 11C.1, 30 COM 11F and 31 COM 23B adopted at its 29th (Durban, 2005), 30th (Vilnius, 2006),and at its 31st (Christchurch, 2007) sessions respectively;

3. Takes note of the Report of progress made in the implementation of the African World Heritage Fund;

4. Expresses its appreciation to partners at all levels for their support, and their technical and financial assistance to the African World Heritage Fund;

5. Welcomes the report of the first advocacy meeting organized in Abuja (Nigeria) from 24-25 April 2008;

6. Notes the delay in collecting the funds from partners who have committed contributions;

7. Requests the Board of Trustees to engage staff dedicated to resource mobilization, including follow-up of commitments;

8. Calls upon the State Parties to the Convention, the African Union, the public and private institutions, the intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, to continue supporting and contributing to the African World Heritage Fund;

9. Appeals to the international community to support the African World Heritage Fund and its funding strategy so as to ensure that the targeted Endowment Fund is quickly consolidated to enable the Fund becoming operational;

10. Requests the African World Heritage Fund to submit a detailed progress report both on the African World Heritage Fund's activities and on the strategy for future activities of capacity building for the preparation of nominations and of tentative lists, as well as for conservation and management plans of African properties, for examination at its 33rd session in 2009.

Decision Code
32 COM 6A
Budget, Reports
Decisions Adopted at the 32nd Session of the World Heritage Committee (Quebec City, 2008)
Context of Decision