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Decision 1 COM VI.A(a).21
Establishment of the World Heritage List

Questions were raised with respect to the calendar for the submission of nominations to be examined at the second session of the Committee. Many members mentioned difficulties for their own national authorities in meeting the deadline of 1 April 1978, particularly in those countries where complete inventories had not yet been established. Several members strongly urged that technical co-operation should be financed under the Fund for the preparation of these inventories. The representative of the Director-General referred participants in this respect to the Convention which explicitly provides that requests for international assistance might also be concerned with identification of cultural or natural property "when preliminary investigations have shown that further inquiries would be justified" (Article 13 (2)). He added that it was not necessary to submit complete inventories by 1 April 1978 and that other nominations could be put forward to later sessions of the Committee.

Final report - List of Participants
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