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Decision 41 COM 10B.5
Follow-Up to the Second Cycle of the Periodic Reporting Exercise for All Regions

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/17/41.COM/10B,
  2. Recalling Decision 40 COM 10B.5 adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO 2016),
  3. Welcomes the progress made in the follow-up of the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting for Europe;
  4. Commends the States Parties of Europe who participated in the Helsinki Action Plan Monitoring Survey, the first of its kind, which will allow for a regular self-assessment and tracking of progress by the States Parties of Europe towards the achievement of the regional targets set out in the Action Plan;
  5. Takes note of the responses received on the implementation of the Helsinki Action Plan and of the publication of the results of the survey on the website of the World Heritage Centre, and requests the World Heritage Centre to take the opportunity to fine-tune the survey in preparation for its second edition in 2018;
  6. Encourages the States Parties of Europe to continue pursuing their efforts, with a focus on monitoring activities and integrating World Heritage mechanisms into the management of World Heritage properties;
  7. Also encourages the States Parties of Europe to accelerate their efforts on the Action Plan targets for which little progress has been reported, and, if needed, to seek out technical assistance from the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies where appropriate;
  8. Further encourages States Parties to financially support the implementation of the regional Action Plans through support to the World Heritage Centre;
  9. Also requests the World Heritage Centre to present a progress report on the implementation of the Action Plan for Europe every two years as from 2019 (43rd session), and further requests the States Parties of North America to submit a progress report on the implementation of the Action Plan for North America at its 43rd session.
Decision Code
41 COM 10B.5
Periodic Reporting, Reports
Decisions adopted during the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee (Krakow, 2017)
Context of Decision