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Decision 41 COM 7B.58
Brasilia (Brazil) (C 445)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/17/41.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 39 COM 7B.88, adopted at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015),
  3. Commends the progress made in establishing institutional mechanisms for the cooperation and coordination between the National Historic and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN) and the Federal District Agency for Territorial Management and Housing (SEGETH), and other parties, and that a joint Technical Support Group has been operational since 2015; and recommends that the effectiveness of this agreement be assessed after the initial three-year period in order to establish long-term mechanisms for institutional cooperation and coordination;
  4. Welcomes IPHAN Ordinance 166/2016 as a complement to Ordinance 314/1992 that establishes protective areas and protective zones for the World Heritage site and defines criteria for functions, density, building heights and open spaces; notes however that a number of civil and professional organizations expressed serious concerns about its impact and implications on core values and attributes of the property and therefore recommends that the State Party initiate an open debate to discuss these concerns and eventually review the Ordinance in order to strengthen it as a tool to preserve and enhance the OUV of the Urban Ensemble of Brasilia;
  5. Equally welcomes IPHAN Ordinance 184 that establishes conditions for temporary use and structures on the Esplanada dos Ministérios, Praça dos Três Poderes and their surroundings, and also recommends that the State Party consider even more restrictive regulations in this respect;
  6. Also notes that the process for the preparation of the Preservation Plan of Brasilia’s Urban Area (PPCUB) has been restarted and that a third draft will be finalized in the course of 2017, and requests the State Party to submit the final draft of the PPCUB as soon as it becomes available to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies;
  7. Also requests the State Party to provide to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2018, a report on:
    1. the alignment and interaction of the IPHAN Ordinances 166/2016, 314/1992 and the PPCUB,
    2. the assessment of the effectiveness of the Technical Support Agreement and Technical Support Group as a mechanism of institutional cooperation and coordination,
    3. the provisions for the review and approval of interventions in the Urban Ensemble of Brasilia as defined in Title IV of IPHAN Ordinance 166/2016 and the PPCUB;
  8. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2018, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above for review by the Advisory Bodies, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 43rd session in 2019.
Decision Code
41 COM 7B.58
States Parties 1
Properties 1
State of conservation reports
2017 Brasilia
Decisions adopted during the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee (Krakow, 2017)
Context of Decision