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Resolution 21 GA 10
World Heritage and Sustainable Development

The General Assembly,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/17/21.GA/10,
  2. Recalling Decisions 39 COM 5D, 40 COM 5C, and 41 COM 5C adopted respectively at its 39th (Bonn, 2015), 40th (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016) and 41st (Krakow, 2017) sessions, as well as Resolution 20 GA 13, adopted by the General Assembly at its 20th session (UNESCO, 2015),
  3. Takes note of the follow-up activities and the progress made by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies in disseminating and mainstreaming the World Heritage Sustainable Development Policy (WH-SDP) into the processes of the World Heritage Convention and in operational and capacity building activities and of the support provided by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to Members States in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
  4. Underlines the need to achieve appropriate balance and integration between the protection of the Outstanding Universal Value of World Heritage properties and the pursuit of sustainable development objectives;
  5. Calls upon States Parties, in their pursuit in the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, to harness mainstreaming the WH-SDP into their national processes related to World Heritage, in full respect of the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage properties;
  6. Also calls upon States Parties to provide funding for the implementation of the WH-SDP at national, regional and international levels;
  7. Further calls on States Parties to support capacity-building programmes and activities aimed at providing methodologies and tools for integrating heritage conservation into sustainable development frameworks and mainstreaming the WH-SDP in conservation and management activities;
  8. Requests the World Heritage Centre, the Advisory Bodies and the Category 2 Centres to pursue the implementation of the WH-SDP and also requests the World Heritage Centre to report on progress to the World Heritage Committee.
Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention at its 21st session (UNESCO, 2017)
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