The UNESCO Director-General has convened a meeting on 2 and 3 October 2012 at UNESCO Headquarters, within the framework of the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, to take stock of and review the future direction of the 1972 World Heritage Convention.

The meeting will discuss the effectiveness of the rules and procedures for implementing the World Heritage Convention in meeting the current and emerging challenges with a view to identifying relevant adaptive measures including reviewing as necessary the related programmes by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.