At its 35th session (UNESCO, Paris, 2011), and within the wider framework of the Revisions to the Operational Guidelines, the World Heritage Committee welcomed “the offer of the Government of Poland to host an expert meeting on criterion (vi) in the first quarter of 2012 and requests the World Heritage Centre to report on the results of this meeting to the 36th session of the World Heritage Committee in 2012” (Decision 35 COM 13).
On account of this, the State Party of Poland, in close cooperation with the State Party of the United Kingdom and with the support of the World Heritage Centre will organize an expert meeting on criterion (vi).
This meeting will be held from 28 to 30 March 2012, in Warsaw, Poland. The main objectives of this expert meeting will be to identify issues relating to the use of criterion (vi), to consider what guidance is available to assist States Parties when preparing nominations under this criterion and to discuss past decisions of the Committee in this regard since the restriction of the use of this criterion in 1979.
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/13,
2. Recalling Decisions 31 COM 16, 32 COM 13, 33 COM 13, 34 COM 8B.31 and 34 COM 13 respectively adopted at its 31st (Christchurch, 2007), 32nd (Quebec City, 2008), 33rd (Seville, 2009) and 34th (Brasilia, 2010) sessions,
3. Takes note of the results of the Working Group on the revision of the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention established as a Consultative Body (Brasilia, July-August 2010) presented in Section I and the results of the Working Group (UNESCO, Paris, November 2010) presented in Section II of Document WHC-11/35.COM/13;
4. Adopts these revisions to the Operational Guidelines;
5. Welcomes the offer of the Government of Poland to host an expert meeting on criterion (vi) in the first quarter of 2012 and requests the World Heritage Centre to report on the results of this meeting to the 36th session of the World Heritage Committee in 2012;
6. Reiterates its request to the World Heritage Centre, in cooperation with the Advisory Bodies, to organize an expert meeting to reflect on the integrity of cultural properties and to seek extrabudgetary funding to support the organization of this meeting;
7. Requests the World Heritage Centre to integrate all changes in a revised version of the Operational Guidelines for electronic and hardcopy publication.
8. Decides to establish an open-ended working group on the Operational Guidelines at the 36th session of the World Heritage Committee in 2012 to consider the proposals made by Jordan on paragraph 68 and reflect on other elements of the Operational Guidelines as may be proposed by other States Parties.Read more about the decision