Online Consultation on the World Heritage Policy Compendium with States Parties, Category 2 Centres and Civil Society is successfully completed
In February and March 2018, the World Heritage Centre carried out an online consultation with key World Heritage stakeholders on the first draft of the World Heritage Policy Compendium. The consultation gathered feedback and comments from key World Heritage stakeholders including States Parties to the World Heritage Convention. For the first time, the online consultation included also UNESCO Category 2 Centres specializing in World Heritage and civil society organisations from all regions with activities in the fields covered by the World Heritage Convention.
The consultation was carried out within the framework of the Policy Compendium project, which is being implemented through financial support received from the government of Australia.
The inclusive nature of the consultation and the wealth of feedback it has gathered will contribute to the elaboration of an accessible and user-friendly final Policy Compendium, which is foreseen as a centralized source of World Heritage policies to inform future decision-making and act as a catalyst to best practice World Heritage conservation.
The results of the consultation were examined by the Policy Compendium Working Group during its last meeting (13th – 15th of March 2018, UNESCO headquarters, Paris) and are being taken into account in the preparation of the first draft Policy Compendium - to be presented to the World Heritage Committee at its 42nd session (Manama, Bahrain, 24 June – 4 July 2018).
The World Heritage Committee,
- Having examined Document WHC/19/43.COM/11B,
- Recalling Decisions 35 COM 12B, 37 COM 13, 39 COM 12, 40 COM 12 and 42 COM 11 adopted at its 35th (UNESCO, 2011), 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013), 39th (Bonn, 2015), 40th (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016) and 42nd (Manama, 2018) sessions respectively;
- Thanks the Government of Australia and the Government of the Republic of Korea for their commitment and financial contribution in view of the development of the World Heritage Policy Compendium funded by Australia and the Policy Compendium Online Tool, funded by the Republic of Korea;
- Commends the Expert Working Group and the World Heritage Centre for their commitment and efforts in improving the first draft and finalizing the World Heritage Policy Compendium;
- Also commends the World Heritage Centre for successfully developing a user-friendly and easily accessible World Heritage Policy Compendium Online Tool and for successfully carrying out inclusive consultations with World Heritage stakeholders and welcomes the constructive positive feedback received;
- Endorses the World Heritage Policy Compendium and requests the World Heritage Centre to keep it regularly updated.