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Africa region concludes Data Analysis and Report Synthesis Online Workshop for the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the Africa Region

Wednesday, 4 November 2020 at 11:00
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 On 28 October 2020, the World Heritage Centre (WHC), in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) started the Data Analysis and Report Synthesis Online Workshop in the framework of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the Africa Region.

More than 35 participants from the AWHF, WHC, Advisory Bodies and international heritage experts met online for three days to discuss and work on the methodology for data analysis and synthesis, following the results of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting exercise in Africa.  The meeting initiates the process to review the first draft regional report and to outline recommendations as well an initial Action Plan for the implementation of the 1972 Convention in the Africa Region.

Ms Mechtild Rössler, Director of the WHC, opened the workshop by congratulating the group for the 100% submission of the Periodic Reporting online questionnaires in the Africa region. She stressed that it was the first time the region has achieved this since the launch of Periodic Reporting in 1998.  Despite substantial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Focal Points and World Heritage site managers, with the support of the WHC and the coordination team from the AWHF, found ways to continue their work and submitted on time.  Ms Rössler highlighted the resilience of the Africa region, the commitment of National Focal Points and site managers, as well as the fruitful collaboration of the AWHF, assisted by the coordination team, Advisory Bodies, UNESCO Field Offices of the Africa region, and the WHC. She also emphasised that the exercise offers an opportunity to enhance the implementation of Agenda 2030 as well as Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want. As such, this is part of UNESCO’s Global Priority Africa.

Mr Souayibou Varissou, Executive Director of the AWHF joined Ms Rössler in congratulating the team for their achievements. He reminded the participants that the success is a demonstration of the strong collaboration between the WHC and the WHF. Reflecting on the consequences of COVID-19 on the exercise, the director of AWHF also highlighted the importance of a discussion on how to build sustainable institutions and organisations, and how to use new technology for innovation in the sustainable conservation and effective management of African World Heritage. He confirmed that the outcomes of this cycle will add to the AWHF strategic plan for 2022.

Ms Ishalosen Odiaua, Regional coordinator from the AWHF shared the status of the implementation of the exercise including adjustments due to COVID-19, challenges and achievements, and the key issues raised during past meetings.

The mentors of the coordination team also shared the implementation experience in the different sub-regions, highlighting their respective challenges and adapted strategies to assist States Parties in completing the questionnaires. Ms Corinne Forest, Mentor for cultural heritage in Eastern and Southern Africa, presented the preliminary results of analysis of Section I of the questionnaires, completed by National Focal Points. The preliminary results illustrated different aspects of the implementation of the World Heritage Convention at a State Party level. The participants ended the session by discussing progress, deficiencies, and new challenges.

The Data Analysis and Report Synthesis Online Workshop continued from 28 to 30 October to discuss the results analysis at the level of World Heritage sites, and preparing the outline of the Regional Action Plan.

Wednesday, 4 November 2020 at 11:00
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Code: 45COM 10C.1

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/23/45.COM/10C,
  2. Recalling Decision 44 COM 10B adopted at its extended 44th session (Fuzhou/Online, 2021),
  3. Welcomes the progress made in the follow-up of the implementation of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting Action Plan in the Africa region (2021-2027);
  4. Expresses its appreciation to the African World Heritage Fund for its follow-up on the implementation of the Action Plan for Africa (2021-2027);
  5. Notes with appreciation the financial contribution of the Governments of China, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the Sultanate of Oman, to the activities carried out in the framework of the implementation of the Action Plan 2021-2027 for the Africa region;
  6. Calls upon States Parties to financially and technically support the implementation of the Regional Action Plan for the Africa Region through follow-up activities with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, the Advisory Bodies, the École du patrimoine mondial africain and the African World Heritage Fund;
  7. Takes note with satisfaction of the creation of the African Site Managers Network, working to develop a network of African universities and five centres of excellence in each of the five subregions to empower local experts and better institutionalise capacity development in implementing the World Heritage Convention in Africa and, notably, in synergy with the other UNESCO Culture Conventions;
  8. Requests the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, in collaboration with the Advisory Bodies, the African World Heritage Fund and with the support of States Parties, to continue its efforts to coordinate and implement the Regional Capacity Building Programme according to the Action Plan 2021-2027;
  9. Acknowledges with appreciation that the Strategy for World Heritage in Africa was informed by an inclusive consultation process, which included the seven Arab States located in the African Continent, and that it is aligned with the regional Action Plans for Africa and the Arab States;
  10. Also acknowledges with appreciation that the outcomes of the UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development – MONDIACULT 2022 (Mexico City, 2022), and the reflections undertaken at the international conference The Next 50 - The Future of World Heritage in Challenging Times, Enhancing Resilience and Sustainability (Delphi, 2022), as well as the Yaoundé Call to Action adopted at the Sub-Regional Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention in Central Africa (Yaoundé, 2022) have been taken into consideration in the implementation of activities carried out thereafter;
  11. Further reminds States Parties of the Africa region, which have not already done so, to submit their Retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value by 1 February 2024 at the latest, as well as clarifications of boundaries by 1 December 2023 at the latest;
  12. Reiterates its request to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre to monitor the implementation of the Regional Action Plan, in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund, in view of preparing a mid-cycle assessment report to be presented to the World Heritage Committee at its 46th session.

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