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Reflection year after the First Cycle of Periodic Reporting

The completion of the first Cycle of Periodic Reporting has generated important information regarding the state of implementation of the World Heritage Convention, as well as about the state of conservation of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List.

Many States Parties found the Periodic Reporting exercise a useful activity with numerous positive outcomes. For example, many World Heritage site managers met each other for the first time and started developing a professional network.

In line with the Committee’s Decision 7 EXT.COM 5, “to study and reflect on the first cycle of Periodic Reporting”, some general conclusions were drawn from the completion of the first cycle and some issues and lessons were identified. The first Cycle exposed some flaws in the process and a need to revise the Questionnaire and the type of information that can realistically be expected from States Parties.

Two preparatory meetings to pave the way for the Periodic Reporting Reflection Year 2007 were organized by the World Heritage Centre (10-11 November 2005, Berlin, Germany, and 2-3 March 2006 at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France). These preparatory meetings offered a good opportunity to make an overall assessment of the process of the first cycle of Periodic Reporting in all regions and to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the format adopted by the World Heritage Committee and Questionnaire developed by the World Heritage Centre. The results of these two meetings were presented to the World Heritage Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006), which decided to create (Decision 30 COM 11G) a small Working Group to simplify the Periodic Reporting Questionnaire and elaborate indicators. 

First Cycle Regional Periodic Reports

Arab States




Asia and Pacific


Latin America and the Caribbean


Europe and North America


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