23rd session of the General Assembly of States Parties

UNESCO, Paris 24-26 November 2021

The 23rd session of the General Assembly held at UNESCO Headquarters, from 3.00pm on 24 November until 1.00pm on 26 November 2021, in Room II.

In accordance with Article 8, paragraph 1 of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, the General Assembly of States Parties to the Convention held its 23rd session during the 41st session of the General Conference of UNESCO.

Resolutions adopted
by the General Assembly 
WHC/21/23.GA/13

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Declaration of principles
to promote international solidarity and cooperation to preserve World Heritage

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Elections 
to the World Heritage
Committee in 2021

The General Assembly have been called upon, inter alia, to replace the outgoing members of the World Heritage Committee, in conformity with Rule 13.1 of the Rules of Procedures of the General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention concerning the presentation of candidatures for election to the World Heritage Committee.

The following 12 States Parties are outgoing in 2021

Australia Bahrain Bosnia and Herzegovina Brazil China Guatemala Hungary Kyrgyzstan Norway Saint Kitts and Nevis Spain Uganda

12 States Parties were elected to the World Heritage Committee

Argentina Belgium Bulgaria Greece India Italy Japan Mexico Qatar Rwanda Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Zambia

Results of the election of World Heritage Committee members

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Candidatures Received

State Party Electoral Group Proposed duration of mandate (years) Previous mandates CVs of experts*
Antigua and Barbuda Group III 4 years
(2021-2025)
0
Argentina Group III 4 years
(2021-2025)
2
1978-1985 2001-2005
Barbados Group III 4 years
(2021-2025)
1
2007-2011
Belgium Group I 4 years
(2021-2025)
1
1999-2003
Bulgaria Group II 4 years
(2021-2025)
2
1978-1983 1985-1991
Chile
has withdrawn its candidature by letter dated 22 November 2021
Group III
Colombia Group III 4 years
(2021-2025)
3
1989-1995 1999-2005 2011-2015
France
has withdrawn its candidature by letter dated 4 June 2021
Group I
Greece Group I 4 years
(2021-2025)
2
1985-1991 1997-2003
India Group IV 4 years
(2021-2025)
3
1985-1991 2001-2007 2011-2015
Italy Group I 4 years
(2021-2025)
4
1978-1985 1987-1993 1993-1999 1999-2001
Japan Group IV 4 years
(2021-2025)
3
1993-1999 2003-2007 2011-2015
Jordan
has withdrawn its candidature by letter dated 11 August 2021
Group Vb
Mexico Group III 4 years
(2021-2025)
4
1985-1991 1991-1997 1997-2003 2009-2013
Mongolia Group IV 4 years
(2021-2025)
0
Morocco
has withdrawn its candidature by letter dated 19 November 2021
Group Vb
Qatar Group Vb 4 years
(2021-2025)
1
2011-2015
Rwanda Group Va 4 years
(2021-2025)
0
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Group III 4 years
(2021-2025)
0
Sweden
has withdrawn its candidature by letter dated 18 September 2020
Group I
Ukraine
has withdrawn its candidature by letter dated 22 June 2021
Group II
Zambia Group Va 4 years
(2021-2025)
0

* At its 20th session (UNESCO, 2015), the General Assembly approved the following format for the experts’ CVs in the field of cultural/natural heritage.

General Assembly
Rules of Procedure
WHC-14/GA/1 Rev. 4

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Basic Texts of the 1972 World Heritage Convention,
Edition October 2019

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FAQs about the election of World Heritage Committee members


WHC/21/23.GA/13
Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention at its 23rd session (UNESCO, 2021)
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