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INFORMATION MEETING FOR STATES PARTIES TO THE WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION. 11 MARCH 2004 10H00-13H00 ROOM XI. MORNING AGENDA. 1.Introduction 2.Overview of 2003: 6th extraordinary session of the World Heritage Committee 27th session of the World Heritage Committee

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INFORMATION MEETINGFOR STATES PARTIES TO THE WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION

11 MARCH 2004

10H00-13H00

ROOM XI


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MORNING AGENDA

1.Introduction

2.Overview of 2003:

  • 6th extraordinary session of the World Heritage Committee

  • 27th session of the World Heritage Committee

  • 14th General Assembly of States Parties

  • IUCN - World Parks Congress

  • 14th General Assembly of ICOMOS

  • 23rd General Assembly of ICCROM

    3.28th session of the World Heritage

    Committee

  • Main issues

  • Presentation by Suzhou authorities

    4. Comments and Questions


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AFTERNOON AGENDA

  • Information meeting on Periodic Reporting for Europe and North America

    14.30 – 16.00

  • Update on preparations for an international event for safeguarding and promoting the World Heritage of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (September 2004)

    16.00 – 18.00

Tea and coffee available outside the room

16.00 – 16.30


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1. INTRODUCTION


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MEMBERSHIP OF THE CONVENTION

177 States Parties to the World

Heritage Convention

Since October 2001 twelve States

have ratified the World Heritage

Convention


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Barbados

Bhutan

Eritrea

Federated States of

Micronesia

Kuwait

Lesotho

Liberia

Marshall Islands

Palau

Republic of Moldova

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Vanuatu

WELCOME TO NEW STATES PARTIES


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2.OVERVIEW OF 2003


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6TH EXTRAORDINARY SESSION OF THE WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE

PARIS, UNESCO Headquarters

17 - 22 March 2003

Chairperson:

Mr Tamás Fejérdy

(Hungary)

Rapporteur:

Ms Bénédicte Selfslagh

(Belgium)


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STATUS OF THE 6TH EXT COM PROCEEDINGS

  • DECISIONS:

  • WHC-03/6 EXT.COM/8

  • (http://whc.unesco.org/archive/6extcom.htm)

  • SUMMARY RECORD:

  • WHC-03/27.COM/INF.8

  • Comments of 6th EXT COM participants have been incorporated

  • The revised text is now with the Rapporteur for final approval


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27TH SESSION OF THE WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE

PARIS, UNESCO Headquarters

30 June - 5 July 2003

Chairperson:

Ms Vera Lacoeuilhe

(Saint Lucia)

Rapporteur:

Ms Louise Graham

(South Africa)


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STATUS OF THE 27 COM PROCEEDINGS

DECISIONS:

WHC-03/27.COM/24

(http://whc.unesco.org/archive/decrec03.htm)

SUMMARY RECORD:

WHC-03/27.COM/INF.24

Text is now with the Rapporteur for approval


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WORLD HERITAGE LIST

48 States Parties with no World Heritage

properties


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LIST OF WORLD HERITAGE IN DANGER

Currently

there are 35

properties on

the List of

World Heritage

in Danger

Located in 28

States Parties

5 inscriptions

and 3 removals

in 2003


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WORLD HERITAGE FUND BUDGET

Budget for 2002-2003:

US$ 9,907,745

Budget for 2004-2005:

US$ 7,248,070


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WORLD HERITAGE FUND BUDGET

States Parties are encouraged to:

  • Pay their arrears to the World Heritage Fund

  • Make voluntary contributions to the World Heritage Fund

    World Heritage Centre is encouraged

    to seek more Partnerships


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14TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF STATES PARTIES

PARIS, UNESCO Headquarters

14 - 15 October 2003

Chairperson:

H.E. M Ahmad Jalali

(I.R of Iran)

Rapporteur:

Ms Alissandra

Cummins (Barbados)

Summary Record: WHC-03/14GA/10

(http://whc.unesco.org/archive/repga03.htm)


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WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE MEMBERSBureau members in red

*New members of World Heritage Committee


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GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Report by the World Heritage Committee

on its activities to the 32nd Session of the

General Conference of UNESCO-32C/REP/14

  • presented by

    Mr X. Zhang

    Chairperson of

    the WH Committee


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RESOLUTIONS

14 GA 5

  • D-G of UNESCO asked to explore additional resources from Regular Budget and extrabudgetary sources

  • Information to 28 COM as to the use of extra US$ 1 million from USA Special Account

    14 GA 8

  • Recommended additional financial resources be allocated to strengthen capacity in States Parties & regions under-represented in the World Heritage List

  • Suggested allocation of part of the carry-over of unobligated funds of the Regular Budget for 2002-2003 could be considered by the Executive Board during its future sessions


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60 NOMINATIONS RECEIVED BY DEADLINE OF 18H00 2 FEBRUARY 2004

  • 47 new nominations

  • 7 extensions

  • 3 nominations deferred by earlier sessions of the Committee

  • 3 transboundary nominations

  • 5 nominations received after the deadline


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REVISION OF THE OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES

  • The Centre has now finalized the text

  • The revised text is now with the Chairperson of the 27 COM for approval


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FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WORLD HERITAGE ACTIVITIES2003 - 2004

  • The World Heritage Review (English, French and Spanish)

  • The World Heritage Papers series

  • The World Heritage Newsletter


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THE WORLD PARKS CONGRESS (WPC)

THIS PRESENTATION WILL INTRODUCE:

1) THE WPC

2) KEY WPC ACTIVITIES AND MESSAGES FOR WH


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Vth IUCN World Parks Congress

Durban, South Africa

We met from Monday 8 September to Wednesday 17 September, 2003


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  • Vital Statistics

    • a) Over 3,300 participants from 157 countries

    • b) 42% from the developing world, balance of participation

    • c) A full very agenda in Durban

    • d) 200 sessions – workshops, side meetings and events


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  • Vital Statistics (cont.)

    • e) Large number of publications

    • f) many commitments made, including 200,000 sq. kms of new PAs and $US 45m to strengthen management

    • g) Reached out to a range of new partners and groups, including the private sector, indigenous people and youth


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  • WORLD HERITAGE AT THE WPC

    • World Heritage was one of the main cross cutting workshop themes at the WPC – An IUCN policy decision

    • A full WH programme included:

    • i) 2 pre – Congress workshops (Management Effectiveness and Marine World Heritage)


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  • WORLD HERITAGE AT THE WPC

    • ii) A 2 day “lessons learned” workshop (UNF projects)

    • iii) 39 World Heritage related presentations during the WPC

    • iv) 3 World Heritage dedicated workshops


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  • WORLD HERITAGE AT THE WPC

    • v) Well attended side events relating to: (a) tourism; (b) marine; (c) partnerships; (d) training; (e) IUCN/WCPA

    • vi) Recommendation 5.21 regarding World Heritage

    • vii) Wide range of publications

    • viii) A World Heritage exhibit


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KEY WPC MESSAGES FOR WORLD HERITAGE (WH)

  • WH sites play a key role in biodiversity conservation and sustainable development

  • A long term vision is essential

  • Many sites face threats and challenges. Management Effectiveness is critical

  • WH sites need to be linked within the landscape


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TRANSBOUNDARY WH sites ARE INCREASING


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KEY WPC MESSAGES FOR WORLD HERITAGE (WH)

  • use WH sites to leverage support for protected areas and conservation in general

  • build stronger links with other Conventions, including the CBD, Ramsar and Climate Change Conventions

  • strengthen cooperation and information exchange on lessons learnt between WH sites


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KEY WPC MESSAGES FOR WORLD HERITAGE

  • The potential of WH sites as flagships is significant

  • Capacity building and financing of WH sites needs to be strengthened

  • Expand partnerships and cooperation, particularly at local levels


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CONCLUSIONS

  • WPC underlined the role of WH sites as flagships for conservation and protected areas in general

  • The WPC provided an unprecedented opportunity for showcasing World Heritage and significantly raised the profile of World Heritage at global, regional and national levels


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14TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF ICOMOS

Victoria Falls

(Zimbabwe)

27 - 31 October

2003


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14TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF ICOMOS

  • 200 Delegates from 71 countries

  • International Scientific

    Symposium

    ‘Preserving

    intangible values

    in monuments and

    sites’

  • Focus on partnership between tangible and intangible heritage


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14TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF ICOMOS

Role that ICOMOS can play in integrating

the stated purposes of the International

Convention for the Safeguarding of the

Intangible Cultural Heritagewith the

guidelines for World Heritage properties


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23RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF ICCROM

  • Welcome of five new Member States

  • Approval of the

    report of the

    implementation

    of the Programme

    and Budget for

    2002-2003


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23RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF ICCROM

  • Approval of the provisional Programme and Budget for 2004-2005

  • Named

    Colin Pearson

    (Australia) as

    winner of the

    ICCROM Award


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3. 28TH SESSION OF THE WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE


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28TH SESSION OF THE WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE

SUZHOU, CHINA

28 June – 7 July 2004

(Bureau 27 June 2004)


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28TH SESSION OF THE WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE

27 June

Bureau session

28 June – 2 July

Committee meeting

3 July

Day off –visit to local sites

4 – 5 July

Committee meeting continues

6 July

Partners Day, Secretariat & Rapporteur prepare final Decisions

7 July

Committee adopts its final Decisions


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28TH SESSION IN 2004

Main issues:

  • Examination of more than 50 nominations

  • Periodic Report for Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Review of more than 100 State of Conservation reports


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CREDIBILITY OF THE WORLD HERITAGE LIST

28th session of the Committee

(Suzhou, 28 June – 7 July 2004) will:

  • Evaluate Cairns Decision

  • Examine analyses of World Heritage List and Tentative Lists prepared by IUCN and ICOMOS


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CAIRNS DECISION

Suite of decisions adopted by the 24th

session of the Committee to improve

the representativity of the List and

manage the workload of the

Committee, Advisory Bodies and the

World Heritage Centre


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CAIRNS DECISION - 2000

  • Limitation of the number of new nominations to be examined each year by the Committee

  • Limitation of one nomination by States Parties – except those who have no sites on the List


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CAIRNS DECISION - 2000

  • Respecting the Convention

  • Tentative Lists

  • Nominations


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CAIRNS DECISION - 2000

  • Resolution of the 12th General Assembly, 1999

  • Capacity Building for under-represented Regions


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CAIRNS DECISION

  • Review of the Cairns Decision after two years of implementation

  • Decision 27 COM 14

  • Circular Letter sent on 15 September 2003 – less than 20 comments & proposals received from States Parties

  • Deadline: 31 December 2003

  • http://whc.unesco.org/cairns/


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CAIRNS DECISION

Establishment of an open-ended

working group at the beginning of the

28th session of the Committee

(Suzhou, China, 28 June - 7 July 2004)


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AT THE END OF 28 COM

Elections of the new Bureau of the World Heritage Committee


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THE 28TH COMMITTEE SESSION

  • Time: 28 June - 7 July 2004

  • Venue: Suzhou, China

  • Participation: 450-500 persons


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THE HOST COUNTRY STEERING COMMITTEE

Composed of representatives from China's:

  • Chinese National Commission for UNESCO

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Ministry of Education

  • Ministry of Construction

  • State Administration of Cultural Heritage

  • Jiangsu provincial government

  • Suzhou municipal government

  • Other relevant agencies


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THE WORLD HERITAGE CENTRE AND THE PREPARATORY OFFICE FOR THE 28TH COMMITTEE SESSION


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PRESENTATION BY THE CHINESE NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR UNESCO


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PRESENTATION BY SUZHOU AUTHORITIES


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4. COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS


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Copies of this presentation are available at:

http://whc.unesco.org/archive/infomtg_110304.pps


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