World Heritage Committee

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The World Heritage Committee is the group which decides on the places to be listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It makes sure that the agreements in World Heritage Convention are followed. It also decides how the money in the World Heritage Fund is spent. The committee has 21 members who are elected from the 188 countries that have agreed to the World Heritage Convention.[1]

According to the World Heritage Convention, committee members are elected for six years, however many of the representatives choose to be on the committee for only four years. This gives more countries a chance to take part.[1] At the 15th General Assembly (2005) all the committee members agreed to serve for only four years.[1]

Session[change | edit source]

The World Heritage Committee meets many times a year to discuss the management of existing World Heritage Sites, and to look at possible new sites. A special meeting, known as the World Heritage Committee Session, takes place each year where sites are added (inscribed) to the World Heritage List.

The annual session takes place in cities all over the world. With the exception of meetings held in Paris, where the UNESCO headquarter office is located, only countries who are members of the World Heritage Committee have the right to hold a Session. The cities are decided by the Committee.

Session Year Date Host city State party
1 1977 27 June–1 July Paris  France
2 1978 5 September–8 September Washington, D.C.  United States
3 1979 22 October–26 October Cairo & Luxor  Egypt
4 1980 1 September–5 September Paris  France
5 1981 26 October–30 October Sydney  Australia
6 1982 13 December–17 December Paris  France
7 1983 5 December–9 December Florence  Italy
8 1984 29 October–2 November Buenos Aires  Argentina
9 1985 2 December–6 December Paris  France
10 1986 24 November–28 November Paris  France
11 1987 7 December–11 December Paris  France
12 1988 5 December–9 December Brasília  Brazil
13 1989 11 December–15 December Paris  France
14 1990 7 December–12 December Banff  Canada
15 1991 9 December–13 December Carthage  Tunisia
16 1992 7 December–14 December Santa Fe  United States
17 1993 6 December–11 December Cartagena  Colombia
18 1994 12 December–17 December Phuket  Thailand
19 1995 4 December–9 December Berlin  Germany
20 1996 2 December–7 December Mérida  Mexico
21 1997 1 December–6 December Naples  Italy
22 1998 30 November–5 December Kyoto  Japan
23 1999 29 November–4 December Marrakech  Morocco
24 2000 27 November–2 December Cairns  Australia
25 2001 11 December–16 December Helsinki  Finland
26 2002 24 June–29 June Budapest  Hungary
27 2003 30 June–5 July Paris  France
28 2004 28 June–7 July Suzhou  China
29 2005 10 July–17 July Durban  South Africa
30 2006 8 July–16 July Vilnius  Lithuania
31 2007 23 June–1 July Christchurch  New Zealand
32 2008 2 July-10 July Quebec City  Canada
33 2009 22 June-30 June Seville  Spain
34 2010 25 July-3 August Brasília  Brazil
35 2011 19 June-29 June Paris  France
36 2012 25 June-5 July Saint Petersburg  Russia

References[change | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "The World Heritage Committee". UNESCO World Heritage Site. http://whc.unesco.org/en/comittee/. Retrieved 2006-10-14.

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