Protection of Palestinian cultural and natural heritage
Follow-up to Periodic reporting in Africa
Follow-up to Periodic reporting in Asia and the Pacific
Performance indicators for World Heritage Programmes
Progress report on the Global Training Strategy
Progress report on the Partnerships for World Heritage Conservation (PACT) Initiative
Publication plans (including budgeted proposals) for a compilation of World Heritage basic texts, guidance documents for the protection of World Heritage properties that would supplement the Operational Guidelines and a handbook on the World Heritage Convention
Report on the use of the World Heritage emblem
Election of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairpersons and Rapporteur
Provisional Agenda of the 29th session of the World Heritage Committee (June - July 2005)
25.1 New voting mechanism for the election of the Members of the World Heritage Committee
25.2 Provisional Agenda of the 7th extraordinary session of the World Heritage Committee (UNESCO Headquarters, Paris,
Annex III – Recommendations and Decisions of the 28th session of the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee
1. OPENING SESSION
Document : WHC-04/28.COM/INF.1 The 28th session of the World Heritage Committee was opened by Mr Zhang Xinsheng (China) Chairperson, on 28 June 2004 in Suzhou, China. (Chairperson's opening address is attached as an Annex to the Summary Record of this session, document reference: WHC-04/28.COM/INF.26). The Chairperson welcomed H.E. Mme Chen Zhili, State Councillor of the People's Republic of China, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Liang Baohua, Governor of Jiangsu Province, Mr Michael Abiola Omolewa, President of the UNESCO General Conference, Mr Hans-Heinrich Wrede, President of the Executive Board, Mr Yang Weize, Mayor of Suzhou, Committee Members, States Parties and all observers. The 21 members of the Committee: Argentina, Benin, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Portugal, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, South Africa, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland participated in the session.
72 States Parties to the World HeritageConvention who are not members of the Committee were represented as observers: Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Barbados, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Holy See, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Venezuela, Vietnam and Yemen.
The Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to UNESCO also attended this session as an observer.
Representatives of the Advisory Bodies to the Committee, namely the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN) also attended the session.
The List of Participants is attached to this document as Annex I.
INTRODUCTION BY THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF UNESCO
The address of the Director-General of UNESCO is attached as an Annex to the Summary Record of this session, document reference :
WELCOME BY THE HOST COUNTRY
The addresses made by the representatives of the Host Country are attached as Annexes to the Summary Record of this session, document reference: WHC-04/28.COM/INF.26.
WHC-04/28.COM/INF.4 28 COM 4The World Heritage Committee,
1. Taking into consideration Rule 8 (Observers) of the Rules of Procedure of the Committee,
2. Authorises the participation in the 28th session as observers of those representatives of the international governmental organizations (IGOs), international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), permanent observer missions to UNESCO and non profit-making institutions having activities in the fields covered by the World HeritageConvention, who have requested observer participation at the session and as listed under Section I of document WHC-04/28.COM/4;
3. Confirms the participation in the 28th session as observers of all those invited by the Director-General of UNESCO in accordance with Rule 8.4 of the Rules of Procedure and as listed in Section II of the document WHC-04/28.COM/4;
5. Adoption OF THE AGENDA
Documents :WHC-04/28.COM/5 Prov.1
WHC-04/28.COM/INF.5 Rev 28 COM 5 The World Heritage Committee,
1. Decides to discuss item 14 prior to item 13 as recommended by the Bureau;
2. Adopts the agenda contained in Document WHC-04/28.COM/5Prov.2 as amended.
6. Report of the Rapporteur of the 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (PARIS, 30 June - 5 july 2003)
WHC-04/28.COM/INF.6 28 COM 6 The World Heritage Committee,
1. Takes note with satisfaction of the Report of the Rapporteur of the 27th session of the World Heritage Committee held at UNESCO Headquarters, (Paris, June-July 2003).
7. Report of the Rapporteur oF the 14th GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF STATES PARTIES (PARIS, 14 - 15 October 2003)
28 COM 7 The World Heritage Committee,
1. Notes with appreciation the Report of the Rapporteur of the 14th General Assembly of States Parties held at UNESCO Headquarters, (Paris, October 2003).
8. pROGRAMME AND bUDGET 2004-2005 (32C/5) APPROVED by the 32nd General conference of UNESCO
28 COM 8 The World Heritage Committee,
1. Takes note of document WHC-04/28COM/8.
9. Report of the WORLD HERITAGE CENTRE on its activities and on the implementation of the decisions of the World Heritage Committee
Document :WHC-04/28.COM/9Rev 28 COM 9 The World Heritage Committee,
Noting the Report of the World Heritage Centre presented in Part I of the document WHC-04/28.COM/9 Rev,
Recalling Decisions 27 COM 4 and 27 COM 5.1 and the need for the Committee to be kept informed on the implementation of its Decisions,
Takes note with appreciation of the special activity in support of World Heritage in the Democratic Republic of Congo;
Expresses its strong concern at the critical shortages of permanent staff in the World Heritage Centre – in particular in the Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and North America and Policy and Statutory Implementation units, which seriously impinge upon the responsibilities of the World Heritage Centre as Secretariat for the World HeritageConvention, and considers that such shortages need to be urgently addressed – at the latest, starting from the Programme and Budget of UNESCO for the biennium 2006-2007;
Takes note of the proposal for an on-line database for the implementation of the decisions of the Committee presented in Part II of document WHC-04/28.COM/9 Rev;
Requests the World Heritage Centre to submit, for its consideration at its 29th session (2005), the thematic initiatives of the World Heritage Centre on “Astronomy and World Heritage” and “Marine Conservation”;
Decides that the World Heritage Centre shall finalize and submit for the approval of the Chairperson of its 27th session (2003) the revised Operational Guidelinesfor the Implementation of theWorld Heritage Convention, as adopted at its 6th extraordinary session (2003). The revised Operational Guidelines shall be applied, if finalized, from 1 November 2004, with appropriate transitional arrangements where necessary. In particular, nominations submitted for consideration by the Committee at its 30th session in July 2006 will be considered and evaluated in accordance with the Operational Guidelines of 2002. Furthermore, the Chairperson of the 27th session of the Committee is authorized to include observations made by the Committee during its 28th session ;
Requests the World Heritage Centre to report on the on-line database at its 29th session (2005), on the understanding that such database will become operational from 1 April 2005, and that it will include information on the implementation of the decisions adopted at all its sessions, both ordinary and extraordinary, since its 26th session (2002);
Further requests the World Heritage Centre to develop a similar database for the decisions adopted by the General Assembly of the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention, and to report on such development at its 29th session (2005).
10. International Assistance 10AInternational Assistance requests
Documents :WHC-04/28.COM/10A Rev2
WHC-04/28.BUR/04Rev1 28 COM 10A.1 The World Heritage Committee,
1. Noting that no funds are available in 2004 for consideration of technical co-operation requests for cultural properties,
2. Also noting that the Bureau did not approve technical co-operation requests in advance on the 2005 budget (Decision 28 BUR 8.3),
3. Agreeing with the Bureau's recommendation not to approve requests in advance on the 2005 budget as it did at its last session in 2003 with regard to the use of the 2004 budget,
4. Decides that the following request:
Bangladesh : Study of the problems and monitoring of the internal moisture conditions of the monuments of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur,
be submitted again in 2005 for decision by the Committee, in accordance with the Operational Guidelines in force at that time, provided that the State Party concerned has paid its contributions to the World Heritage Fund as at 31 December 2004.
28 COM 10A.2The World Heritage Committee,
1. Noting the Bureau's recommendations 28 BUR 8.4 and 28 BUR 8.5, 2. Does not approve the request presented by Ghana: "Workshop on History, Slavery, Religion, and Culture in Ghana, linked with conservation and protection of the World Heritage";
3. Approves the request presented by Sudan: "Conservation of the mural painting of Gebel Barkal and the properties of the Napatan Region" for an amount of US$ 38,900;
4. Approves also the request presented by Botswana: "International Training Workshop for decision-makers on the World Heritage from Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands", for an amount of US$ 48,645, of which US$ 15,329 from the cultural heritage and US$ 33,316 from the natural heritage budget for training assistance;
5. Recommends to the State Party of Botswana, in the implementation of the above activity and in close consultation with the World Heritage Centre and the concerned Advisory Bodies, to give adequate consideration to natural heritage values and to adopt a methodology, which takes into consideration the concepts emerging from the current revision of the Operational Guidelines and the approaches to sustaining Outstanding Universal Value on World Heritage properties, which could lead to a much wider relevance and application.