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PROVISIONAL AGENDA FOR THE 27TH SESSION OF THE BUREAU OF THE WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE (UNESCO HEADQUARTERS, PARIS, MARCH 2003)



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26 PROVISIONAL AGENDA FOR THE 27TH SESSION OF THE BUREAU OF THE WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE (UNESCO HEADQUARTERS, PARIS, MARCH 2003)



Document: WHC-02/CONF.202/23
1. On Friday morning, 28 June, the Chairperson recalled that his predecessor, Mr H. Lilius, had suggested to organize an extraordinary Committee session in order to finalize all reform processes. Referring to the current situation, the Chairperson proposed to the Committee to replace the April Bureau session by an extraordinary session of the Committee. He recalled the wish of several Committee members to avoid unnecessary repetitions of discussions at both the Bureau and the Committee sessions.
2. The Delegate of Thailand wondered whether the Committee could not – at least for some agenda items - take note of the information provided without debate.
3. The Legal Advisor confirmed that according paragraphs 2.2. and 9.3. of the Rules of Procedure, the Committee could convene an extraordinary session in order to discuss the specific items for which the meeting was convened.
4. At the request of the Delegate of India, the Chairperson repeated the procedure for convening an extraordinary meeting.
5. The Delegate of Finland fully supported the Chairperson’s proposal and asked that all pending reform issues be examined at this extraordinary session.
6. The Delegate of the United Kingdom supported the proposal, emphasizing that the extraordinary session of the Committee would replace the Bureau session.
7. The Chairperson responded to the Delegate of South Africa that the extraordinary session could be held at the beginning of April. If needed, the Bureau could meet during the same week to examine international assistance requests and other issues. The Chairperson concluded the debate at that stage by inviting the Secretariat to prepare a draft agenda for an extraordinary session.
8. The discussion was resumed in the afternoon. The Director of the Centre informed the Committee that the extraordinary session could be organized at UNESCO headquarters in Paris from 17-22 March 2003, if the Committee so decided. He recalled that in addition to meetings of the World Heritage Committee and its Bureau in 2003, the 14th General Assembly of States Parties would meet in October/November 2003.
9. The Delegate of Saint Lucia commented that there would be no new documents to be prepared for the extraordinary session of the Committee as all items were being deferred from the current session of the Committee.
10. A number of Committee members noted that it was important to ensure enough time between the extraordinary and ordinary sessions of the Committee to allow time for applying the new budget structure - to be approved at the extraordinary session (March 2003) - to the new biennial budget for 2004-2005 – which in turn needed to be approved at the ordinary session of the Committee (June-July 2003).
11. The Delegate of Egypt stressed the importance of including a mechanism to evaluate the Strategic Objectives included in the Budapest Declaration on World Heritage at future sessions of the World Heritage Committee. He also expressed his concern about the potential additional cost of the extraordinary session of the Committee and recalled his earlier request to extend ordinary sessions rather than organize extra sessions of the Committee.
12. The Delegate of India considered it important for the policy/legal issues concerning inscription of properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger and deletion from the World Heritage List to be deferred to the extraordinary session of the Committee. She suggested that the discussion on the working methods (to be considered as part of the revision of the Rules of Procedure) should be guided by the objectives of achieving simplicity and a reduction of work. She commented that ample time would be required for the revision of the Operational Guidelines.
13. The Chairperson invited the Secretariat to include in the draft agenda for the extraordinary session of the Committee the revision of the budget structure and the agenda items the Committee could not examine at this session due to time constraints. He recalled that the number of new documents would be limited and that the extraordinary session would replace the ordinary session of the Bureau.
14. A draft agenda for the possible extraordinary session of the Committee prepared by the Secretariat, was circulated on Saturday 29 June along with a draft agenda for the Committee’s ordinary session. The Director of the Centre asked that this session would be organized mid March at the latest in order not to disturb the normal cycle and distribution of the documents of the ordinary session of the Committee.
15. The Delegate of South Africa recalled that as no new documents were required the session could be organized even before mid March.
16. The Delegate of Belgium noted that amongst the different agenda items, the revision of the Operational Guidelines would in itself require several days.
17. The Director of the Centre further recalled that the deadline for the nominations being 1 February, the Secretariat needed enough time to establish the list of all nominations received with their status ‘complete’ or ‘incomplete’. If more than 30 complete nominations were received by that date, taking into account the limit of one nomination per State Party already represented on the list, the Committee would have to decide which nominations to examine in 2004 at its extraordinary session in 2003.
18. The Delegate of Egypt reiterated his concerns about the costs of an additional meeting.
19. The Delegate of the United Kingdom recalled that the extraordinary meeting would replace the Bureau session.
20. The Delegate of Saint Lucia supported the proposal to organize the extraordinary session as soon as possible after 1 February, so that the revised structure for the budget could be implemented starting the biennium 2004-2005. She also asked when the Committee would look again at the item "Relations with UNESCO".
21. The Secretariat recommended to limit the number of agenda items for the extraordinary session and suggested to include the Relations with UNESCO in the agenda item on the preparation of the General Conference.
22. The Delegate of Egypt noted however that it was a specific issue to deal with. He asked also when the Bureau would meet.
23. The Director of the Centre recalled that the Bureau would meet during the extraordinary Committee session.
24. The Chairperson concluded that there was a consensus to convene an extraordinary session of the Committee as soon as possible after 1 February with the proposed agenda (decision 26 COM 26).





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