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World Heritage Committee

Logo of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee

The World Heritage Committee establishes the sites to be listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, defines the use of the World Heritage Fund and allocates financial assistance upon requests from States Parties. It is composed of 21 state parties[1] which are elected by the General Assembly of States Parties for a four-year term.[2]

According to the World Heritage Convention, a committee member's term of office is for six years, however many states parties choose voluntarily to be Members of the Committee for only four years, in order to give other states' parties an opportunity to be on the committee.[2] All members elected at the 15th General Assembly (2005) have voluntarily decided to reduce their period of term of office from six to four years.[2]


  • Sessions 1
  • Members 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The World Heritage Committee meets once a year to discuss the management of existing World Heritage Sites, and accept the nominations from countries.[2]

Session[3] 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
37 2013 17 June-27 June Phnom Penh  Cambodia
38 2014 15 June-25 June Doha  Qatar
39 2015 28 June-8 July Bonn  Germany
40 2016 10 July-20 July Istanbul  Turkey


  Members of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee
Member[4] Representative Notes
 Lebanon Vice-chairperson
 Peru Vice-chairperson
 Philippines Vice-chairperson
 Poland Vice-chairperson
 Republic of Korea Mr Eugene Jo Rapporteur
 Senegal Vice-chairperson
 Turkey H.E. Ambassador Gürcan Türkoğlu Chairperson
 Viet Nam
Total 21


  1. ^ According to the UNESCO World Heritage website, States Parties are countries that signed and ratified The World Heritage Convention. As of March 2013, there are a total of 190 State Parties.
  2. ^ a b c d "The World Heritage Committee". UNESCO World Heritage Site. Retrieved 2006-10-14. 
  3. ^ "Sessions". UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
  4. ^

External links

  • UNESCO World Heritage portal — Official website (English) and (French)
  • The World Heritage List — Official searchable list of all Inscribed Properties

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