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Reflection Period after the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting (2015-2017)

The Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting came to a close at the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (Bonn, 2015). It has brought to light important efforts underway to improve the protection, conservation and management of World Heritage properties and has helped identify the key factors affecting World Heritage.

However, a number of issues surrounding the process and format of Periodic Reporting have been identified by different World Heritage stakeholders. For this reason, the World Heritage Committee, recognizing the need to further improve the procedures of the exercise and to update it in line with various evolving factors, decided to enact a two-year reflection period from 2015 to 2017.

The Reflection Period will involve an expert working group that will propose improvements to the process and the questionnaire.

In addition, two Periodic Reporting Reflection Meetings should be held with the participation of the Expert group, representatives of States Parties, the World Heritage Centre, Advisory Bodies, UNESCO Field Offices, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, and Category 2 Centres, depending on extra-budgetary funding.

Periodic Reporting Reflection Survey for States Parties of the World Heritage Convention

Gathering comments from States Parties is the instrumental first step in the Reflection Period. Therefore, a Periodic Reporting Reflection Survey invites States Parties to comment on various elements of the Periodic Reporting exercise, including the process, format, use and analysis of data, relevance and efficiency.

Feedback from States Parties in these key areas outlined by the World Heritage Committee will provide valuable information to guide the working group and reflection meetings in developing revisions to the process.

Progress report on the Periodic Reflection Period

A progress report on the Periodic Reflection Period will be presented to the World Heritage Committee at its 40th session in 2016. This report will include a summary of the feedback collected from the Periodic Reporting Reflection Survey and the First Periodic Reporting Reflection Meeting as well as the Terms of Reference of the Expert group.

Key recommendations and the proposals for the Periodic Reporting process and questionnaire by the Expert group shall then be discussed and adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 41st session in 2017.

Background Documents

Reflection Year
after the First Cycle of Periodic Reporting

The completion of the first Cycle of Periodic Reporting has generated important information regarding the state of implementation of the World Heritage Convention, as well as about the state of conservation of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List. Many States Parties found the Periodic Reporting exercise a useful activity with numerous positive outcomes. For example, many World Heritage site managers met each other for the first time and started developing a professional network.


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