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World Heritage Africa Region

5 May
African World Heritage Day

Proclaimed by the 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO (November 2015), African World Heritage Day (5 May) is an opportunity for people around the world, and particularly Africans, to celebrate the Continent’s unique cultural and natural heritage

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Action Plan 2012–2017
for the Africa Region

Action Plan 2012-2017 (updated 2016)

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 Improve the representation of African heritage sites on the World Heritage List through the preparation of successful nomination dossiers

Improve the state of conservation at World Heritage properties, by effective risk management, increased community involvement and direct economic benefits to local communities

Effectively manage existing properties by recognising, documenting and formalising traditional management systems and fully incorporating them into existing management mechanisms


Develop and implement strategies to enable States Parties to effectively address the challenge of balancing heritage conservation and development needs

Establish, and implement, necessary mechanisms for heritage conservation, protection and management in pre-conflict, conflict and post-conflict situations


Periodic Reporting

Every six years, the States Parties are invited to submit to the World Heritage Committee a periodic report on the application of the World Heritage Convention, including the state of conservation of the World Heritage properties located on its territories.

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Cycle 2

Main results
Africa Region
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Synthesis and analysis of the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting in Africa submitted in accordance with Decision 33 COM 11.C. It provides information on the data provided by States Parties in the Africa region on the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention at the national level (Section I), as well as the data provided on the World Heritage properties (Section II).

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Cycle 1

Main results
Africa Region
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Conclusions and recommendations of the synthesis Report on the state of conservation of the World Heritage in Africa, submitted in accordance with the strategic approach approved by the World Heritage Committee at its 23rd session (Marrakesh, Morocco, 29 November-4 December 2001).

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Decisions (9)
Show 43COM 10A.2 Progress report on the follow-up to the second cycle of the Periodic Reporting (Africa)
Show 40COM 10B.2 Follow-up to the Second Cycle of the Periodic Reporting Exercise for Africa region
Show 39COM 10B.2 Follow-up of the second cycle of the Periodic Reporting exercise for the other regions and general reflection on Periodic Reporting
Show 38COM 8E Adoption of Retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value
Show 38COM 10B.2 Progress Report on Periodic Reporting in the Africa region
Show 37COM 10C.2 Progress report on Periodic Reporting in Africa region
Show 36COM 10D Follow-up of the Second Cycle of the Periodic Reporting exercise for Africa Region
Show 07EXTCOM 5C Follow-up to Periodic Report for Africa
Show 25COM VII1 Report on the state of the World Heritage in the Africa Region