Third cycle of Periodic Reporting in Europe and North America underway: National focal points for the World Heritage Convention meet online

National Contact Points for the World Heritage Convention meet online

The third cycle of periodic reporting highlighted national focal points for implementation in Europe and North America with a two-day online event (October 20-21). World Heritage Convention in the region.

50th anniversary this year World Heritage Convention UNESCO has chosen to celebrate under the theme “World Heritage as a Source of Resilience, Humanity and Innovation”, after Arab countries, Africa and Asia Pacific, Europe and North America are the last regions to start the third cycle of periodic reporting. , and Latin America and the Caribbean. Now Europe and North America, with its 51 States Parties and 547 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, must actively participate in this introspective and forward-looking exercise.

Important information was shared with more than 80 representatives of States Parties of the Region regarding the overall objectives of periodic reporting, key dates for the Region and innovations introduced in relation to previous cycles in questionnaires to be completed by States Parties. . The meeting also included contributions from the World Heritage Committee’s three advisory bodies (ICOMOS, ICCROM and IUCN), which took the opportunity to provide a range of tools and resources. UNESCO Which States Parties can rely on from time to time reporting and thereafter.

State parties Europe and North America benefited from the experience of their predecessors through the participation of two national focal points. World Heritage Convention From Senegal and South Africa and an overview of the challenges they faced and lessons learned in the process they shared. Feedback on the development of the second cycle and particularly the Helsinki Action Plan was also shared by Focal Point. World Heritage Convention From Norway.

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Based on opportunities for regional cooperation and exchange through training, the kick-off meeting proved to be a valuable platform to reflect on the expected results of the third cycle, leading to a joint report and action plan for the first time. Europe and North America for approval by the World Heritage Committee.

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