The World Heritage Watch Report
Since 2015, World Heritage Watch has published an annual report compiling independent information from civil society on the situation at World Heritage properties. This report is intended to supplement the reports submitted by the States Parties. It is sent to the Member States of the World Heritage Committee, to the World Heritage Centre, and to the Advisory Bodies IUCN, ICOMOS and ICCROM*in time to be considered for their decisions.
* IUCN – International Union for the Conservation of Nature
ICOMOS – International Council for Monuments and Sites
ICCROM – International Centre for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments
The World Heritage Watch Forum
World Heritage Watch organizes an International Civil Society Forum twice a year: One in January at UNESCO in Paris where representatives of civil society and indigenous peoples present reports on the situation at World Heritage sites, and discuss them with representatives of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS, IUCN and ICCROM. A second Forum is held immediately preceding the annual session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, discussing strategic policy issues and coordinating interventions on the Session.
A Role for Non-governmental Organizations in the World Heritage Convention
World Heritage Watch lobbies the bodies of the World Heritage Convention that civil society organizations and indigenous peoples obtain rights of participation in the implementation of the Convention, such as
– The right to speak at meetings of the World Heritage Committee;
– The right to contribute to the reports and draft resolutions of the World Heritage Committee;
– The right to attend and be heard when the situation at World Heritage properties is examined on location;
– The right to have reports of NGOs delivered to the States Parties as part of the official documents of the World Heritage Convention.
In cases of an acute or serious threat to a World Heritage property, World Heritage Watch will call on the international community to struggle for the most valuable sites of our common heritage and to remind the governments of their responsibility for the world heritage.
As far as possible, World Heritage Watch will support local initiatives by funding practical projects for the protection and adequate utilization of World Heritage properties. Such projects may contribute, for example, to raising awareness of the general population, improving participation in decision-making processes, facilitating cultural activities related to the world heritage, developing world heritage tourism, other measures to strengthen the local economy, or promoting the training of experts in the management of World Heritage properties.
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