IUCN’s advice to the World Heritage Committee following the COVID-19 pandemic

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre has recently announced the postponement to a later date of the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The timing of release of IUCN’s recommendations to the World Heritage Committee will be set by UNESCO, which is currently holding consultations to determine the exact dates of the postponed session.

UNESCO 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee, Baku, Azerbaijan

As the world struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic, IUCN continues to work closely with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre to adapt to the exceptional circumstances. IUCN remains fully committed to providing the highest quality of technical advice to the World Heritage Committee as its official advisory body on nature.

Every year, IUCN recommends necessary action for some 55-60 sites facing threats, and evaluates candidate sites aspiring to achieve World Heritage status for their natural values. The World Heritage Committee considers this advice during its annual session, which this year was originally due to take place in from 29 June to 9 July.

As the Secretariat of the World Heritage Convention, UNESCO issues all documents related to World Heritage Committee sessions, including IUCN recommendations. UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre has not yet set the dates for the publication of these documents for the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee.

Update (5 May 2020): UNESCO's World Heritage Centre has announced that “the dates of the dispatches of statutory documents for the 44th session will be established, in accordance with the Rules of Procedure, once the dates of the 44th session of the Committee are fixed.”

For official information on the Committee session, visit UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre website: https://whc.unesco.org/en/sessions/44com

Read also IUCN’s statement on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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