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41st Session of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee

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July 2-12, 2017 Kraków, Poland hosts the 41st Session of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee. The event is notable for several reasons, starting with the adoption of new world heritage sites as well as the potential for delisting sites that are not fulfilling their commitments.


  • Will the session be livestreamed?

Yes, on http://whc.unesco.org in the original, English and French versions. Videos of each half-day session will be uploaded to the World Heritage Centre’s website and that of the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee the day after the respective sessions. These videos may be used by media representatives. http://whc.unesco.org/include/tool_stream.cfm

  • Will pictures of the nominated sites be provided to the press?

Yes, pictures of the nominated sites are available at: http://whc.unesco.org/en/newproperties They may be used for non-commercial purposes by media representatives.

  • Will videos of the newly inscribed sites be provided to the press?

Videos of some sites will be made available after the inscription of a site at: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/multimedia/news-videos/b-roll

  • Where can I find important documents of the session?

All working documents are available online at: http://whc.unesco.org/en/sessions/41COM/documents

Key Links

http://whc.unesco.org - @unesco
http://whc.unesco.org/en/sessions/41COM - http://whc.unesco.org/en/sessions/41COM/documents




Side Events
All about the 41st World Heritage Committee session as well as important information on the programme and conference venue.

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Find a list of relevant contacts for specific requests to the organisers of the 41st World Heritage Committee session

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All information to prepare for your trip to Poland, such as visa and passport requirements, medical insurance, transfer.

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and Press
All information for the media and press: Press Material, B-roll, Media Kit, photos

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The session will be held at the ICE Krakow Congress Centre, Poland.

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Find comprehensive information on all matters of accommodation.

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Bureau Members
Chairperson: Mr Jacek Purchla (Poland)

Rapporteur: Mr Muhammad Juma (United Republic of Tanzania)

Vice-Chairpersons: Angola, Kuwait, Peru, Portugal, Republic of Korea

Committee Members
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  • Mandates

Angola, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Croatia, Cuba, Finland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Tunisia, Turkey, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, Zimbabwe

State of Conservation Reports


Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary
State of conservation report by the State Party / Rapport de l'Etat partie sur l'état de conservation

Tanzania: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
State of conservation report by the State Party / Rapport de l'Etat partie sur l'état de conservation

Mission Reports


Nepal: Report on the IUCN Reactive Monitoring mission to Chitwan National Park (Nepal), 14-21 March 2016

other headlines


Burrup Peninsula Aboriginal rock art could be given World Heritage status




About the forum

At a time where the World Heritage List includes over 1.000 properties and a global territory of over 276 million hectares under protection, greater comprehension of the World Heritage decision-making process among site-managers becomes crucial for more effective protection of Outstanding Universal Value (OUV). It allows the Convention to fulfil its potential as a tool and catalyst for World Heritage protection and heritage protection in general. At the same time, future improvements to the World Heritage decision-making procedures must build on and respond to greater engagement of those dealing with World Heritage on a day-to-day basis. The Forum is designed for participants selected from World Heritage sites for which a State of Conservation (SOC) report has been prepared and presented for decision making at the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee. Participants should be able to demonstrate their involvement in on-going management activities of World Heritage properties that they represent. Applications will be called through the Permanent Delegations to UNESCO, and the States Parties will be requested to submit up to three applications. Participants, preferably one per State Party, will be finally selected by the Host Country, in consultation with Advisory Bodies and the World Heritage Centre. P