41st Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee
The 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will take place in Kraków, Poland, from 2-12 July 2017, and will be chaired by Jacek Purchla, President of the Polish National Commission for UNESCO, Council Member of Europa Nostra and Director of the International Cultural Centre Krakow.
On 5 July, Europa Nostra, represented by its Secretary General Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, together with the Host Country represented by the National Heritage Board of Poland, will host the discussion “For a Structured Dialogue with Civil Society on World Heritage Matters” with the aim to enhance the quality and effectiveness of how civil society is involved in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention. Organisers hope that the initiative will help to establish regular dialogue, thus allowing the World Heritage Committee to fully benefit from the expertise and passion of communities and citizens who are active – as professionals or volunteers – in the field of cultural and natural heritage.
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For a Structured Dialogue with Civil Society on World Heritage Matters
The World Heritage Committee meets once a year, and consists of representatives from 21 of the States Parties to the Convention elected by their General Assembly.
The Committee is responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, defines the use of the World Heritage Fund and allocates financial assistance upon requests from State Parties. It decides on the inscription of properties on the World Heritage List. It examines reports on the state of conservation of inscribed properties. It also decides on the inscription or deletion of properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger.