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The World Heritage Committee establishes the sites to be listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It 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 States Parties. It is composed of 21 state parties[1] which are elected by the General Assembly of States Parties for a four-year term.[2]

According to the World Heritage Convention, a committee member's term of office is for six years, however many states parties choose voluntarily to be Members of the Committee for only four years, in order to give other states parties an opportunity to be on the committee.[2] For instance, all members elected at the 15th General Assembly (2005) have voluntarily decided to reduce their period of term of office from six to four years.[2]

World Heritage Committee Session

The World Heritage Committee meets many times a year to discuss the management of existing World Heritage Sites, and accept the nominations from countries. A session, known as the World Heritage Committee Session, takes place annually where sites are inscribed on the World Heritage List, after presentations made by the IUCN and/or ICOMOS, and deliberations made among the state parties.they meet once a year.

The annual session takes place in cities all over the world. With the exception of those held in Paris, where the UNESCO headquarter office is located, only state parties who are members of the World Heritage Committee have the right to host a future Session, pending approval by the Committee, as well as provided that the concerned State Party’s term will not expire before it hosts the Session.

Session Year Date Host city State party
1 1977 27 June–1 July Paris  France
2 1978 5 September–8 September Washington, D.C.  United States
3 1979 22 October–26 October Cairo & Luxor  Egypt
4 1980 1 September–5 September Paris  France
5 1981 26 October–30 October Sydney  Australia
6 1982 13 December–17 December Paris  France
7 1983 5 December–9 December Florence  Italy
8 1984 29 October–2 November Buenos Aires  Argentina
9 1985 2 December–6 December Paris  France
10 1986 24 November–28 November Paris  France
11 1987 7 December–11 December Paris  France
12 1988 5 December–9 December Brasilia  Brazil
13 1989 11 December–15 December Paris  France
14 1990 7 December–12 December Banff  Canada
15 1991 9 December–13 December Carthage  Tunisia
16 1992 7 December–14 December Santa Fe  United States
17 1993 6 December–11 December Cartagena  Colombia
18 1994 12 December–17 December Phuket  Thailand
19 1995 4 December–9 December Berlin  Germany
20 1996 2 December–7 December Mérida  Mexico
21 1997 1 December–6 December Naples  Italy
22 1998 30 November–5 December Kyoto  Japan
23 1999 29 November–4 December Marrakesh  Morocco
24 2000 27 November–2 December Cairns  Australia
25 2001 11 December–16 December Helsinki  Finland
26 2002 24 June–29 June Budapest  Hungary
27 2003 30 June–5 July Paris  France
28 2004 28 June–7 July Suzhou  China
29 2005 10 July–17 July Durban  South Africa
30 2006 8 July–16 July Vilnius  Lithuania
31 2007 23 June–1 July Christchurch  New Zealand
32 2008 2 July-10 July Quebec City  Canada
33 2009 22 June-30 June Sevilla  Spain
34 2010 Brasilia  Brazil


  1. ^ According to the UNESCO World Heritage website, states parties are countries that signed and ratified The World Heritage Convention. As of November 2007, there are a total of 185 state parties.
  2. ^ a b c "The World Heritage Committee". UNESCO World Heritage Site. Retrieved 2006-10-14.  


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