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For general questions about World Heritage, see the FAQ of the World Heritage Centre.
- Prior to inscription: No. The evaluation process of nominated properties for inscription on the World Heritage List is confidential until the World Heritage Committee makes a final decision at its annual session in June or July.
- After inscription: Yes. Nomination dossiers of inscribed World Heritage properties are available for consultation at the ICOMOS Documentation Center or online on the World Heritage Centre website (When you consult a site on the World Heritage List, select the Documents tab).
No. The nomination dossiers that have been referred, deferred or non-inscribed by the World Heritage Committee are archived by ICOMOS and are not available to the public.
Nomination dossiers of inscribed properties contain the following components:
- Documentation and information provided by the State Party :
- Identification of the property
- Description of the property
- Justification for inscription
- State of conservation and factors affecting the property
- Protection and management
- Contact information of responsible authorities
- Signature on behalf of the State Party
- Photographs, slides, videos, etc.
- Copies of the site’s management plan, legislation and other legal instruments
- Maps, architectural surveys, etc.
- ICOMOS Evaluation
Yes. Every year, ICOMOS’ recommendations on new nominations are made public six weeks before the annual session of the World Heritage Committee. You can find the recommendations from 1999 to the present day by clicking here.
Yes. You can see them here.
No. The desk reviews and mission reports carried out by ICOMOS experts are for internal use only. They are not available to the public.
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