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World Heritage brings together exceptional cultural sites that belong to all humankind, such as the pyramids of Egypt, the city of Venice, the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu. The International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) takes part in the protection of this unique legacy.

Angkor, Siem Reap © Miel Delphine / ICOMOS

ICOMOS World Heritage Panel sessions 2020-2021


Panel 2021 PhotoThe 2021 cycle was particularly challenging in view of the exceptional circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Late technical evaluation missions carried out on an exceptional basis in December 2020 and January 2021 led to the organization of one ICOMOS World Heritage Panel session in November 2020 and two extraordinary sessions in January 2021.

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ICOMOS World Heritage Panel 2019 – 2020

Panel 2020 Photo







From 18 to 23 November 2019, the ICOMOS World Heritage Panel met at ICOMOS International Secretariat, Charenton-le-Pont, in order to discuss 17 cultural and mixed properties nominated for inscription on the World Heritage List in 2020. 

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Extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee, Fuzhou (China)/Online meeting, 16-31 July 2021

As an advisory body of the World Heritage Committee, ICOMOS provides advice and makes recommendations on all matters related to cultural and mixed heritage, including the inscription and monitoring of the state of conservation of properties. The World Heritage Committee deliberates and then makes a decision based on these recommendations.

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Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage organises workshop with the ICOMOS SDGs Working Group


As part of the activities developed in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2018 between ICOMOS International and the Arab Regional Center for World Heritage (ARC-WH), a First Workshop on Integrating the Policy Document on World Heritage and Sustainable Development and the 2030 Agenda into the implementation of the World Heritage Convention in the Arab States has been held online on 31 May, 1-2, 7-8 & 10 June 2021.

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