Advisory Committe Second Meeting
The Advisory Committee (AC) of the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARCWH), a body of 7 independent experts, held its second meeting on Jan. 31, 2015.
AC Members serve in a personal capacity and not as representatives of Member States. Ridha Fraoua Presided over the session held at ARCWH Headquarters in Manama, Bahrain.
AC members monitored the actual programme status and processes against what was planned according to the Centre strategy. They then advanced to the Centre a number of recommendations on the planning and implementation of the Programme as a whole.
The center strategy pinpoint three priority areas of intervention consistent with WHC 5c’s.
The first priority area is dedicated to the protection of endangered world heritage in the Arab region. The second priority area includes actions to address shortcomings and imbalances of the World Heritage List and getting a better coverage of natural sites. The third area concerns capacity building and includes training and technical assistance.
The Advisory Committee, in considering the current situation of the programme, praised the Centre for the activities and initiatives aimed at addressing the challenges facing world heritage in the Arab region.
Furthermore, the Advisory Board recommend the centre to:
A) highlight the programme impact according to the main strategic orientations of the Centre,
B) improve the networking of the Centre at the local, regional and international level,
C) to enhance actions aiming at more integration between natural and cultural heritage,
D) to raise awareness at the local and regional level, in particular towards decision makers .
The recommendations of the Advisory Committee will be submitted to the Governing Board of the Centre chaired by H.E. Sheikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa.
The third session of the ARCWH advisory Committee is scheduled for December 2015 at the Arab Regional Centre Headquarters in Manama.
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