Governing Board

The Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH) is guided and supervised by a Governing Board renewed every two years. The Board shall meet in ordinary session at regular intervals, at least once per calendar year and shall meet in extraordinary session convened by either the Chairman, or on the initiative of the Director-General of UNESCO or at the request of half of its members. The Board shall adopt its rules of procedure. For the first meeting, the procedure is established by the Government and UNESCO.
The Governing Board is composed of:
A.  Members with right to vote: 
  -  The Minister in the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain with responsibility for Culture, or his/her representative, as Chairperson of the Governing Board;
 - A representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain;
 -  A representative of each of the Member States from the "Arab States region" as defined in Article I of the present Agreement, which shall send to the Director-General of UNESCO a notification, in accordance with the stipulations of Article III, paragraph 2, these member states from the "Arab States region" having to be at the same time members of the World Heritage Committee at the moment of the formation of the Governing Board;
 - Representatives of a limited number of Member States, which shall send to the Director-General of UNESCO notification, in accordance with the stipulations of Article 3, paragraph 2, above in order to ensure, as far as possible, equitable geographical representation;
 - A representative of the Director-General of UNESCO. 


B. Observers with no right to vote:
 - A representative of each the Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Committee, i.e. ICOMOS, IUCN and ICCROM.
 - A representative of the Nordic World Heritage Foundation (NWHF);
 - A representative of the World Heritage Institute for Training and Research – Asia and The Pacific (WHITR-AP);
 - Member States referred to in Article III, paragraph 2, hereof but which are not members of the Governing Board.

The composition of the Governing Board may be modified in accordance with the Procedures for revision defined in Article XXII of this Agreement.


The Governing Board shall:
  a) approves the establishment of the Centre;

decide on the participation of regional intergovernmental organizations and International organizations in the work of the Centre as observes with no right to vote;

 c) determine the composition of the Executive Committee, and of the Advisory committee;
 d) approve the initial development strategy and working methods of the Centre;
 e) approve the long-term and medium-term programmes of the Centre;
 f) approve the annual work plan and budget of the Centre including staffing provisions, infrastructure requirements and operating costs;
 g) examine the annual reports submitted by the Director of the Centre;
 h) issue the rules and regulations and determine the financial, administrative and personnel management procedures of the Centre.
 i) convene special consultative sessions to which it shall invite; in addition to its own members, representatives of other interested countries and international organizations in order to expand the Centre's fundraising strategy and strengthen its capabilities to draw up proposals to broaden the scope of the services provided by the Centre, and to carry out its projects and activities.
 j) establish the Executive Committee, from among its members, to ensure continuity in day-to-day management of the Centre, between sessions of the Governing Board.


Executive Committee is composed of:
  a)  the Chairperson of the Governing Board

the Chairperson of the Advisory Committee

 c) a representative of the Director-General of UNESCO
 d) one to three members from the Governing Board to be determined by the Governing Board
The Director of the Centre, shall participate in the committee as an ex-officio member without the right to vote.