The Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage organizes the Arab and African Professionals Preliminary Assessment Process Meeting

The Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage, in cooperation with the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), organised the ‘Arab and African Professionals Preliminary Assessment Process Meeting’.  The meeting took place from 15 to 16 May 2024 in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain and was attended by a number of heritage experts from Arab and African countries.

In 2021, the World Heritage Committee approved a new set of principles for the Nomination process for the World Heritage List, including two stages (starting with the Preliminary Assessment stage), in order to improve the quality of Nominations submitted for the inscription on the World Heritage List and enhance cooperation between Member States of the World Heritage Convention and its Advisory Bodies.

Through numerous presentations by senior experts in the field and collective group working sessions, the experts were able to acquire new knowledge related to the Preliminary Assessment approved by the World Heritage Committee, as well as to be provided with the necessary tools and training to prepare initial assessment requests appropriately. Although the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) and criteria for the safety and authenticity of Nominated sites are considered self-evident by experts, the meeting addressed these aspects by focusing on developing the presentation method of OUV and criteria selection. The working sessions helped participants exchange experiences from different scientific and practical backgrounds.