In the framework of the chairmanship of the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee, the Republic of Azerbaijan is organizing the meetings of the Ad Hoc Working Group. According to the decision 42 COM 12A of the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee, the mandate of the Ad Hoc Working Group is defined as following:
Examine different possibilities of reforming the nomination process and propose recommendations in view of increasing the balance and credibility of the World Heritage List; Discuss the modalities for the possible use of advisory services of other entities with suitable experience and knowledge, in line with UNESCO’s rules and regulations, and in addition to the current three Advisory Bodies;
The composition of the working group has been defined as the Committee member states and up to two non-member states per electoral group. Overall 33 member states together with the representatives of the World Heritage Center and Advisory Bodies are participating in the work of the Working Group. The Working Group is chaired by the Second Secretary of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Azerbaijan to UNESCO, Mr Rashad Baratli.
So far, the Working Group had already three meetings and discussed in depth the issues within its own mandate. The meetings were held in UNESCO HQ on 19 November, 21 January and 25 February. It is planned that the Group will have four more meetings and also one open-ended meeting for all interested member states.
The outcomes of the Ad Hoc Working Group will be presented to the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan from June 30 till July 10 2019.