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We are preparing a new ‘Tentative List’ of natural, cultural and mixed sites for potential nomination for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List, to be submitted to UNESCO in 2011, with a view to putting forward nominations to the World Heritage Committee from 2012.
Inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is an acknowledgement of the truly global significance of such places. It is an honour and a privilege and can bring social and economic benefits. Because all World Heritage Sites have to be of truly global importance, the World Heritage List is inevitably very selective and many places of national or even of international, significance will not make it on to the list.
Inscription also carries responsibilities for the protection, preservation and transmission to future generations of the site’s Outstanding Universal Value. Preparing a nomination and managing sites for the long term are both costly. These commitments should not be underestimated and should be considered carefully before any application is made.
Applications, using the application form, are invited from Local Authorities and others throughout the UK, the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, and will be assessed by a panel of independent experts appointed by Government. A List will be submitted to Ministers for approval before going forward to UNESCO in 2011.
The closing date for applications is 11 June 2010.
Expert Panel - Expressions of Interest
The UK Government will be convening a panel of experts to consider applications for inclusion on a new Tentative List of sites for potential nomination to UNESCO for World Heritage status and to make recommendations to Ministers by the end of 2010. The Government would therefore like to invite expressions of interest from qualified individuals with knowledge of cultural and natural heritage to participate on the panel of experts, which will probably number 7-10 members. This will be an important and high-profile contribution to the UK’s cultural and natural heritage, and prospective panel members should have suitable qualifications in relevant fields. The Government will provide a secretariat to support the panel.
Expressions of interest are requested by not later than 5pm on 18 June 2010 via UKTL.Application@culture.gsi.gov.uk, clearly headed ‘Expert Panel’. Responses should include a CV and contact details. Prospective applicants should be aware that the meetings of the panel are likely to take place in London. Dates have not yet been confirmed, but the panel is expected to meet as follows: September (1 Day); October (2 days); and November (2 days) - there may be the need for additional meetings, notably only the form and content of the final report. Travel and subsistence will be provided, but there will be no additional remuneration available. All panel members must be impartial and should not be involved in the application process for any prospective UK UNESCO World Heritage Site. Anyone who is interested in taking part in the panel should also make it clear if they have any connection with any existing or prospective UNESCO sites. **
The Application Pack includes background information sheets on World Heritage and its context with the application form and guidance notes on its completion, and how to get further general guidance. Information sheet 10 is a list of further sources of information and useful websites. Applicants are strongly advised to read the whole pack carefully before completing the application form.
Please download the form before filling in. You should also refer to the Guidance Note for completing the Application form
The information sheets comprise the following sections:
- The Convention concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural (1972) - The World Heritage Convention
- Who does what: National Governments, World Heritage Committee and its advisers
- What is a World Heritage Site?
- What is the Tentative List?
- Requirements for inclusion on the World Heritage List
- UNESCO Criteria for assessment of Outstanding Universal Value
- UNESCO policy and priorities for future World Heritage Sites
- UK Policy on World Heritage Sites
- Information Sources (websites and publications)