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42nd Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee #42whc


Bahrain, newly elected member of the World Heritage Committee, hosts the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee from June 24 to July 4, 2018, in capital city Manama. Hashtag: #42whc

The event is notable for its adoption of new world heritage sites as well as the potential for delisting sites that are not fulfilling their commitments. Planeta.com will curate the highlights, headlines and a Twitter moment. Suggestions are welcome.

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General information

Provisional Agenda of the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee
(Manama, 2018)

Local Site

Questions for the organizers and participants

  • What would locals like visitors to know about Bahrain?
  • What are the key takeaways from this meeting?

Technical questions

  • Will media conferences be streamed online and if so, will they accept questions from remote participants?
  • Do videos have transcripts or captions?
  • Can we access or create transcripts?
  • Are there shared Google docs?
  • Is there a Twitter list of registered participants, sponsors or superfans?

Questions for the participants
How does this meeting compare to similar events?
Are you touring or exploring Bahrain during your visit?

Questions for UNESCO

Questions for the IUCN

  • Is there overlap in these discussions and travel and tourism in protected areas? Are TAPAS members contributing or following meeting?

Planeta.com Challenge
Our curated coverage is only as good as what others post that we can like, embed, fave and retweet about. If you are attending the conference, bonus points if you can take and share photos and videos of information tables, side-events and corridor chats.


Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Grand Canyon National Park


Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

Developing features
Galápagos Islands
Iguaçu National Park
Island of Mozambique
Kathmandu Valley
Western Caucasus

During the World Heritage Committee session, the Committee reviews the state of conservation of World Heritage sites, inscribes new sites on the World Heritage List, and attends to other matters involved in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.

The 21 States Parties of the current World Heritage Committee are the following:

AngolaAustraliaAzerbaijanBahrainBosnia and HerzegovinaBrazilBurkina FasoChinaCubaGuatemalaHungaryIndonesiaKuwaitKyrgyzstanNorwaySaint Kitts and NevisSpainTunisiaUgandaUnited Republic of TanzaniaZimbabwe

The Chair of the Committee, Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, is an international lawyer who served as Bahrain’s first female ambassador when she became Ambassador to France (1999 to 2004) and was the third woman to preside at the UN General Assembly. The Rapporteur is Anna E. Zeichner of Hungary. Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, Spain and Zimbabwe were elected as Vice-Chairs of the Committee.

Twitter Moment
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