No State Party has stepped forward to host the next WHC.
I see that the final decision on this on Tuesday was to wait for the General Assembly meeting in Nov when, inter alia, the new Committee members will be elected. Presumably some State Party will have been persuaded by then but what to do if this is not the case isn't raised at this point!! In the mean time Poland continues in a form of "regency" as Chair, as do the other vice Chairs, Rapporteur etc etc and the Secretariat will cover certain other matters in the interim (The item is discussed from 2hr 49 minutes on 11 July in the recorded streaming). The question of why not Paris boils down to the cost of "security guards" in the evening (I joke not - this was actually said!!) - just too much for the budget.
One wonders if the time hasn't been reached for questioning the entire role and format of the WHC? Mention was made that there have been 2500 participants at this year's WHC (cut back on these to help pay for those expensive Parisian security guards??) ! Clearly there can be many networking benefits from such a meeting but it does seem to have developed into a rather unwieldy behemoth. But one cannot see such a root and branch question being raised when there are also so many political benefits to some participants from the current role and format!