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Author winterkjm
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#1 | Posted: 20 Nov 2013 01:19 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Algeria - 2011-2015
Colombia - 2011-2015
*Croatia - 2013-2017
*Finland - 2013-2017
Germany - 2011-2015
India - 2011-2015
*Jamaica - 2013-2017
Japan - 2011-2015
*Kazakhstan - 2013-2017
*Korea, Republic of - 2013-2017
*Lebanon - 2013-2017
Malaysia - 2011-2015
*Peru - 2013-2017
*Philippines - 2013-2017
*Poland - 2013-2017
Portugal - 2013-2017
Qatar - 2011-2015
Senegal - 2011-2015
Serbia - 2011-2015
*Turkey - 2013-2017
*Vietnam - 2013-2017

Committee Representation
Asia and the Pacific: 7
Europe and North America: 7
Arab States: 3
Latin America and the Caribbean: 3
Africa: 1

Author winterkjm
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#2 | Posted: 25 Nov 2013 00:29 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Many are upset that Africa has almost no representation on the World Heritage Committee. Algeria is off course a part of the African continent, but is classified with UNESCO as an Arab State. So for the next couple years there will only be 1 (Senegal) African country voting for world heritage sites.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201311240316.html

Author Durian
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#3 | Posted: 25 Nov 2013 03:59 | Edited by: Durian 
I am really interesting in ASEAN representatives in UNESCO, the Southeast Asian countries did very well to secure their chairs. 3 of current commitee from ASEAN are Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam, while the previous one (also 3) were Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia so nothing change in number at all. Not sure is this the result of regional blog voting?

Author winterkjm
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#4 | Posted: 29 Nov 2015 00:12 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Updated List of Committee Members

Africa
- Burkina Faso 2019
- Angola 2019
- United Republic of Tanzania 2019
- Zimbabwe 2019
Asia
- Kazakhstan 2017
- Philippines 2017
- Republic of Korea 2017
- Vietnam 2017
- Indonesia 2019
Europe
- Croatia 2017
- Finland 2017
- Poland 2017
- Portugal 2017
- Turkey 2017
- Azerbaijan 2019
Latin America
- Jamaica 2017
- Peru 2017
- Cuba 2019
Arab States
- Lebanon 2017
- Kuwait 2019
- Tunisia 2019

Committee Representation Changes
Asia and the Pacific: 7 to 5
Europe and North America: 7 to 6
Arab States: Stays 3
Latin America and the Caribbean: Stays 3
Africa: 1 to 4

Author Solivagant
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#5 | Posted: 29 Nov 2015 07:23 | Edited by: Solivagant 
Out of interest I have carried out a comparison of members v Countries as per current Committee. Of course it could be said that a comparison by Area or Population might be fairer - but UNESCO generally works on a "All countries are equal" basis so I stuck with that.

We know of course that UNESCO "Regions" are to some extent "fabrications" but I was surprised to discover that "Malta" is said by the UNESCO Web site "Region pages" to be in BOTH Europe AND Arab States! See http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/worldwide/arab-states/ and
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/worldwide/europe-and-north-america/
Whilst there are examples in some parts of UN's organisations where States are assigned to 2 regions (E.g Turkey), I have taken this to be a mistake and treated it as European since this UNESCO page on Arab Region statistics doesn't include it http://www.uis.unesco.org/DataCentre/Pages/regions.aspx
There are also "Associate members" in some regions. I have given their numbers in brackets but have excluded them from the %age calculations.
So
Region, Number of Full Member States, (Plus number of Assoc States), Number of WHC Members, %age of full member states in the Region which are on WHC
Africa, 54, (0), 4 = 1.85%
Arab St, 21, (0), 3 = 14.28%
AS/Pac, 48, (2), 6 = 10.41%
Eur/NAm, 52, (1), 6 = 11.53%
Lat Am/Car, 33, (7), 3 = 9.09%

So Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific are all around 10%. The 2 exceptions are Arab States which appear to be heavily over represented at 14.28% and Africa which appears to be the converse at 1.58%. HOWEVER - I note that the 8 States situated on the African continent geographically which have been included in the Arab region are ALSO included in the count of 54 States of the African region on the UNESCO web page (Som, Dji, Alg, Sud, Egy, Liby, Mauritan - of which Tunisia is on the WHC and has been included by me in the Arab line above for WHC members). To avoid this double counting we either have to remove all African Arab states from Africa OR remove all non African Arab states from the Arab list (and in this case add 1 to the African total of WHC members for Tunisia)
a. Remove All Arab African states from Africa
Arab States (inc those in Af), 21, (0), 3 = 14.28% (ie no change as above)
Africa (less Arab states), 46, (0), 4 = 8.70% (I.e increased from above by removing 8 states from the %age calc)

b. Remove all Arab African states from Arab Region
Arab States (less those in Africa), 13, (0), 2 = 15.38% (i.e decreased from above by removing the African states and the WHC count for Tun)
Africa (inc Arab states in Af), 54, (0), 5 = 9.26% (I.e Increased from above by adding Tunisia's membership of WHC)

In either case one must conclude that
a. Africa is under represented
b. Arab states are over represented.

However if we add the 2 regions together to give a single Afro/Arab grouping we get
Afro Arab, 67, (0), 7 = 10.44%
This is remarkably similar to the %ges of the other 3 regions!! And, indeed, this seems quite reasonable given that those states sitting culturally and "emotionally" on both the Arab AND African region can (and do!) operate together for the benefit of each region. We can probably expect to see more examples of the slightest hint of over zealousness (or even less!) in the treatment of nominations from either region being down voted - especially as some European and Asian states don't seem willing to stand up and be counted - an acquiescence in a "Deferral" is the "easiest" option!

Author winterkjm
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#6 | Posted: 23 Aug 2017 06:44 
Some of the candidate committee members have been posted.

Bahrain
Brazil
Guatemala
Madagascar
Myanmar
Norway
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Spain


http://whc.unesco.org/en/sessions/21GA

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