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Author winterkjm
#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
#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.

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

- Burkina Faso 2019
- Angola 2019
- United Republic of Tanzania 2019
- Zimbabwe 2019
- Kazakhstan 2017
- Philippines 2017
- Republic of Korea 2017
- Vietnam 2017
- Indonesia 2019
- 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
#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 and
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
There are also "Associate members" in some regions. I have given their numbers in brackets but have excluded them from the %age calculations.
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
#6 | Posted: 23 Aug 2017 06:44 
Some of the candidate committee members have been posted.

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Author winterkjm
#7 | Posted: 19 Oct 2017 07:41 
Full List Below: Candidate Committee Members

1. Australia 4 years
2. Bahrain 4 years
3. Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 years
4. Brazil 4 years
5. China 4 years
6. Guatemala 4 years
7. Hungary 4 years
8. Kyrgyzstan 4 years
9. Myanmar 4 years
10. Norway 4 years
11. Saint Kitts and Nevis 4 years
12. Spain 4 years
13. Uganda 4 years
14. Ukraine 4 years

Author Assif
#8 | Posted: 19 Oct 2017 17:45 
This means Africa will now have a record of 5 members at the WHC (Angola, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Uganda and Tanzania). This might lead to a fairer judgment on African nominations compared to other regions.

Author winterkjm
#9 | Posted: 11 Nov 2017 10:36 
This means Africa will now have a record of 5 members at the WHC

I think Africa is limited to 4 allocated seats, but after the allocation of seats is completed, there will be 5 remaining OPEN seats to be filled. Therefore, its likely Uganda will join the committee, but its not a guarantee yet.

Elections to World Heritage Committee
Category I W. Europe - 2 seat available
Category II E. Europe - 1 seat available
Category III Latin America/Caribbean - 2 seats available
Category IV Asia/Pacific - 2 seats available
Category Va Africa - 0 seats available
Category Vb Arab States - 0 seats available


Category 1 - Candidates (Both will be selected)

Category II - Candidates (One will be selected)
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Category III - Candidates (Two will be selected)
Saint Kitts and Nevis

Category IV - Candidates (Two will be selected)

5 Remaining OPEN seats to be selected from 7 candidates
1 Bahrain
1 Uganda
2 E. Europe (not allotted)
1 Latin America/Caribbean (not allotted)
2 Asia/Pacific (not allotted)

Author winterkjm
#10 | Posted: 14 Nov 2017 21:27 | Edited by: winterkjm

Angola, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, China, Cuba, Guatemala, Hungary, Indonesia, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Spain, Tunisia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zimbabwe

Ukraine not elected
Myanmar not elected

Author winterkjm
#11 | Posted: 14 Nov 2017 21:39 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Africa (5)
- Angola
- Burkina Faso
- Tanzania
- Uganda
- Zimbabwe

Arab States (3)
- Bahrain
- Kuwait
- Tunisia

Asia/Pacific (4)
- Australia
- China
- Indonesia
- Kyrgyzstan

Europe (5)
- Azerbajan
- Bosnia and Herzogovina
- Hungary
- Norway
- Spain

Latin America/Caribbean (4)
- Brazil
- Cuba
- Guatemala
- Saint Kitts and Nevis

Author Assif
#12 | Posted: 15 Nov 2017 03:51 
Latin America/Caribbean (3)
- Cuba
- Guatemala
- Saint Kitts and Nevis

Brazil too.

Author Solivagant
#13 | Posted: 15 Nov 2017 05:14 | Edited by: Solivagant 
So, looking at the possible "change of balance" arising from the changes we have 9 pretty close "straight swaps" - except of course that China is so significant that it can't be really considered a mere "swap"
Out -> In
Croatia -> Bosnia
Finland -> Norway
Jamaica -> St Kitts
Kazakhstan -> Kyrgyzstan
Lebanon -> Bahrain
Peru -> Brazil
Poland -> Hungary
Portugal -> Spain
Vietnam -> China

Which leaves as countries which can't be directly "matched"
Out - Philippines, Turkey, Korea (Rep of)
In - Australia, Guatemala, Uganda

Whilst changing the regional balance of the WHC slightly I am not sure that they significantly alter it terms of "development", religion/culture or political system. The addition of Australia could be said to increase the "Developed West" viewpoint - except that Australia brings with it strong "green principles" (albeit perhaps a bit tarnished in recent years!!). The decrease of 2 from Asia (Philippines and Korea) could be viewed as counterbalancing China's enormity. The increase in 1 from Africa (Uganda) was obviously "engineered" and might mark a slight change - as might one extra from Latin America (Guatemala). There is one fewer Muslim country (Turkey) - though I don't remember Turkey being a very strong supporter of the "Arab" group!

Otherwise very much "Business as usual"! I wonder, however, if Spain or China might stop nominating whilst they are on the WHC!!! I suspect not -which creates a rather unfortunate situation - they have 1 each in 2018 and currently (Ch/Sp) 2/0 and 0/2 for 2019 and 20.

Author elsslots
#14 | Posted: 16 Nov 2017 13:24 
Would it be difficult to make such info more accessible via a "spreadsheet" with countries down the side and years across the top with each country's WHC years marked (and possibly even Chair/VC etc)

I tried - see this spreadsheet

Author Solivagant
#15 | Posted: 16 Nov 2017 13:52 | Edited by: Solivagant 
I tried

Very good - "no sooner the word than......"!!
It is clear that "only" a 6 year gap between membership periods is quite common.
Interesting to see which countries have been members the most - not always ones which one might have guessed - Lebanon and Brazil as well as France, Italy and Mexico - and China nearly every year since 1991 (it only joined in 1985)!! UK and NL only 6 and 4 years respectively in a single period each.

I see, however, that it has highlighted some data issues - e.g Albania and Algeria's 1967 membership of a WHC which didn't exist!
Re 2014 - "Qatar 2" is wrong - it has occurred because it is listed both as "chair" and as a member. India and Portugal need adding to make 21 members
Re 2013 - Algeria needs adding to make 21
Re 2012 - "Mexico 2" is wrong for same reason as Qatar in 2014. Reduce to 1 to make 21.
Re 1996 - Egypt needs adding to make 21
Re 1995 - Egypt needs adding to make 21
Re 1994 - Egypt and Syria need adding to make 21
Re 1993 - There seem to be a lot of issues here!! Currently 18 it needs
a. Removing - Japan, Niger, Lebanon
b. Adding - Cub, Cyprus, Egypt, Pakistan, Syria and Tunisia
Re 1992 - currently 20 - Cuba needs adding to make 21
Re 1991 - it is full of missing and extra countries. and stands at 16. Better to start from scratch - Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Tunisia, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Yemen !!
Re 1990 - stands at 15 - the same problem as 1991. The full list is the same as well - Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Tunisia, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Yemen
Re 1988 - stands at 19 -needs Malawi and Tanzania adding to make 21

The earlier years need correcting too - i will do them later!!!

On the other hand, membership periods in the "early" years were a bit "strange" so it is quite correct that Algeria did a single year in 1980!

Do you hold any other "data" about countries which could be added to the spreadsheet (can then sort by these)
a. Date of "signing" the Convention
b. UNESCO Region
c. Include countries which have never been on (but have signed of course)

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