Maybe our data was better all the way, because we took it originally from the session documents
Yes -there are a number of inconsistencies which will need working through for the early years.
I had expected that the Operational Guidelines (OGs) might at least clarify the question of how many members we should be expecting the WHC to have - I know that it has increased during its existence. In fact The OG's don't specify.
The official number is apparently shown only in the Convention text itself.
Article 8 states "An Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of the Cultural and Natural Heritage of Outstanding Universal Value, called "the World Heritage Committee", is hereby established within the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It shall be composed of 15 States Parties to the Convention, elected by States Parties to the Convention meeting in general assembly during the ordinary session of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The number of States members of the Committee shall be increased to 21 as from the date of the ordinary session of the General Conference following the entry into force of this Convention for at least 40 States."
So - we should be expecting either 15 or 21 to !attend" - unless of course there were some years when one or more of the delegations didn't turn up. But, in such cases they would still be "Members" of the WHC (would expect a comment/apology as well??). But when exactly did the number need to rise from 15 to 21?
And I find a mistake in the UNESCO web site list right from the start for 1977http://whc.unesco.org/en/sessions/01COM
Committee Members - Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Nigeria, Poland, Senegal, Tunisia, United States of America.
Which is only 14. The actual list of Participants includes 15 with Yugoslavia being the additional one not shown on the UNESCO Web site - it was on the next page and obviously whoever set up the Web site didn't turn over!!
The same mistake has been made for 1978 - Yugoslavia is again missing from the Web site list - when included there were 15 WHC members
The list of retirees for the next 3 years was also given -"The terms of office of these States extend as follows :
- until the end of the 1978 General Conference of Unesco - Canada, Federal Republic of Germany, Poland, Senegal ;
- until the end of the 1980 General Conference of Unesco - Ghana, Iran, Nigeria, Yugoslavia ;
- until the end of the 1982 General Conference of Unesco -Egypt, Iraq, Tunisia, United States."
The 1978 General Assembly includes a item for electing a new WHC - "The Chairman explained to the General Assembly the procedure to be followed for the election of members of the Committee. As a result of the increase in the number of States having ratified or accepted the Convention, the number of members of the Committee would be increased from 15 to 21. It would therefore be necessary to elect, on the one hand, five members to replace the five members whose term of office was to expire at the end of the 20th session of the General Conference and, on the other hand, six new members whose term of office would be decided by drawing lots"
See - http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/6601/
BUT - it then states that 5 replacements were needed by election to replace the 5 "retirees" and 6 additional members were required to achieve the increase from 15 to 21. But there were only supposed to be 4 retirees from the 15 (Can, Ger, Pol, Sen) ????
However the "new" 11 were - Arg, Alg, Bul, Fr, Ital, Nep, Pan, Sen, Switz (Fr/Pan/It/Pak and Arg by election, Alg, Sud, Bul, Nep, Sen and Switz by lots)
EXCEPT that this 11 includes Senegal who was also supposed to be a "retiree" and France who was already on and wasn't supposed to be retiring?!!
The 1979 minutes then list ONLY the following WHC 13 members as "attending"- Austral, Bul, Ecu, Egy, Fr, Iran, It, Nep, Pak, Pan, Swit, USA and Yug.
Now this is clearly a mixture of both some of those who were on the 1978 WHC and some of those who were added at the Assembly
To confuse matters further the Web site lists 20 WHC members - http://whc.unesco.org/en/sessions/03COM
- Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Ghana, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Italy, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Senegal, Sudan, Switzerland, Tunisia, United States of America.
Yugoslavia is the ONLY one of this "list of 13" attendees which is NOT also on the "List of 20"
Can, Ger and Pol have "disappeared" as planned and Senegal remains on the "List of 20" (but not on the "List of 13") as was implied by its "re-election.
To complicate matters further the minutes of the 1980 meeting list as attendees
Alg,Arg, Austral, Bul, Ecu, Egy, Fr, Gha, Iraq, It, Nep, Nigeria, Pak, Pan, Sen Sud, Swit, Tun, USA and Yugoslavia (Back again!!) - ie 20
Whislt the Web site lists also 20 but a different one!! (See http://whc.unesco.org/en/sessions/04COM
Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Ghana, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Italy, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Senegal, Sudan, Switzerland, Tunisia, United States of America - ie missing Yugosavia
My judgement would be that the OFFICIAL WHC for 1979 and 80 DID consist of 21 States Parties covering ALL those countries appearing across the 4 different lists of Attendees and "members" (but NEVER on all of them!!) - this because there was no change across those years
Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Ghana, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Italy, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Senegal, Sudan, Switzerland, Tunisia, United States of America, Yugosavia