When UK "pulled" its nomination of "Darwin's Landscape Laboratory" for the second time in 2010 it was accompanied by the following minuted request for "the World Heritage Centre to organize a meeting for deliberating on sites presenting Outstanding Universal Value, essentially on an associative basis.
I had lost track of what had happened on this but it appears that such a meeting did indeed take place in Warsaw during March 2012 . Titled "International World Heritage Expert Meeting on Criterion (vi)"
It is documented in the following link - http://whc.unesco.org/document/129971
It is a lengthy 192 pages, but that includes transcripts of presentations, notes of discussions and Powerpoint presentations and thus contains a degree of duplication which can be skimmed. Anyone interested in OUV and the Criteria which attempt to define it might find it of interest. It contains sections on both inscribed sites and upcoming nominations including
Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
AUSCHWITZ BIRKENAU German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp
Memorial Sites of the First World War in the Westhoek
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
The Rise of Systematic Biology
Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/KruÅ¡nohoÅ™Ã
Generally it comes to no very great conclusion - in particular, if UK hoped it might provide an green (or even amber) light for the Darwin site I don't think it does!! One's general impression is of a group of people trying hard to make logical sense of a set of criteria and case law which lack logicality!!
Points of interest for me included
a. The change over time in the wording of Criterion vi in an attempt to make sense of it
b. The degree of "Associative Value" already encompassed within the other Cultural criteria i - v
c. The statistics and some surprising specific examples of where Criterion vi has and has not been used - in both directions for what might seem to be very similar sites. E.g Why on earth for instance is Rila inscribed SOLELY on Criterion vi!!! Is a complex whose value consists only of being "i]considered a symbol of the 19th Century Bulgarian Renaissance which imparted Slavic values upon Rila in trying to reestablish an uninterrupted historic continuity[/i]" really of "outstanding" and "Universal" value!!
d. The "elephant in the room" to be avoided by not giving any feeling of regarding some cultures/beliefs as being of greater value and importance than others whilst still identfying and determining "Universal" value !!!
e. A potentially interesting concept of "Fortress Religious Buildings" introduced by a Lithuanian which unfortunately isn't well "exampled" and explained.