The Forum will discuss cases of World Heritage Sites where there is a concern for their protection and safeguarding which should be brought to the attention of the World Heritage Committee and the general public. Presentations shall provide information about the sites which
- is new and relevant for the protection and safeguarding of the site; and/or
- has not received adequate consideration by the State Party or UNESCO; and/or
- reflects the perspective of the local population at the site and/or civil society actors;
in order to help the World Heritage Committee and its Advisory Bodies to have a more comprehensive assessment of the site and thus arrive at better decisions during its session.
Papers on any World Heritage Site are welcome, but priority should be given to sites which should be put on the agenda of the World Heritage Committee with urgency.
In addition to sites which are inscribed on the World Heritage List, the Forum will also consider sites which are nominated for inscription on the World Heritage List, which are on a Tentative List or should be placed on a Tentative List.
Papers should be as specific, concise and detailed as possible. Where applicable, they should refer as much as possible to previous decisions of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, and should make clear suggestions as to which action should be taken and by whom.
Any and all persons of any occupational background - except officials involved on national
or international level in decision-making on world heritage sites - are invited to submit papers. Representatives of non-governmental organizations, indigenous peoples, local initiatives and professional associations related to conservation and/or the empowerment of civil society or indigenous peoples will be given priority when papers are selected for presentation on the Forum.
Please send your full paper in English language by 1 December 2020 to contact@world- heritage-watch.org.
By sending their paper authors agree to its possible publication in the World Heritage Watch Report 2020 which will be published in spring 2021.
Authors may send their reports under pseudonym or anonymous if they should feel that this is necessary to protect themselves from repercussions.
Papers must be submitted in Word format. They must not be longer than 3 pages of text written in Arial 11pt, 2,5cm margins, single-spaced, with minimum formatting (bold, italics, underline). No abstract needed. References and illustrations (maps, photos, graphics) may be added to the three pages of text.
Each photo or map must be sent in a separate file (jpg of not less than 1MB or pdf) as an attachment to the email. Do not send your photos from a smartphone since they will be automatically reduced in size during the transfer.
In addition, please also send us a portrait photo (jpg, min. 1MB) and a short biography (max. 10 lines Arial 11pt of written text - no lists, no bullet points) explaining your profession and livelihood, membership in a civil society organization (if any), and the type of your involvement in the UNESCO World Heritage.
NOTE: Papers not observing these guidelines will be returned.
For general orientation we suggest that you consult the Final Document of the WHW 2015 Bonn Conference and previous World Heritage Watch Reports, all of which are available for download on our website www.world-heritage-watch.org.
Papers will be selected for presentation and publication until 1 January 2021. In case your paper will be selected, you will receive an official invitation to present it at the Forum, and World Heritage Watch will try to support your travel expenses to Paris. No honorariums will be paid for the papers and presentations.
Berlin, 1 October 2020
Chairman of the Board, World Heritage Watch
 The exact date and venue of the Forum will be announced in due time. Depending on the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Forum is likely to be held online in the form of a Zoom Conference.
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