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World Heritage Committee

The World Heritage Committee is the statutory body responsible for decision-making on all matters related to the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.

It meets once a year, in June, to:


Select new properties for the World Heritage List from among the cultural and natural properties nominated by the different countries. The Committee is assisted by the Advisory bodies .
* Examine reports on the state of conservation of listed properties and ask the States Parties to take action when properties are not being properly managed.
* Allocate finances of the World Heritage Fund for properties in need of repair or restoration; for emergency action if properties are in immediate danger; for providing technical assistance and training; and for promotional and educational activities.


The Committee consists of representatives from 21 States Parties, elected by the General Assembly of the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention.

The Committee elects the Chairperson, the Rapporteur and five Vice-Chairpersons. At its first session, the Committee adopted its Rules of Procedure of the World Heritage Committee , subsequently amended at its 2nd, 3rd, 20th, 24th and 25th ordinary sessions and 6th extraordinary session.
The Chairperson

The Chairperson chairs the sessions of the Committee and represents the Committee for a period of one year. The Chairperson also has the authority to approve requests for preparatory assistance (maximum US$ 15,000), for training and technical cooperation up to US$ 20,000 and for emergency assistance up to US$ 50,000.

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United States of America
Date of ratification of the Convention:
07 Dec 1973

Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List:

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (1982)

Chaco Culture National Historical Park (1987)

Independence Hall (1979)

La Fortaleza and San Juan Historic Site in Puerto Rico (1983)

Mesa Verde (1978)

Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville (1987)

Pueblo de Taos (1992)

Statue of Liberty (1984)

Carlsbad Caverns National Park (1995)

Everglades National Park (1979)

Grand Canyon National Park (1979)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park (1983)

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (1987)

Kluane/Wrangell-St. Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek (1979)

Mammoth Cave National Park (1981)

Olympic National Park (1981)

Redwood National Park (1980)

Waterton Glacier International Peace Park (1995)

Yellowstone (1978)

Yosemite National Park (1984)

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