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World Heritage: Canada

Periodic Report on the Application of the World Heritage Convention

SECTION I OF THE PERIODIC REPORT
ON THE APPLICATION OF THE
WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION

APPLICATION OF THE
WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION
BY CANADA

December 2004

4.0 Tentative Lists

As required by Article 11.2 of the Convention, Canada and the United States have prepared and submitted Tentative Lists. Canada submitted its first Tentative List in 1981, with minor amendments in 1994 and 1998. A fully revised Tentative List for Canada was submitted in 2004. The American Tentative List was submitted in 1982; one site was added to the American Tentative List in 1990.

5.0 Participation in Implementation of the World Heritage Convention

Both Canada and the United States have been active participants in the implementation of the Convention since it entered into force in 1975. Both nations played important roles in the early efforts to promote the concept of World Heritage and bring the Convention into being.

Canada served as a member of the World Heritage Committee in 1976-78, 1985-91, and 1995-2001. In 1986, 1987 and 1990, Canada held the Chairmanship of the Committee and hosted the 14th session in Banff in 1990. In 2001, Canada replaced the Australian Chairman for the General Assembly of States Parties. In 1977, 1985 and 1989, Canada served as Rapporteur.

The United States served as a member of the World Heritage Committee in 1976-83, 1987-93, and 1993-99. In 1978 and 1992, United States held the Chairmanship of the Committee, hosting meetings in Washington, DC and Santa Fe, NM. The US served as Vice Chair of the Committee in 1979, 1980, 1991, 1993, and 1997.

In addition to the roles outlined above, Canada and the United States have played an important leadership role in various studies, strategies, reform processes and other initiatives undertaken to implement the Convention. For example, Canada hosted and chaired the Symposium on World Heritage Cities in Québec City which led to the creation of the World Heritage Cities Organization (1991), chaired the Panel of Experts on the Strategy for the Implementation of the Convention (1992), chaired the Expert Meeting on the Global Strategy in Paris (1994), chaired the World Heritage Global Strategy for Natural and Cultural Heritage Expert Meeting, held in Amsterdam (1998), chaired the Task Force for the Implementation of the Convention (1999-2000) and Canada and the United States were active participants in the revision of the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention, from the Canterbury meeting (April 2000) to its final approval in April 2004.