The World Heritage Centre Category 2 Centre webpage provides a good standard which should be built upon to include all these materials.9
4.5.1 Routine Centre Reporting
Existing reporting requirements under 35 C/22, particularly biennial centre reports, should be strictly enforced and directly integrated with both renewal evaluations’ evidence framework and any additional sector-level reporting requirements. UNESCO should develop clear guidance in the form of templates and, where possible, performance indicators to aid reporting.
4.5.2 Reporting to Member States
Reporting to Member States on the Category 2 network as a whole must also be improved. At the sector level, the World Heritage Centre provides a good standard of practice, where an item on the contributions of Category 2 Centres appears on each World Heritage Committee agenda. This could be strengthened with the introduction of standardised reporting templates and the other practices outlined in the sector strategies section of this brief.
At the UNESCO Executive Board and General Conference level, references to Category 2 Centre achievements in the C/3 should be welcomed, but are not a comprehensive report on the network’s activities. Reporting should be expanded to include a regular agenda item with a comprehensive report on Category 2 Centre activities across all sectors. This should be harmonised with any reporting standards envisioned by UNESCO’s Comprehensive Partnership Strategy.