The World Heritage Committee meets once a year, and consists of representatives from 21 of the States Parties to the Convention elected by their General Assembly. The term lasts six years, but it is voluntarily shortened by members of the Committee to four years. Elections take place every two years.

The Committee is responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, defines the use of the World Heritage Fund and allocates financial assistance upon requests from State Parties. It decides on the inscription of properties on the World Heritage List. It examines reports on the state of conservation of inscribed properties. It also decides on the inscription or deletion of properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The World Heritage Committee manages its meetings according to its Rules of Procedure and by taking into account the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention (

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