Only the national governments of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention can nominate properties within their territory for inscription on the World Heritage List. The national governments do not decide, however, if the nominated property is inscribed on the World Heritage List. This is the key role of the World Heritage Committee as part of a process involving extensive international appraisal and consideration.
Nominations have to be received by the World Heritage Committee Secretariat at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris by 1 February each year.
The assessment process for each nomination (nominating process ) culminates in a decision on listing being taken by the World Heritage Committee meeting in the middle of the following year.
Bayon Temple, Angkor World Heritage area, Cambodia.
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