The second meeting of the Coordinating Committee for the serial nomination of the Silk Road to the World Heritage List was held on the 3-6th of May, prescription 2011 in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan). It was attended by representatives of 12 countries, including Afghanistan, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, experts from the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), University College (United Kingdom) and the International Centre for conservation by Raymond Lemaire in the University of Lueven (Belgium), International Institute for Central Asian Studies (UNESCO institute category II, Uzbekistan).
The participants of the meeting agreed to conduct the appropriate work to achieve the following goals in 2011:
1. Accept the “passage approach” suggested by the case studies, taking into account the need for further technical evaluation and refinement of the nomination process;
2. Establish a general framework for the World Heritage Nominations “Silk Road” that reflect the new guidance on the serial trans-border nomination adopted in February 2010, in Uettingen (Switzerland);
3. Coordinate and adopt corridor priorities for the first stage of the nomination process on the Silk Road between the Central Asia and China, but with regard of the possibility of the other transnational corridors to be considerate for the nomination by the Coordinating Committee;
4. Adopt the appropriate measures to stir up the expert group of the Central Asia and China in collaboration with the Coordination Committee (International conservation centre in Xi’an ICOMOS) via e-communication;
5. Strengthen the technical capacity through the appointment of National project managers by the relevant government agencies or the National Commissions for UNESCO in each participating country to implement the first phase of nominations (both national and transnational);
6. Develop and implement the appropriate management system for select corridors of the Silk Road (both national and transnational);
7. Refer to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS for the selection of technical consultants and advisors for the first phase of the nomination process in close cooperation with the Coordinating Committee; for the organisation of technical training on operational management to implement the World Heritage Convention, as well as inclusion of Korea and Japan into the case study;
8. Reinforce the exchange of information relating to the documentation required for the preparation of nomination dossiers. In this regard, participants welcomed the UNESCO / Japan Trust Fund to support the documentation standards and procedures for serial transnational nomination of the Silk Road in Central Asia and the Belgian project on creation of information system resources of the cultural heritage of the Silk Road (CHRIS).
Taking into account the target date of official submission of nomination dossier for the first phase is the 1st of February, 2013, it was decided to hold the next meeting of the Coordinating Committee until September 2012 in order to consider offered projects.