Preface: The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage was adopted at the General Conference of UNESCO (17th Session), Paris, 17 Oct.-21 Nov., 1972.
As the flagship activity of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the “Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage” of 1972 has been ratified by almost all states, and more than 900 sites in more than 150 countries have been inscribed on the prestigious World Heritage List whose rise in public consciousness has exceeded all expectations. World Heritage strongly influences conservation policies as also lay conceptions of culture the world over, yet at the same time, the inner workings of the World Heritage system remain relatively opaque to outside observers.
The General Conference of UNESCO (17th Session), Paris, 17 Oct.-21 Nov., 1972
- The World Heritage Convention was adopted in 1972 by the General Conference of UNESCO.
- It promotes an international perspective on cultural heritage by inviting member states to submit an inventory of properties forming its national cultural and natural heritage to be included in a list of World Heritage sites.
- The convention encourages national efforts at protecting cultural and natural heritage and promotes international recognition and cooperation in safeguarding the heritage of the world.
- Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention were issued in 1988. They outline the criteria to be met by sites on the World Heritage List.
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