World Heritage Centre (WHC)

Centre du patrimoine mondial
Centro del Patrimonio Mundial

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1992 Paris France


Established by Director-General of B-XB3383 - UNESCO, to assure day-to-day management of T-XT7205 - Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention), 16 Nov 1972, Paris.


Encourage international cooperation in identification, protection, conservation and preservation worldwide of cultural and natural heritage considered of outstanding value to humanity; encourage countries to sign the 1972 Convention and ensure the protection of their natural and cultural heritage; encourage states party to the Convention to nominate sites within their national territory for inclusion in the World Heritage List and to set up reporting systems on the condition of World Heritage sites; help them safeguard these sites by providing technical assistance and professional training; provide emergency assistance for sites in immediate danger; support states party to the Convention in building public awareness of World Heritage conservation; encourage participation of local populations in preservation of their cultural and natural heritage.


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Based at UNESCO headquarters. Responsible for administration of: F-XF9830 - World Heritage Fund.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land



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