World Heritage Centre (WHC)

Centre du patrimoine mondial
Centro del Patrimonio Mundial

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History

1972, Paris (France), by Director-General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to assure day-to-day management of Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention), 16 Nov 1972, Paris. Also referred to as UNESCO World Heritage Centre (UNESCO-WHC).

Aims

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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Activities

Guidance/assistance/consulting; networking/liaising; awareness raising; knowledge management/information dissemination.

Structure

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Languages

English, French.

Financing

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 5 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 14 non-governmental organizations.
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Members

Members in 186 countries
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Type I Classification

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Subjects *

  • Geography
    • Nature
  • Societal Problems
    • Protection
  • Culture
    • Culture
  • Conservation
    • Conservation
  • Aesthetics
    • Heritage

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

UIA Org ID

E3055

Last News Received

26. Jan 2016
* Subject classification is derived from the organization names and aims.
** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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