World Heritage Committee

Comité du patrimoine mondial
Comité del Patrimonio Mundial

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URL: http://whc.unesco.org/

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Founded

1976-11 Nairobi Kenya

History

Nov 1976, Nairobi (Kenya), with the full title Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of the Cultural and Natural Heritage of Outstanding Universal Value -- Comité intergouvernemental pour la protection du patrimoine culturel et naturel de valeur universelle exceptionnelle -- Comité Intergubernamental de Protección del Patrimonio Cultural y Natural de Valor Universal Excepcional, during 1st General Assembly of States Parties to the T-XT7205 - Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention), adopted by 17th session of the General Conference of B-XB3383 - UNESCO, 16 Nov 1972, Paris (France). The Committee, which is established under Article 8 of the Convention, is also referred to as Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage -- Comité intergouvernemental pour la protection du patrimoine mondial culturel et naturel -- Comité Intergubernamental de Protección del Patrimonio Mundial Cultural y Natural. The Convention has been in force since 17 Dec 1975.

Aims

Ensure the identification, protection, conservation, presentation and transmission to future generations of the cultural and natural heritage, including monuments, groups of buildings and cultural and natural sites of outstanding universal value, from the point of view of history, art or science, inscribing them on the 'World Heritage List'; designate on a 'List of World Heritage in Danger' those sites already on the main List which are severely threatened by specific dangers and may require urgent measures; determine measures needed for the safeguarding of World Heritage sites in countries whose own resources are insufficient and allocate resources for this purpose from the World Heritage Fund.

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Structure

'States Parties': countries which have ratified the World Heritage Convention and thereby agree to identify and nominate sites on their national territory to be considered for inscription on the World Heritage List. 'General Assembly' of all States Parties (meeting every 2 years during the ordinary session of the General Conference of UNESCO) elects the 'World Heritage Committee'. The Committee (meeting annually) comprises representatives of 21 of the States Parties to the Convention who are elected during UNESCO General Conference for terms up to 6 years; it is responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, examines the statement of accounts on the World Heritage Fund and decides on major policy issues. World Heritage Bureau, consisting of 7 members of the Committee, meets annually to prepare the work of the Committee. Day-to-day management of the Convention is assured by E-XE3055 - World Heritage Centre (WHC), which organizes the annual sessions of the World Heritage Bureau and Committee, provides advice to States Parties in the preparation of site nominations, organizes technical assistance upon request and coordinates reporting of the condition of sites and of emergency action undertaken when a site is threatened. It is also responsible for the administration of the K-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

UIA Org ID

XE2358

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