World Heritage Committee

Comité du patrimoine mondial
Comité del Patrimonio Mundial

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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 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention), adopted by 17th session of the General Conference of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (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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Activities

The Committee: is responsible of the World Heritage Convention; has the final say on whether a site is accepted for inscription on the World Heritage List; examines reports on the state of conservation of listed sites; asks States Parties to take action when sites are not being properly managed; is responsible for allocating finances from the World Heritage Fund for sites in need of repair or restoration, for emergency action if sites are in immediate danger, for providing technical assistance and training, and for promotional and educational activities. 'Preparatory assistance': Technical services provided to aid in the identification of potential World Heritage properties (tentative lists), preparation of documentation to support nominations, study their state of conservation and safeguard measures they require. 'Technical cooperation' including expert advice, technical support and equipment for the conservation of properties already on the World Heritage List or proposed for inclusion. 'Training' for better site management and conservation. 'Emergency assistance' when properties have been suddenly damaged by a disaster or threatened by one. 'Mobilizing protection' both nationally and internationally through a system of monitoring the state of listed sites and of intervening appropriately when local resources prove to be insufficient, initiating national projects and investments, catalyzing local resources and mobilizing support.

As of July 2008, 878 properties in 145 States Parties have been included in the 'World Heritage List', including 679 cultural sites, 174 natural sites and 25 mixed sites, in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Pacific, Africa and the Arab States. On the 'List of World Heritage in Danger' are 30 properties.

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Languages

English, French.

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Financing

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 3 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 2 non-governmental organizations.
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Members

Members in 186 countries
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Subjects *

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

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

E2358

Last News Received

7. Nov 2011
* Subject classification is derived from the organization names and aims.
** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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