A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a specific site (such as a forest, mountain range, lake, desert, building, complex, or city) that has been nominated for the international World Heritage program administered by UNESCO.
The program aims to catalogue, name, and preserve sites of outstanding importance, either cultural or natural, to the common heritage of humankind (exact criteria (http://whc.unesco.org/criteria.htm#debut)). Listed sites can obtain funds from the World Heritage Fund under certain conditions. The program was founded with the Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage that was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO on 16 November 1972.
As of 2004, a total of 788 sites have been included in the list (611 cultural, 154 natural and 23 mixed properties in 134 States Parties).
In recognition of the fact that the sites and remains of the civilisations of bygone, and not so bygone, days are the heritage of all humankind, UNESCO has developed an elaborate program to ensure the preservation of these sites for ours and generations to come.
These WorldHeritage Sites are both tangible proof of the progress that has brought us to where we are today, and monuments to what we have has passed.
Our WorldHeritage Tours Series is a collection of tour packages that take you back into history and facilitate your making an independent assessment of the world as it was then.
A UNESCO WorldHeritage Site is a specific site (such as a forest, mountain range, lake, desert, building, complex, or city) that has been nominated for the international WorldHeritage Programme administered by the UNESCO WorldHeritage Committee.
The programme was founded with the Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage that was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO on 16 November 1972.
Each WorldHeritage Site is the property of the country on whose territory the site is located, but it is considered in the interest of the international community to preserve each site for future generations of humankind.
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