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A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a specific site (such as a forest, mountain, lake, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that has been nominated and confirmed for inclusion on the list maintained by the international World Heritage Programme administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, composed of 21 State Parties (countries) which are elected by the General Assembly of States Parties for a fixed term.[1] (This is similar to the United Nations Security Council.) Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article is about a community of trees. ... For other uses, see Mountain (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Lake (disambiguation). ... This article is about arid terrain. ... For other uses, see Monument (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Building (disambiguation). ... A complex is a whole that comprehends a number of parts, especially one with interconnected or mutually related parts. ... Look up city, City in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a specialized agency of the United Nations established in 1945. ... “Security Council” redirects here. ...


The programme aims to catalogue, name, and conserve sites of outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity. Under certain conditions, listed sites can obtain funds from the World Heritage Fund. The programme was founded with the Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage, which was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO on 16 November 1972. Since then, 184 (as of July 2007) States Parties have ratified the convention. Cultural heritage (national heritage or just heritage) is the legacy of physical artifacts and intangible attributes of a group or society that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations. ... Cultural heritage (often just termed heritage) consists of a nations historic buildings, collections, monuments, etc. ... Humanity refers to the human race or mankind as a whole, to that which is characteristically human, or to that which distinguishes human beings from other animals or from other animal species primal nature. ... is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


As of 2007, a total of 851 sites are listed: 660 cultural, 166 natural, and 25 mixed properties, in 142 States Parties. UNESCO references each World Heritage Site with a unique identification number; but new inscriptions often include previous sites now listed as part of larger descriptions. As a result, the numbering system currently ends above 1200, even though there are fewer on the actual list. Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Each World Heritage 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 humanity. The protection and conservation of these sites are a concern of all the World Heritage countries.

Site #86: Memphis and its Necropolis, including the Pyramids of Giza (Egypt).
Site #86: Memphis and its Necropolis, including the Pyramids of Giza (Egypt).
Site #114: Persepolis (Iran).
Site #114: Persepolis (Iran).
Site #307: The Statue of Liberty (United States).
Site #307: The Statue of Liberty (United States).
Site #393: Delphi, including the ancient Tholos at the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia (Greece).
Site #444: The Ksar of Aït Benhaddou (Morocco).
Site #444: The Ksar of Aït Benhaddou (Morocco).
Site #483: Chichen Itza in Yucatán (Mexico).
Site #483: Chichen Itza in Yucatán (Mexico).
Site #524: The Great Stupa at Sanchi (India).
Site #524: The Great Stupa at Sanchi (India).
Site #540: Historic Centre of St. Petersburg and its suburbs (Russia).
Site #540: Historic Centre of St. Petersburg and its suburbs (Russia).
Site #708: Historical Monuments of Mtskheta, including the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Georgia).
Site #708: Historical Monuments of Mtskheta, including the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Georgia).
Site #723: Cultural Landscape of Sintra (Portugal).
Site #723: Cultural Landscape of Sintra (Portugal).
Site #772: The Banaue Rice Terraces in the mountains of Ifugao (Philippines).
Site #772: The Banaue Rice Terraces in the mountains of Ifugao (Philippines).
Site #936: The Cueva de las Manos in a remote region of Patagonia (Argentina).
Site #936: The Cueva de las Manos in a remote region of Patagonia (Argentina).
Site #960: Geghard Monastery (Armenia).
Site #960: Geghard Monastery (Armenia).

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Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 397 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 397 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... For other uses, see Delphi (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2016x1512, 2277 KB) Description: Great Wall, China Source: From [1] Date: On Sep. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2016x1512, 2277 KB) Description: Great Wall, China Source: From [1] Date: On Sep. ... “Great Wall” redirects here. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 495 KB) Kasbahs_in_Aït Benhaddou, southern Morocco. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 495 KB) Kasbahs_in_Aït Benhaddou, southern Morocco. ... Ruins of the ksar at Timimoun, Algeria. ... Aït Benhaddou at evening light Aït Benhaddou is a fortified city or Ksar, along the former caravan route between the Sahara en Marrakech. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 230 KB)El Castillo, Chichén Itzá, being climbed by tourists. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 230 KB)El Castillo, Chichén Itzá, being climbed by tourists. ... Temple of the Warriors Chichen Itza is the largest of the Pre-Columbian archaeological sites in Yucat n, Mexico. ... Yucatán is the name of one of the 31 states of Mexico, located on the north of the Yucatán Peninsula. ... Download high resolution version (866x578, 111 KB) Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (866x578, 111 KB) Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The Great Stupa at Sanchi. ... , Sanchi is a small village in India, located 46 km north east of Bhopal, and 10 km from Besnagar and Vidisha in the central part of the state of Madhya Pradesh. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (3008x2000, 1390 KB) Beschreibung Description: Sankt Petersburg Auferstehungskirche Blutkirche Erlöserkirche Санкт-Петербург Спас на крови Date: 2005-08-14 photographer: Heidas Wikipedia account All pictures Please use this discussion page Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: World Heritage Site ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (3008x2000, 1390 KB) Beschreibung Description: Sankt Petersburg Auferstehungskirche Blutkirche Erlöserkirche Санкт-Петербург Спас на крови Date: 2005-08-14 photographer: Heidas Wikipedia account All pictures Please use this discussion page Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: World Heritage Site ... Saint Petersburg  listen (Russian: Санкт-Петербу́рг, English transliteration: Sankt-Peterburg), colloquially known as Питер (transliterated Piter), formerly known as Leningrad (Ленингра́д, 1924–1991... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1758x1210, 151 KB) Cathedral of Vilnius, Lithuania This photo was downloaded in to WikiCommons because, unlike others of the Vinius Cathedral in WikiCommons, it shows the cathedral tower next to it. ... 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Mtskheta is one of oldest cities of the republic of Georgia (in Kartli province of Eastern Georgia), near Tbilisi. ... Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Georgian: ; literally, the Living Pillar Cathedral) is a Georgian Orthodox cathedral located in the historical town of Mtskheta, Georgia, 20 km (12. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Location    - Country Portugal    - Region Lisboa  - Subregion Greater Lisbon  - District or A.R. Lisbon Mayor Fernando Seara  - Party PSD-CDS-PPM-MPT Area 319. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1157x791, 600 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Southeast Asia Banaue Rice Terraces ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1157x791, 600 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Southeast Asia Banaue Rice Terraces ... Panoramic view of the Banaue Rice Terraces The Banaue Rice Terraces are 2000-year old terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by ancestors of the Batad indigenous people. ... Ifugao is a landlocked province of the Philippines in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (966x684, 688 KB) A Japanese torii at dusk at Itsukushima Shrine Taken in August 2004 by Dan Smith. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (966x684, 688 KB) A Japanese torii at dusk at Itsukushima Shrine Taken in August 2004 by Dan Smith. ... Shinto ) is the native religion of Japan and was once its state religion. ... The torii of Itsukushima Shrine, the sites most recognizable landmark, appears to float in the water. ... 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History

Pre-convention

In 1959, the government of Egypt decided to build the Aswan High Dam, an event that would flood a valley containing treasures of ancient civilization such as the Abu Simbel temples. UNESCO then launched a worldwide safeguarding campaign, despite appeals from the governments of Egypt and Sudan. The Abu Simbel and Philae temples were taken apart, moved to a higher location, and put back together piece-by-piece. Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Map showing reservoir The hydroelectric power station of Aswan Dam Aswan is a city on the first cataract of the Nile in Egypt. ... Model showing the relative positions of the Abu Simbel temples before and after relocation Categories: Ancient Egypt stubs | Wonders of the World ... Philae (or Pilak or Paaleq [Egyptian: remote place or the end or the angle island]; [Arabic: Anas el Wagud]) is an island in the Nile River and the previous site of an Ancient Egyptian temple complex in southern Egypt. ...


The cost of the project was approximately US $80 million, about $40 million of which was collected from 50 different countries. It was widely regarded as a total success, and led to other safeguarding campaigns (saving Venice and its lagoon in Italy, the ruins of Mohenjo-daro in Pakistan, and the Borobodur Temple Compounds in Indonesia). UNESCO then initiated, with the International Council on Monuments and Sites, a draft convention to protect the common cultural heritage of humanity. For other uses, see Venice (disambiguation). ... Mohenjo-daro (literally, mound of the dead), like Harappa, was a city of the Indus Valley civilization. ... Borobudur from a distance Borobudur, located in the Indonesian island of Java, 40 km (25mi) north-west of Yogyakarta, is a Buddhist stupa related to the Mahayana tradition, and the largest Buddhist monument on earth. ... The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) was founded in 1965 as a result of the Venice Charter of 1964 and offers advice to UNESCO on World Heritage Sites. ...


Convention and background

The United States initiated the idea of combining cultural conservation with nature conservation. A White House conference in 1965 called for a World Heritage Trust to preserve "the world's superb natural and scenic areas and historic sites for the present and the future of the entire world citizenry." The International Union for Conservation of Nature developed similar proposals in 1968, and they were presented in 1972 to the United Nations conference on Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden. For other uses, see White House (disambiguation). ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... The World Conservation Union or International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) is an international organization dedicated to natural resource conservation. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The foundation of the U.N. The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate co-operation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress and human rights issues. ... Stockholm [, ] is the capital and the largest City of Sweden. ...


A single text was ultimately agreed on by all parties involved, and the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO on 16 November 1972. is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Nominating process

A country must first take an inventory of all its significant cultural and natural properties. This is called the Tentative List, and is important because a country may not nominate properties that have not already been included on the Tentative List. Next, it can select a property from this list to place into a Nomination File. The World Heritage Centre offers advice and help in preparing this file, which needs to be as comprehensive as possible.


At this point, the file is independently evaluated by two organizations: the International Council on Monuments and Sites and the World Conservation Union. These bodies then make their recommendations to the World Heritage Committee. The Committee meets once per year to determine whether or not to inscribe each nominated property on the World Heritage List, and sometimes defers the decision to request more information from the States Parties. There are ten selection criteria that a site must meet to be included on the list. The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) was founded in 1965 as a result of the Venice Charter of 1964 and offers advice to UNESCO on World Heritage Sites. ... The World Conservation Union or International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) is an international organization dedicated to natural resource conservation. ...


Selection criteria

Until the end of 2004, there were six criteria for cultural heritage and four criteria for natural heritage. In 2005, this was modified so that there is only one set of ten criteria. Nominated sites must be of "outstanding universal value" and meet at least one of the ten criteria.[2] Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Cultural criteria

  • I. "to represent a masterpiece of human creative genius";
  • II. "to exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design";
  • III. "to bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared";
  • IV. "to be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history";
  • V. "to be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, land-use, or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures), or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change";
  • VI. "to be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria)";

Natural criteria

  • VII. "to contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance";
  • VIII. "to be outstanding examples representing major stages of earth's history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features";
  • IX. "to be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals";
  • X. "to contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-site conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation."

Statistics

See also: Table of World Heritage Sites based on State Parties

There are currently 851 World Heritage Sites located in 142 State Parties. Of these, 660 are cultural, 166 are natural and 25 are mixed properties. Further site classification includes the classification of the State Parties among five geographic zones: Africa, Arab States (composed of northern Africa and the Middle East), Asia-Pacific (includes Australia and Oceania), Europe and North America (specifically, USA and Canada), and Latin America and the Caribbean. As of 2006, there are a total of 830 World Heritage Sites located in 138 State Parties. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Arab world. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... Map showing general definition of Asia-Pacific The term Asia-Pacific generally applies to littoral East Asia, Southeast Asia and Australasia near the Pacific Ocean, plus the states in the ocean itself (Oceania). ... For other uses, see Oceania (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... “West Indian” redirects here. ...


Note that Russia and the Caucasus States are classified as belonging to the Europe and North America zone. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Caucasus Mountains. ...


The UNESCO geographic zones also give greater emphasis on administrative, rather than geographic associations. Hence, Gough Island, located in the South Atlantic, is part of the Europe & North America region since it was the United Kingdom which nominated the site. Gough Island (occasionally referred to (erroneously) as Diego Alvarez) is a volcanic island rising from the South Atlantic Ocean to heights of over 900 metres (2950 ft) above sea level with an area of approximately 65 km² (25 mi²). It is part of Tristan da Cunha, a dependency of the...


The table below includes a breakdown of the sites according to these zones and their classification:

Zone Natural Cultural Mixed Total  %
Africa 33 38 3 74 9%
Arab States 3 58 1 62 7%
Asia-Pacific 45 126 11 182[3] 21%
Europe & North America 51 358 7 416 49%
Latin America & Caribbean 34 80 3 117 14%


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Lists of World Heritage Sites

This is a list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa. ... This is a list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. ... This is a list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Asia, Australia and the Pacific (Australasia). ... This is a list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Europe. ... These are thirty sites which the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has decided to include on a list of World Heritage Sites in danger; this list also shows the year in which the World Heritage committee added the site to this list. ...

World Heritage Committee Session

The World Heritage Committee meets several times a year to discuss measures on the management of existing World Heritage Sites, and accept the nominations from interested countries. A session, known as the World Heritage Committee Session, takes place annually where sites are officially inscribed on the World Heritage List, after presentations made by the IUCN and/or ICOMOS, and deliberations made among the State Parties.


The annual session takes place in various cities all over the world. With the exception of those held in Paris (France), where the UNESCO headquarter office is located, only State Parties who are members of the World Heritage Committee have the right to host a future Session, pending approval by the Committee, as well as provided that the concerned State Party’s term will not expire before it hosts the Session.

Session Year Date Host City State Party
1 1977 27 June1 July Paris Flag of France France
2 1978 5 September8 September Washington, D.C. Flag of the United States United States
3 1979 22 October26 October Cairo & Luxor Flag of Egypt Egypt
4 1980 1 September5 September Paris Flag of France France
5 1981 26 October30 October Sydney Flag of Australia Australia
6 1982 13 December17 December Paris Flag of France France
7 1983 5 December9 December Florence Flag of Italy Italy
8 1984 29 October2 November Buenos Aires Flag of Argentina Argentina
9 1985 2 December6 December Paris Flag of France France
10 1986 24 November28 November Paris Flag of France France
11 1987 7 December11 December Paris Flag of France France
12 1988 5 December9 December Brasilia Flag of Brazil Brazil
13 1989 11 December15 December Paris Flag of France France
14 1990 7 December12 December Banff Flag of Canada Canada
15 1991 9 December13 December Carthage Flag of Tunisia Tunisia
16 1992 7 December14 December Santa Fe Flag of the United States United States
17 1993 6 December11 December Cartagena Flag of Colombia Colombia
18 1994 12 December17 December Phuket Flag of Thailand Thailand
19 1995 4 December9 December Berlin Flag of Germany Germany
20 1996 2 December7 December Mérida Flag of Mexico Mexico
21 1997 1 December6 December Naples Flag of Italy Italy
22 1998 30 November5 December Kyoto Flag of Japan Japan
23 1999 29 November4 December Marrakesh Flag of Morocco Morocco
24 2000 27 November2 December Cairns Flag of Australia Australia
25 2001 11 December16 December Helsinki Flag of Finland Finland
26 2002 24 June29 June Budapest Flag of Hungary Hungary
27 2003 30 June5 July Paris Flag of France France
28 2004 28 June7 July Suzhou Flag of the People's Republic of China China
29 2005 10 July17 July Durban Flag of South Africa South Africa
30 2006 8 July16 July Vilnius Flag of Lithuania Lithuania
31 2007 23 June1 July Christchurch Flag of New Zealand New Zealand
32 2008 2 July-10 July Quebec City Flag of Canada Canada

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As of 2006, there are a total of 830 World Heritage Sites located in 138 State Parties. ... The list of conservation topics is a link page for the conservation of both the natural environment and the built environment. ... There are a number of heritage registers around the world, which keep lists of natural or man-made objects deemed to be of heritage value. ... The World Network of Biosphere Reserves was established at the International Conference on Biosphere Reserves in Seville in 1995. ... The International Network of Geoparks (INoG) is a UNESCO Geoparks programme established in 1998. ... Map showing the distribution of documentary heritages by State Parties as of 2005. ...

Reference notes

  1. ^ About World Heritage. World Heritage. Retrieved on 2006-10-14.
  2. ^ Criteria for Selection. World Heritage. Retrieved on 2006-10-14.
  3. ^ The Uvs Nuur Basin located in Russia and in Mongolia is here included in Asia-Pacific zone.

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