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World Heritage Sites

World Heritage SitesAs of 1999, the 630 properties (shown below) are sites the World Heritage Committee has inscribed on the World Heritage List, including 480 cultural, 128 natural and 22 mixed properties in 118 States.

ALBANIA:
ALGERIA:
ARGENTINA:
ARGENTINA AND BRAZIL:
  • 1984 Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis:
      San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and Santa Maria Mayor (Argentina), Ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes (Brazil)
ARMENIA:
AUSTRALIA:
AUSTRIA: BANGLADESH: BELARUS/POLAND:
BELGIUM:
BELIZE:
BENIN:
BOLIVIA:
BRAZIL:
BULGARIA:
CAMBODIA:
CAMEROON:
CANADA:
CANADA and the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC:
CHILE:
CHINA:
COLOMBIA:
COSTA RICA:
COSTA RICA/PANAMA:
COTE D'IVOIRE:
CROATIA:
CUBA:
CYPRUS:
CZECH REPUBLIC:
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO:
DENMARK:
DOMINICA:
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:
ECUADOR:
EGYPT:
EL SALVADOR:
ESTONIA:
ETHIOPIA:
FINLAND:
FORMER YUGOSLAV REP. OF MACEDONIA:
FRANCE:
FRANCE / SPAIN:
GEORGIA:
GERMANY:
GHANA:
GREECE:
GUATEMALA:
GUINEA AND COTE D'IVOIRE:
HAITI:
HOLY SEE:
HONDURAS:
HUNGARY:
HUNGARY AND SLOVAKIA:
INDIA:
INDONESIA:
IRAN:
IRAQ:
IRELAND:
ITALY:
ITALY/HOLY SEE:
JAPAN:
JERUSALEM:
JORDAN:
KENYA:
LAO PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC:
LATVIA:
LEBANON:
LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA:
LITHUANIA:
LUXEMBOURG:
MADAGASCAR:
MALAWI:
MALI:
MALTA:
MAURITANIA:
MEXICO:
MOROCCO:
MOZAMBIQUE:
NEPAL:
NETHERLANDS:
NEW ZEALAND:
NIGER:
NIGERIA:
NORWAY:
OMAN:
PAKISTAN:
PANAMA:
PARAGUAY:
PERU:
PHILIPPINES:
POLAND:
PORTUGAL:
REPUBLIC OF KOREA:
ROMANIA:
RUSSIAN FEDERATION:
SAINT CHRISTOPHER & NEVIS:
SENEGAL:
SEYCHELLES:
SLOVAKIA:
SLOVENIA:
SOLOMON ISLANDS:
SOUTH AFRICA:
SPAIN:
SRI LANKA:
SWEDEN:
SWITZERLAND:
SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC:
THAILAND:
TUNISIA:
TURKEY:
TURKMENISTAN:
UGANDA:
UKRAINE:
UNITED KINGDOM:
UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:
URUGUAY:
UZBEKISTAN:
VENEZUELA:
VIETNAM:
YEMEN:
YUGOSLAVIA:
ZAMBIA/ZIMBABWE:
ZIMBABWE:

The World Heritage List was established under terms of The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage adopted in November 1972 at the 17th General Conference of UNESCO.

The Convention states that a World Heritage Committee "will establish, keep up-to-date and publish" a World Heritage List of cultural and natural properties, submitted by the States Parties and considered to be of outstanding universal value.

One of the main responsibilities of this Committee is to provide technical co-operation under the World Heritage Fund for the safeguarding of World Heritage properties to States Parties whose resources are insufficient.

States Parties can request international assistance under the Fund for the preparation of tentative lists and nomination forms, expert missions, training of specialized staff, and supply of equipment when appropriate; they can also apply for long-term loans and, in special cases, non-repayable grants. Requests must concern work necessary for the preservation of cultural or natural sites included in the World Heritage List or assistance to national or regional training centres.

Emergency assistance is also available under the Fund in the case of properties severely damaged by specific natural or man-made disasters or threatened with imminent destruction.

As of December 1999, 158 had ratified the Convention, the United States being the first to do so. As of December 1999, the number of sites on the World Heritage List stood at 630. The Committee named 12 sites in 1978, 45 in 1979, 28 in 1980, 26 in 1981, 24 in 1982, 29 in 1983, 23 in 1984, 30 in 1985, 31 in 1986, 41 in 1987, 27 in 1988, 7 in 1989, 17 in 1990, 22 in 1991, 20 in 1992, 33 in 1993, 29 in 1994, 29 in 1995, 37 in 1996, 46 in 1997, 30 in 1998, and 48 in 1999.

Inquiries should be sent to : UNESCO World Heritage Centre 7 Place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris 07 SP, France wh-info@unesco.org

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