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.
ARGENTINA AND BRAZIL:
CANADA and the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC:
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO:
FORMER YUGOSLAV REP. OF MACEDONIA:
FRANCE / SPAIN:
GUINEA AND COTE D'IVOIRE:
HUNGARY AND SLOVAKIA:
- 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)
LAO PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC:
LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA:
REPUBLIC OF KOREA:
SAINT CHRISTOPHER & NEVIS:
SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC:
UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:
- 1979 Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
- 1980 The Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci
- 1982 Historic Centre of Florence
- 1987 Venice and its Lagoon
- 1987 Piazza del Duomo, Pisa
- 1990 Historic Centre of San Gimignano
- 1993 I Sassi di Matera
- 1994 City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto
- 1995 Historic Centre of Siena
- 1995 Historic Centre of Naples
- 1995 Crespi d'Adda
- 1995 Ferrara, City of the Renaissance and its Po Delta
- 1996 Castel del Monte
- 1996 The trulli of Alberobello
- 1996 Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna
- 1996 Historic Centre of the City of Pienza
- 1997 18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli and the San Leucio Complex
- 1997 Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
- 1997 Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua
- 1997 Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)
- 1997 Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena
- 1997 Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum, and Torre Annunziata
- 1997 Costiera Amalfitana
- 1997 Archaeological Area of Agrigento
- 1997 Villa Romana del Casale
- 1997 Su Nuraxi di Barumini
- 1998 Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula
- 1998 Historic Centre of Urbino
- 1998 Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia
- 1999 Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org