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Ensuring that World Heritage sites sustain their outstanding universal value is an increasingly challenging mission in today’s complex world, where sites are vulnerable to the effects of uncontrolled urban development, unsustainable tourism practices, neglect, natural calamities, pollution, political instability, and conflict.
World Heritage preservation costs money and takes collective effort, and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre welcomes assistance in many different forms to carry out this important work.

Since 2002, the World Heritage Partnerships for Conservation Initiative (PACT) has helped raise awareness, mobilize funds, and implement activities through creative and innovative partnerships.

Our Partners

The World Heritage Centre has established successful partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, governments and international governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector. These alliances reflect a commitment to long-term management of sites on the World Heritage List.

Who our partners are

Become a Partner

Do you want to become a partner? Learn about the benefits, principles
and regulatory frameworks
of our partnerships. There are a number of ways in which Private Sector companies can partner with the World Heritage Centre.

Engage with us in 3 steps

Sites in Danger

Preservation of properties inscribed on
the List of World Heritage sites in Danger 
is a priority for the development
of partnerships.

Thematic programmes

A series of thematic programmes have been developed to implement priority actions for the conservation of World Heritage properties for which assistance, both financial and technical, is required.

Earthen architecture Forests Modern heritage Small insular developing States Marine programme Sustainable tourism World Heritage cities Education.

Strategic Objectives of the World Heritage Convention
the Five "Cs"

Budapest Declaration (2002), The "fifth C" (2007)


Strengthen the Credibility of the World Heritage List, as a representative and geographically balanced testimony of cultural and natural properties of outstanding universal value;


Ensure the effective Conservation of World Heritage properties;


Promote the development of Capacity-building measures, including assistance for preparing the nomination of properties, implementation of the World Heritage Convention and related instruments;


Increase public awareness, involvement and support for World Heritage through Communication.


To enhance the role of Communities in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.


World Heritage Partnerships for Conservation Initiative (PACT)
World Heritage Centre
UNESCO, Paris, France

Contact us

Decisions (12)
Show 37COM 5D Revised PACT Initiative Strategy
Show 36COM 5A.2 Draft of the new Partnerships for Conservation (PACT) Initiative Strategy
Show 36COM 9A Progress report on the implementation of the recommendations of the evaluation of the Global Strategy and the PACT Initiative
Show 18GA 8 Recommendations of the independent evaluation by UNESCO’s external auditor on the implementation of the Global Strategy from its inception in 1994 to 2011 and the Partnership for Conservation Initiative (PACT)
Show 35COM 5A Report of the World Heritage Centre on its activities and the implementation of the World Heritage Committee’s Decisions
Show 35COM 12A Strategic Action Plan and Vision for the Convention
Show 34COM 9A Terms of reference of the Evaluation of the Global Strategy and PACT as requested by Resolution 17GA 9
Show 31COM 13A Evaluation of the results of the implementation of the Committee’s strategic objectives
Show 31COM 13B The “fifth C” for “Communities”
Show 26COM 17.3 World Heritage Partnerships Initiative (WHPI)