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The World Heritage Centre is at the forefront of the international community’s efforts to protect and preserve.
From emergency assistance to safeguard properties in danger, to long term conservation, management planning, technical assistance, professional training, public and youth education, and awareness-building, the World Heritage Centre and its partners have developed a series of initiatives and have been actively involved in the implementation of projects, participatory workshops, seminars and training courses.
World Heritage Cities Programme

The World Heritage Cities Programme is one of six thematic programmes formally approved and monitored by the World Heritage Committee.

Astronomy and World Heritage Thematic Initiative

Astronomy and World Heritage Thematic Initiative Created in 2003 within the framework of the Global Strategy for the ...

Category 2 Centres

In recent years, the framework for training and research in the field of World Heritage has changed significantly. Among the factors that have ...

Climate Change and World Heritage

World Heritage properties are affected by the impacts of climate change at present and in the future. Their continued preservation requires ...

Cultural Landscapes

Cultural Landscapes © UNESCO / Quebrada de Humahuaca (Argentina) There exist a great variety of Landscapes that are ...

Human Evolution: Adaptations, Dispersals and Social Developments (HEADS)

Human Evolution related properties represent a process of evolutionary accretion that took place over a vast period of time, offering vital ...

Initiative on Heritage of Astronomy, Science and Technology

One type of scientific heritage under-represented on the World Heritage List concerns sites connected with natural sciences and the development ...

Initiative on Heritage of Religious Interest

There exist a great variety of religious and sacred sites that are representative of the different cultures and traditions of the world. ...

Modern Heritage Programme

At the start of 2001 the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) and DOCOMOMO (Working Party for the ...

Natural World Heritage in the Congo Basin

UNESCO has been taking action in the Congo Basin since 2000 in order to improve the conservation and the management of natural World Heritage ...

Natural World Heritage

The World Heritage Convention is one of the most successful international instruments to recognize the most exceptional natural places in the ...

Reducing Disasters Risks at World Heritage Properties

Reducing Disaster Risk at World Heritage Properties World Heritage properties and heritage sites in general are exposed to the impacts of ...

Small Island Developing States Programme

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are islands of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. They are some of the most ...

World Heritage and Indigenous Peoples

Many cultural and natural World Heritage sites are home to indigenous peoples. As the UNESCO policy on engaging with indigenous peoples ...

World Heritage and Sustainable Development

Heritage was long absent from the mainstream sustainable development debate despite its crucial importance to societies and the wide ...

World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme

The UNESCO World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme represents a new approach based on dialogue and stakeholder cooperation where ...

World Heritage Centre’s Natural Heritage Strategy

In October 2006 the World Heritage Centre published the UNESCO World Heritage Centre's Natural Heritage Strategy, which was endorsed by the World ...

World Heritage Earthen Architecture Programme (WHEAP)

Earthen architecture is one of the most original and powerful expressions of our ability to create a built environment with readily available ...

World Heritage Education Programme

The UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, initiated as a UNESCO special project in 1994, gives young people a chance to voice their ...

World Heritage Marine Programme

World HeritageMarine Programme 50 flagship marine protected areas of Outstanding Universal Value:Beacons of Hope In a Changing ...

Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape

On 10 November 2011 UNESCO’s General Conference adopted the new Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape by acclamation, the first such ...

World Heritage Volunteers Initiative

Within the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, the World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) Initiative was launched in 2008 in ...