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World Heritage is the official UNESCO publication from the World Heritage Centre featuring in-depth articles on cultural and natural World Heritage sites. The quarterly review is produced in English, French and Spanish.

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n°103 - November 2022

50th anniversary to the World Heritage Convention

It is a great pleasure for me to share this 50th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention celebration with you. Over the past five decades, the World Heritage Convention has ...


n°102 - June 2022

The private sector pitches in

World Heritage sites require an enormous number of resources for their protection. Conservation needs are met in different ways by governments, vibrant communities, or donors of many ...


n°101 - January 2022

New World Heritage sites 2020-2021

This year we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention: a unique legal instrument that protects both both cultural and natural heritage. Because of this, the ...


n°100 - October 2021

Climate Change

Climate change is the defining issue of our time, and among the greatest threats facing cultural and natural heritage today. One in three natural sites and one in six cultural heritage sites are currently threatened by ...


n°99 - July 2021

Special Issue - World Heritage in China

It is a great pleasure to meet for this extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee to be held from 16 to 31 July 2021 in Fuzhou, China and online. As China is home to a ...


n°98 - April 2021

Monitoring World Heritage from Space

Observing heritage sites from space for the sake of preservation has a long history. In the early 1920s, scientists were already using aerial photographs to map archaeological sites and ...


n°97 - May 2021

People Protecting World Heritage

The World Heritage Convention was created in 1972 – nearly half a century ago – as a legal instrument to protect our most outstanding cultural and natural sites around the world. It has ...


n°96 - December 2020

World Heritage and Biodiversity

We are pleased to bring you this issue on biodiversity and World Heritage sites, focusing on some of the properties most vital to the future of our planet. These articles were prepared ...


n°95 - July 2020

Interpretation and COVID-19

The year 2020 began with an unprecedented health crisis that has affected each one of us, and we still cannot predict its long-term effects. Not only have we been touched in our ...


n°94 - January 2020

New World Heritage sites 2019

The 1972 World Heritage Convention is truly unique. It is the only legal instrument conceived to protect both cultural and natural heritage, based on the principle of Outstanding ...


n°93 - November 2019

The Silk Roads

The Silk Roads encompass some of the most complex and fascinating systems in the history of world civilizations. A shifting network of roads and pathways for trade that evolved over centuries, it enabled the exchange of cargo ...

Quarterly magazine published jointly in English, French and Spanish, by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, France and Publishing For Development Ltd., London, United Kingdom.

Editorial Director: Mechtild Rössler (Director, UNESCO World Heritage Centre) Editors: Gina Doubleday, Helen Aprile
Co-Publisher: Richard Forster Production Editor: Caroline Fort Copy Editors: Cathy Nolan (English), Chantal Lyard (French), Luisa Futoransky (Spanish) Editorial Board: UNESCO World Heritage Centre: Isabelle Anatole-Gabriel, Frédérique Aubert, Guy Debonnet, Feng Jing, Muhammad Juma Muhammad, Mauro Rosi, May Shaer; UNESCO Publishing: Ian Denison
ICCROM: Joseph King; ICOMOS: Regina Durighello; IUCN: Tim Badman
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