Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Paris, France
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 17/12/1975

Category

Good Governance

Sub category

Cultural Property

Groups

UNESCO

What is it about?

State Parties to this Convention are eligible to participate in the “World Heritage List” as well as benefit from the “World Heritage Fund”. Every State Party to this Convention must submit to the World Heritage Committee an inventory of property forming part of the cultural and natural heritage, situated in its territory. This inventory includes documentation about the location of the property in question and its significance. After review, the Committee may choose a site, where it can then benefit from international assistance for preservation and renovation under the World Heritage Fund. The latter is a trust fund in conformity with the provisions of the Financial Regulations of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Why is it relevant?

By protecting their national and cultural property, States may preserve their heritage. They may also achieve some economic growth, especially in the tourism sector.

Additional Information

In 2003, 754 sites in 128 State parties were enrolled under the World Heritage Fund.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Afghanistan20/03/1979
Albania10/07/1989
Algeria24/06/1974
Andorra03/01/1997
Angola07/11/1991
Antigua and Barbuda01/11/1983
Argentina23/08/1978
Armenia05/09/1993
Australia22/08/1974
Austria18/12/1992
Azerbaijan16/12/1993
Bahamas15/05/2014
Bahrain28/05/1991
Bangladesh03/08/1983
Barbados09/04/2002
Belarus12/10/1988
Belgium24/07/1996
Belize06/11/1990
Benin14/06/1982
Bhutan17/10/2001
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)04/10/1976
Bosnia and Herzegovina12/07/1993
Botswana23/11/1998
Brazil01/09/1977
Brunei Darussalam12/08/2011
Bulgaria07/03/1974
Burkina Faso02/04/1987
Burundi19/05/1982
Cambodia28/11/1991
Cameroon07/12/1982
Canada23/07/1976
Cape Verde28/04/1988
Central African Republic22/12/1980
Chad23/06/1999
Chile20/02/1982
China12/12/1985
Colombia24/05/1983
Comoros27/09/2000
Congo10/12/1987
Costa Rica23/08/1977
Cote d'Ivoire09/01/1981
Croatia06/07/1992
Cuba24/03/1981
Cyprus14/08/1975
Czech Republic26/03/1993
Democratic People's Republic of Korea21/07/1998
Democratic Republic of the Congo23/09/1974
Denmark25/07/1979
Djibouti30/08/2007
Dominica04/04/1995
Dominican Republic12/02/1985
Ecuador16/06/1975
Egypt07/02/1974
El Salvador08/10/1991
Equatorial Guinea10/03/2010
Eritrea24/10/2001
Estonia27/10/1995
Ethiopia06/07/1977
Fiji21/11/1990
Finland04/03/1987
France27/06/1975
Gabon30/12/1986
Gambia01/07/1987
Georgia04/11/1992
Germany23/08/1976
Ghana04/07/1975
Greece17/07/1981
Grenada13/08/1998
Guatemala16/01/1979
Guinea18/03/1979
Guinea-Bissau28/01/2006
Guyana20/06/1977
Haiti18/01/1980
Holy See07/10/1982
Honduras08/06/1979
Hungary15/07/1985
Iceland19/12/1995
India14/11/1977
Indonesia06/07/1989
Iran26/02/1975
Iraq05/03/1974
Ireland16/09/1991
Israel06/10/1999
Italy23/06/1978
Jamaica14/06/1983
Japan30/06/1992
Jordan05/05/1975
Kazakhstan29/04/1994
Kenya05/06/1991
Kiribati12/05/2000
Kuwait06/06/2002
Kyrgyzstan03/07/1995
Lao People's Democratic Republic20/03/1987
Latvia10/01/1995
Lebanon03/02/1983
Lesotho25/11/2003
Liberia23/03/2002
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya13/10/1978
Lithuania31/03/1992
Luxembourg28/09/1983
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)30/04/1997
Madagascar19/07/1983
Malawi05/01/1982
Malaysia07/12/1988
Maldives22/05/1986
Mali05/04/1977
Malta14/11/1978
Marshall Islands24/04/2002
Mauritania02/03/1981
Mauritius19/09/1995
Mexico23/02/1984
Micronesia (Federated States of)22/07/2002
Moldova23/09/2002
Monaco07/11/1978
Mongolia02/02/1990
Montenegro26/04/2007
Morocco28/10/1975
Mozambique27/11/1982
Myanmar24/04/1994
Namibia06/04/2000
Nepal20/06/1978
Netherlands26/08/1992
New Zealand22/11/1984
Nicaragua17/12/1979
Niger23/12/1974
Nigeria23/10/1974
Norway12/05/1977
Oman06/10/1981
Pakistan23/07/1976
Palau11/06/2002
Panama03/03/1978
Papua New Guinea28/07/1997
Paraguay27/04/1988
Peru24/02/1982
Philippines19/09/1985
Poland29/06/1976
Portugal30/09/1980
Qatar12/09/1984
Republic of Korea14/09/1988
Romania16/05/1990
Russian Federation12/10/1988
Rwanda28/12/2000
Saint Kitts and Nevis10/07/1986
Saint Lucia14/10/1991
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines03/02/2003
Samoa28/08/2001
San Marino18/10/1991
Sao Tome and Principe25/07/2006
Saudi Arabia07/08/1978
Senegal13/02/1976
Serbia26/05/1975
Seychelles09/04/1980
Sierra Leone07/01/2005
Singapore19/06/2012
Slovakia31/03/1993
Slovenia05/11/1992
Solomon Islands10/06/1992
South Africa10/07/1997
Spain04/05/1982
Sri Lanka06/06/1980
Sudan06/06/1974
Suriname23/10/1997
Swaziland30/11/2005
Sweden22/01/1985
Switzerland17/09/1975
Syrian Arab Republic13/08/1975
Tajikistan28/08/1992
Thailand17/09/1987
Togo15/04/1998
Tonga03/06/2004
Trinidad and Tobago16/02/2005
Tunisia10/03/1975
Turkey16/03/1983
Turkmenistan04/09/1994
Uganda20/11/1987
Ukraine12/10/1988
United Arab Emirates11/05/2001
United Kingdom29/05/1984
United Republic of Tanzania02/08/1977
United States of America07/12/1973
Uruguay09/03/1989
Uzbekistan13/01/1993
Vanuatu13/06/2002
Venezuela30/10/1990
Viet Nam19/10/1987
Yemen07/10/1980
Zambia04/06/1984
Zimbabwe16/08/1982
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
19731
19749
197511
19766
19778
19788
19797
19806
19815
198210
19838
19845
19857
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19887
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19936
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19956
19961
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