- DictionaryWorld Her·it·age Site/wərld ˈherədij sīt/
- 1. a natural or man-made site, area, or structure recognized as being of outstanding international importance and therefore as deserving special protection. Sites are nominated to and designated by the World Heritage Convention (an organization of UNESCO).
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- A World Heritage Site is a landmark or area with legal protection by an international convention administered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). World Heritage Sites are designated by UNESCO for having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance.
Places as diverse and unique as the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Galápagos Islands in Ecuador, the Taj Mahal in India, the Grand Canyon in the USA, or the Acropolis in Greece are examples of the 1007 natural and cultural places inscribed on the World Heritage List to date. Click here to learn more about World Heritage.
A World Heritage Site is a cultural or natural landmark that has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). These sites are deemed worthy of preservation due to their universal value to humanity, both in the present and for future generations.
- 20 ratifications
- Paris, France
- 17 December 1975
- 16 November 1972
The 'World Heritage Convention' is the international agreement established to protect places designated as World Heritage sites. It is officially called the ' Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage ' and it was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO in 1972—almost 50 years ago.