The World Heritage Centre

The World Heritage Centre ensures the daily management of the Convention.
It organizes the statutory meetings, envisaged by the Convention: the biennial General Assembly of Member States, yearly meetings of the World Heritage Committee and the meetings of the Bureau.

Upon request of a Member State, the Centre:

– organizes assistance for the provision of preliminary lists and of nominees for the World Heritage List;

–   activates international assistance, and organizes educational courses and assistance for possible emergencies;

– assists activities for monitoring and preparation of reports on the state of conservation of World Heritage properties;

–  manages information and reports on threats to World Heritage properties pointed out by the public, Member States and advisory bodies, bringing them to the attention of the statutory organs of the World Heritage Centre;

–  organizes technical seminars and workshops, and develops educational material to promote awareness of the concept of World Heritage and keep the public informed about issues related to World Heritage;

– keeps the books of the statutory organs and documents related to the World Heritage Centre, educational movies, CDs, books and other materials.


The World Heritage Centre is based in Paris.

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COMMITTEE

The Committee is the responsible body and it:

– selects new sites for the World Heritage List, among the cultural and natural properties nominated by the various Member States;

– protects the sites on the List by distributing the resources of the World Heritage Fund and by determining technical and financial aid that has to be distributed to the different Member States.

It is composed of twenty-one Member States, elected by the General Assembly every six years. It meets once a year to discuss issues related to the implementation of the Convention. It decides the inscription of new properties on the World Heritage List, sets the budget of the World Heritage Fund for the following year, examines international assistance requests, defines political matters, and so on.

The Committee also elects the members of its bureau: Chairperson, Rapporteur and five Vice-Chairpersons. The bureau has its headquarters in Paris.

It is assisted by international NGOs, such as:

– the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS);

– the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), responsible for technical evaluations of each proposal;

– the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), which gives expert advice for the conservative restoration of monuments.

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UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization was founded in London on 16 November 1945, and has been operative since 1946.

UNESCO is a UN organization, born from the common purpose of contributing to maintaining peace and respecting human rights and equality among populations, through educational, scientific, cultural and communication channels.

The aim of the organization is contributing to peace and security by promoting cooperation among nations through education, science and culture, in order to guarantee universal respect of justice, law, human rights and fundamental freedoms that the United Nations Charter recognizes to all populations, without distinctions of race, gender, language or religion.

 

UNESCO is composed of three governing bodies:
The General Conference is the sovereign organ of UNESCO and it gathers all Member States every two years to set programmes and budgets.

The Executive Board, in which 58 Member States are represented, is basically the board of directors, with the task of verifying the fulfilment of the General Conference’s decisions and preparing work for the latter.

The Secretariat has the responsibility of putting into practice the obligations undertaken by member states.

 

The UNESCO headquarters are in Paris and has 195 Members and 9 Associate Members, representing one of the UN system’s highest membership (2013).

 

 

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