World Heritage

World Heritage Committee

37th UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting, Phnom Penh, June 2013 Photo: IUCN © Yichuan Shi

The World Heritage Committee is the governing body on World Heritage and meets every year

IUCN is the Advisory Body on natural World Heritage. Ahead of the annual World Heritage Committee meeting, IUCN submits its recommendations regarding the inscription of new sites following a rigorous evaluation process through which it works with members on the ground, scientific experts, independent feedback and desk reviews. IUCN also submits “state of conservation” reports for sites under threat or sites that are already on the danger list or that it considers should be.

The World Heritage Committee is responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, defines the use of the World Heritage Fund and allocates financial assistance upon requests from States Parties. It has the final say on whether a property is inscribed on the World Heritage List, and can also defer its decision and request further information from the States Parties. The Committee examines reports on the state of conservation of inscribed properties and asks States Parties to take action when sites are facing major threats or are not being adequately managed. It also decides on inscriptions or deletions on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Work area: 
World Heritage
Location: 
Global
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