The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) encourages the identification, protection and conservation of the entire world’s cultural and natural heritage, considered of exceptional value for humankind. What makes the world heritage concept exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, regardless of the territories on which they are located.
Working on the basis of the international treaty of 1972 known as the Convention Concerning the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, to date UNESCO has recognised a total of 1052 sites: 814 cultural, 203 natural and 35 mixed, located in 165 nations of the world [figures updated September 2016].
Visit the website whc.unesco.org dedicated to the World Heritage