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World Heritage
POLICY COMPENDIUM

1 - General Policies Regarding the World Heritage Convention

1.1 - Fundamental World Heritage policies

1.1.1 - General

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Operational Guidelines

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“The cultural and natural heritage is among the priceless and irreplaceable assets, not only of each nation, but of humanity as a whole. The loss, through deterioration or disappearance, of any of these most prized assets constitutes an impoverishment of the heritage of all the peoples of the world. Parts of that heritage, because of their exceptional qualities, can be considered to be of “Outstanding Universal Value” and as such worthy of special protection against the dangers which increasingly threaten them.”

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