The German Commission for UNESCO will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention with a ceremonial event taking place on 21 June 2012 at the Art Nouveau Theatre of the World Heritage city of Stralsund.

About 450 World Heritage experts, comprising the members of the German Commission for UNESCO, politicians, preservationists and tourist experts from Germany, will participate in the ceremony. Furthermore, two personalities from each of the Baltic Sea States, Austria, Luxemburg and Switzerland as well as a representative of the World Heritage Centre will be invited to attend the ceremony in Stralsund.