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International Assistance

Acting for World Heritage worldwide

International Assistance under the World Heritage Convention is granted to the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention, in order to help them protect the World Cultural or Natural Heritage located on their territories and inscribed on the World Heritage List, the List of World Heritage in Danger or on their Tentative List.


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Who can apply?

All States Parties to the World Heritage Convention are eligible in principle.

Individuals, foundations, IGOs and NGOs are not eligible for submitting International Assistance requests under the World Heritage Fund.

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Which projects can be funded?

Priority is given to the most threatened properties.

International Assistance under the World Heritage Fund can support projects falling under one of the following three categories:

Emergency Assistance Conservation & Management Preparatory Assistance

How to apply?

International Assistance requests must be transmitted by a State Party National Commission for UNESCO or Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, or an appropriate governmental Department or Ministry. Individuals who do not represent one of these bodies are therefore not entitled to submit requests for International Assistance

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For the detailed principles and priorities for International Assistance, please refer to the Operational Guidelines for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, paragraphs 236 to 239.

For funding in 2017, the deadline for submission will be 31 October 2016.
For funding in 2016, the submissions are closed.

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Reports and statistics

All International Assistance granted since 1978
43,033,626
USD Total Approved Amount
2040
Requests approved

Statistics

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Who can apply?

All States Parties to the World Heritage Convention are eligible in principle. Individuals, foundations, IGOs and NGOs are not eligible for submitting International Assistance requests under the World Heritage Fund.

International Assistance requests must be transmitted by a State Party National Commission for UNESCO or Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, or an appropriate governmental Department or Ministry. Individuals who do not represent one of these bodies are not entitled to submit requests for International Assistance.

States Parties in arrears of payment of their compulsory or voluntary contributions to the World Heritage Fund are not eligible for International Assistance. For example, for the 2017 cycle, it means that all contributions up to 2016 included have to be paid. The status of contributions can be checked on whc.unesco.org/en/world-heritage-fund

Moreover, the Operational Guidelines outline that when funds available are limited and a selection has to be made, preference should be given to:

  • a Least Developed Country (LDC) or Low Income Economy (LIE) as defined by the United Nations Economic and Social Council's Committee for Development Policy, or
  • a Lower Middle Income Country (LMIC) as defined by the World Bank, or
  • a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), or
  • a State Party in a post-conflict situation.

How to apply?

International Assistance requests must be transmitted by a State Party National Commission for UNESCO or Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, or an appropriate governmental Department or Ministry. Individuals who do not represent one of these bodies are therefore not entitled to submit requests for International Assistance

Online

Advantages of the online form:

  • Submission not possible if all the fields are not filled in (missing fields can lead to rejection of the request)
  • Automatic calculations in the budget part can help avoiding mistakes
  1. Request a log-in, if you do not have one yet. Persons belonging to National Commissions for UNESCO, Permanent Delegations to UNESCO or appropriate governmental Departments or Ministries can send their name, function, institution and email address at wh-intassistance@unesco.org; they will receive their log-in directly to their email address.
  2. Fill in the application online in English or French. Attach relevant supporting documents and information that are deemed appropriate.
  3. Submit the request online
  4. Sign a printed version of the application after having downloaded it under Word format. Reminder: it must be signed and dated by a National Commission for UNESCO, a Permanent Delegation to UNESCO or an appropriate governmental Department or Ministry.
  5. The completed application form must be sent to the World Heritage Centre at the following address:
    UNESCO World Heritage Centre
    7, place de Fontenoy
    75352 Paris 07 SP
    France
    An advanced scanned copy can be sent at wh-intassistance@unesco.org

Offline

  1. Download one of the forms below:
    International Assistance request application form in Word format in English
    International Assistance request application form in Word format in French
    If you experience difficulty downloading this file, please contact the Convention Secretariat at wh-intassistance@unesco.org
  2. Fill in the application in English or French. Attach relevant supporting documents and information that are deemed appropriate.
  3. Sign the application. Reminder: it must be signed and dated by National Commissions for UNESCO, Permanent Delegations to UNESCO or appropriate governmental Departments or Ministries.
  4. The completed application form must be sent to the World Heritage Centre at the following address:
    UNESCO World Heritage Centre
    7, place de Fontenoy
    75352 Paris 07 SP
    France
    An advanced scanned copy can be sent at wh-intassistance@unesco.org

In order to help you filling in the above form, here are some written guidelines giving explanations and examples:

You can also consult the evaluation criteria that will be used by the Advisory Bodies (ICOMOS, IUCN, ICCROM) in their evaluation of the request:

Rules for International Assistance

Who decides? Is there a ceiling?...
Preparatory Assistance Conservation & Management Assistance Emergency Assistance
Technical Cooperation Assistance Training & Research Assistance Educational & Promotional Assistance
Decision by Director up to
$5,000
up to
$5,000
up to
$5,000
up to
$5,000
up to
$5,000
Decision by Chairperson from
$5,001
to
$30,000
from
$5,001
to
$30,000
from
$5,001
to
$30,000
from
$5,001
to
$10,000
from
$5,001
to
$75,000
The Chairperson cannot approve requests submitted by his/her own country
Decision by Committee N/A above
$30,000
above
$30,000
N/A above
$75,000
Budgetary Ceiling Amount maximum =
$30,000
None None Amount maximum =
$10,000
None
Payment of contributions to the World Heritage Fund States Parties must have paid all their contribution up to 31 December of the previous calendar year - for example, they can have requests approved in 2011 if they have paid up to 31 December 2010. N/A
Submission date For
$5,000 or less:
any time Above $5,000: 31 October
For
$5,000 or less:
any time Above $5,000: 31 October
For
$5,000 or less:
any time Above $5,000: 31 October
For
$5,000 or less:
any time Above $5,000: 31 October
Any time
Comments by the Advisory Bodies* Mandatory above $5,000 Mandatory above $5,000 Mandatory above $5,000 Mandatory above $5,000 Mandatory above $5,000
Evaluation by the panel** Mandatory above $5,000 Mandatory above $5,000 Mandatory above $5,000 Mandatory above $5,000 N/A

* ICOMOS  and ICCROM for cultural heritage, IUCN for natural heritage, ICOMOS, ICCROM and IUCN for mixed heritage
** The panel is composed of representatives from the Secretariat, the Advisory Bodies, and is chaired, if possible, by the Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee or, in observer capacity, a person designated by the Chairperson. It is held every year in January.

Preparatory Assistance

Maximum amount: 30,000 USD

The purpose of Preparatory assistance is

  • to prepare or update Tentative Lists; or
  • to prepare nomination files for sites inscribed on national Tentative Lists; or
  • to prepare requests for Conservation & Management Assistance.
Examples

Process for a Preparatory Assistance Request

 

Submission - Deadline


Evaluation by


Examination by the panel
(conveyed in January)


Final decision
made by
Request
for 5,000 USD
or less
Any time during the year World Heritage Centre No Director of the World Heritage Centre
Request
between 5,001 USD and 30,000 USD
31 October at the latest Advisory Bodies* Yes
If the request needs to be revised, “catch-up” panel in April (deadline: 31 March)
Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee

* Advisory Bodies are: ICOMOS and ICCROM for cultural heritage requests, IUCN for natural heritage requests. The 3 Advisory Bodies evaluate mixed heritage requests (see paragraphs 248 to 250 of the Operational Guidelines for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention)

Conservation & Management Assistance

Conservation & Management Assistance includes:

Technical
cooperation

To provide equipment or experts for the conservation, management and presentation of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List. For example, conservation works, preparation or update of management plans or risk-preparedness plans fall under this category;

Examples
Promotional and educational assistance

Maximum amount: 10,000 USD.

To raise awareness and develop educational materials for the general promotion of the World Heritage Convention and the World Heritage List.

As a consequence, the promotion of a single site is not an eligible activity.

Examples
Training &
research assistance

To support the training of staff and specialists at all levels in the fields of identification, monitoring, conservation, management and presentation of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List, with an emphasis on group training. Individual scholarships cannot be funded and should be sent to UNESCO’s Fellowship Section instead.

This assistance can be requested also to undertake scientific research or studies benefiting properties inscribed on the World Heritage List;

Examples

Process for a Conservation & Management Assistance Request

 

Submission - Deadline


Evaluation by


Examination by the panel
(conveyed in January)


Final decision
made by
Request
for 5,000 USD
or less
Any time during the year World Heritage Centre No Director of the World Heritage Centre
Request
between 5,001 USD and 30,000 USD
31 October at the latest Advisory Bodies* Yes
If the request needs to be revised, “catch-up” panel in April (deadline: 31 March)
Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee
Request
above 30,000 USD
31 October at the latest Advisory Bodies* Yes
If the request needs to be revised, “catch-up” panel in April (deadline: 31 March)
World Heritage Committee (June/July)

* Advisory Bodies are: ICOMOS and ICCROM for cultural heritage requests, IUCN for natural heritage requests. The 3 Advisory Bodies evaluate mixed heritage requests (see paragraphs 248 to 250 of the Operational Guidelines for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention)

Emergency Assistance

The purpose of Emergency assistance is to address ascertained or potential threats facing properties inscribed on the World Heritage List which have suffered severe damage or are in imminent danger of severe damage due to sudden, unexpected phenomena (eg. land subsidence, extensive fires, flooding or man-made disaster).

This assistance does not concern cases of damage or deterioration caused by gradual processes of decay, pollution or erosion.

Examples

Process for an Emergency Assistance request

 
Submission – Deadline

Evaluation by

Examination by the panel
(conveyed in January)

Final decision made by
Request
for 5,000 USD or less
Any time during the year World Heritage Centre No Director of the World Heritage Centre
Request
between 5,001 USD and 75,000 USD
Any time during the year Advisory Bodies* No Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee
Request
above 75,000 USD
Anytime before the Committee (June/July) Advisory Bodies* No World Heritage Committee (June/July)

* Advisory Bodies are: ICOMOS and ICCROM for cultural heritage requests, IUCN for natural heritage requests. The 3 Advisory Bodies evaluate mixed heritage requests (see paragraphs 248 to 250 of the Operational Guidelines for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention)

Documents Relating To International Assistance

Background information documents

  • In 1999: Examination of the recommendations of the twenty-third session of the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee concerning prioritization in granting International Assistance to States Parties (document WHC-99/CONF.209/16)
  • In 2000: Report on the Evaluation of International Assistance provided under the World Heritage Fund (document WHC-2000/CONF.204/16)
  • In 2004: Progress Report on the Evaluation of the World Heritage Fund Emergency Assistance (document WHC-04/28.COM/10B)
  • In 2005: Information on the Evaluation of the World Heritage Fund’s Preparatory Assistance, Technical Cooperation, Training, and Promotional and Educational Activities (document WHC-05/29.COM/14B)
  • In 2006: Examination of the Recommendations on International Assistance (document WHC-06/30.COM/14A)
  • In 2007: Reform of International Assistance (document WHC-07/31.COM/18B)
  • In 2012: Examination of International Assistance requests – part III: proposals to improve the international assistance process (document WHC-12/36.COM/14).

World Heritage Committee's Decisions Related To International Assistance

  • In 2004: Decision 28 COM 10B on the Progress Report on the Evaluation of Emergency Assistance
  • In 2006: Decision 30 COM 14A on the Reform of International process (3 types of assistance instead of 5, earmarking by type of assistance discontinued, new application form, official establishment of the evaluation panel, creation of the online database)
  • In 2007: Decision 31 COM 18B on the adoption of: the new application form, the evaluation criteria, the share 65/35 for nature-culture, no panel for Emergency assistance or for requests of US$5,000 or less.
  • In 2012: Decision 36 COM 13.I, paragraph 8 and Annex 2 on the adoption of a yearly deadline for the examination of requests and on the reintroduction of the earmarking by type of assistance.