World Heritage Fund
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The Fund for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage of Outstanding Universal Value, called "the World Heritage Fund", was established under Art. 15 of the World Heritage Convention. Its resources consist primarily of assessed contributions by the States Parties of the Convention and may be used only for such purposes as the World Heritage Committee shall define.
At its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016), the World Heritage Committee decided “to initiate a consultation process on annual fee for World Heritage listed properties on a voluntary basis by requesting the Secretariat to send out a survey to States Parties, in order to verify from their local administrations in charge of management of inscribed sites of the possibility of paying an annual fee to the World Heritage Fund, depending on their financial autonomy and capacity to pay and report back to the Committee” (Decision 40 COM 15).
Results of the survey
Responded to the survey (States Parties)
States Parties Contributions
40COM 15 Presentation of the final accounts of the World Heritage Fund for 2014-2015 and implementation of the World Heritage Fund under the biennium 2016-2017
20GA 7 Examination of the statement of accounts of the World Heritage Fund, including the status of the States Parties' contributions