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Ensuring that World Heritage sites sustain their outstanding universal value is an increasingly challenging mission in today’s complex world, where sites are vulnerable to the effects of uncontrolled urban development, unsustainable tourism practices, neglect, natural calamities, pollution, political instability, and conflict.
World Heritage preservation costs money and takes collective effort, and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre welcomes assistance in many different forms to carry out this important work.

Since 2002, the World Heritage Partnerships for Conservation Initiative (PACT) has helped raise awareness, mobilize funds, and implement activities through creative and innovative partnerships.

Our Partners

The World Heritage Centre has established successful partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, governments and international governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector. These alliances reflect a commitment to long-term management of sites on the World Heritage List.

Who our partners are

Become a Partner

Do you want to become a partner? Learn about the benefits, principles
and regulatory frameworks
of our partnerships. There are a number of ways in which Private Sector companies can partner with the World Heritage Centre.

Engage with us in 3 steps

Sites in Danger

Preservation of properties inscribed on
the List of World Heritage sites in Danger 
is a priority for the development
of partnerships.

Thematic programmes

A series of thematic programmes have been developed to implement priority actions for the conservation of World Heritage properties for which assistance, both financial and technical, is required.

Earthen architecture Forests Modern heritage Small Island Developing States Marine programme Sustainable tourism World Heritage cities Education.

Fund Projects under International Assistance

Find projects recommended for approval by the International Assistance panel but for which no funding is available.

Choose a project

Strategic Objectives of the World Heritage Convention
the Five "Cs"

Budapest Declaration (2002), The "fifth C" (2007)


Strengthen the Credibility of the World Heritage List, as a representative and geographically balanced testimony of cultural and natural properties of outstanding universal value;


Ensure the effective Conservation of World Heritage properties;


Promote the development of Capacity-building measures, including assistance for preparing the nomination of properties, implementation of the World Heritage Convention and related instruments;


Increase public awareness, involvement and support for World Heritage through Communication.


To enhance the role of Communities in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.


World Heritage Partnerships for Conservation Initiative (PACT)
World Heritage Centre
UNESCO, Paris, France

Décisions (12)
Show 37COM 5D Stratégie révisée pour l’initiative PACTe
Show 36COM 5A.2 Projet de nouvelle stratégie de l’initiative de partenariats pour la conservation (PACTe)
Show 36COM 9A Rapport d'avancement sur la mise en œuvre des recommandations de l'évaluation de la Stratégie globale et de l'Initiative PACTe
Show 18GA 8 Recommandations de l’évaluation indépendante par le Commissaire aux comptes de l’UNESCO sur la mise en œuvre de la Stratégie globale depuis ses débuts en 1994 jusqu’en 2011, et de l’Initiative de partenariats pour la conservation (PACTe)
Show 35COM 5A Rapport du Centre du patrimoine mondial sur ses activités et la mise en œuvre des décisions du Comité du patrimoine mondial
Show 35COM 12A Plan d’action stratégique et Vision de la Convention
Show 34COM 9A Cahier des charges pour l’évaluation de la Stratégie globale et de PACTe, tel que demandé par la Résolution 17 GA 9
Show 31COM 13A
Show 31COM 13B Le « 5e C » pour « Communautés »
Show 26COM 17.3 Initiative de partenariats du patrimoine mondial (IPPM)