Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
This section provides information about the 1972 World Heritage Convention and UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre. It includes answers to frequently asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
World Heritage / The Convention
What is World Heritage?
What does it mean for a site to be inscribed on the World Heritage List?
What is the World Heritage Convention?
What are the legal implications of the Convention?
The World Heritage List
Where can I send a letter of concern about a threat to a World Heritage site, or a site on the List of World Heritage in Danger?
Where can I send a recommendation?
Who owns a site once it’s inscribed on the World Heritage List?
How is a site inscribed on the List?
Who nominates sites?
What are the criteria for nominating a site?
What are the conditions of use of the data available?
The World Heritage Fund
How can I contribute to the World Heritage Fund?
How is the Fund used?
Who can apply for International Assistance under the World Heritage Fund?
Which International assistance projects can be funded under the World Heritage Fund?
How to apply for International assistance under the World Heritage Fund?
Who approves International Assistance requests under the World Heritage Fund?
What are the deadlines for the submission of International Assistance requests under the World Heritage Fund?
Who evaluates International assistance requests under the World Heritage Fund?
What is the timeline for approval of International assistance requests under the World Heritage Fund?
Which universities offer World Heritage programmes?
What is “World Heritage in Young Hands”?
How can I obtain/use photos of World Heritage sites?
I am a photographer; how can I propose my services to UNESCO, or sell my photos to UNESCO?
Are there any free publications or brochures on World Heritage?
How can I subscribe to the World Heritage Review?
Logo / Emblem
Can I use the World Heritage logo in brochures, ads or in other media?
Who are the partners?
What are the current projects?
How can I become a partner?
Work / Volunteer / Internship
How can I work or do an internship at UNESCO's World Heritage Centre?
How can I volunteer at a World Heritage site?
Election of World Heritage Committee members
How many Committee members are there?
When do the elections take place?
How long is the mandate of a Committee member?
Can an existing Committee member present a candidature during the year when their mandate is finishing?
Is there a geographical distribution of Committee members?
What is the deadline by which a State Party should submit its candidature?
Is there a special provision for States Parties with no properties on the World Heritage List?
How many voting rounds are there? What happens when two States Parties obtain equal votes?
How can I access the related reference documents of past statutory meetings : Resolutions; Decisions; Committee Reports; General Assembly Summary Records; Rules of Procedure, etc.?
Is there a special provision for States Parties which have never served as a member of the World Heritage Committee?
World Heritage Glossary
Criteria for selection of World Heritage sites
Culture Sector, UNESCO
Science Sector, UNESCO
World Heritage Centre
World Heritage Committee