On 15 May 2014, the Government of the Bahamas officially deposited with the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, its instrument of ratification for the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
The World Heritage Convention will enter into force for the Bahamas on 15 August 2014, making the island country the 191st State Party to the Convention, and completing the ratification of the Convention by the 33 countries of the region.
In ratifying the Convention, The Bahamas joins an international community committed to protecting cultural and natural sites of outstanding universal value.
The Bahamas has also ratified the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
By ratifying these conventions, the Bahamas expressed a shared commitment to preserving the legacy of our shared heritage for future generations.