World Heritage Convention turns 40
The World Heritage Convention, adopted by the UNESCO General Conference on 16 November 1972, turns 40 today. The only treaty for heritage preservation that englobes both cultural and natural sites, the Convention has been almost universally ratified, with 190 States Parties. There are currently 962 sites on the World Heritage List, 745 of them cultural, 188 natural and 29 mixed (both cultural and natural) in 157 States Parties.
The celebratory year was officially opened by UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova at the UNESCO General Assembly in November 2011, and a ceremonial launch with a concert by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock was held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France in January 2012. Other events have taken place throughout the year and across the globe, in line with the theme "World Heritage and Sustainable Development: the Role of Local Communities". The anniversary year culminated in the closing event held in Kyoto, Japan last week, and the launch of the Kyoto Vision, a statement outlining orientations for the implementation of the Convention going forward.
To learn more about the 40th anniversary activities, the theme of the year and the Kyoto Vision, visit the 40th anniversary dedicated website.
- World Heritage Convention’s 40th anniversary celebration concludes and launches Kyoto Vision Thursday, November 8, 2012
- Gala performance by the Cuban National Ballet on the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention Tuesday, November 6, 2012
- Reflection and future perspectives mark World Heritage Convention’s 40th anniversary closing event in Kyoto, Japan Tuesday, November 6, 2012
- Closing celebration of World Heritage Convention’s 40th anniversary Monday, November 5, 2012
- The Africa region celebrates 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention Wednesday, October 31, 2012
- IUCN World Conservation Congress celebrates the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention and calls for maintaining the highest standards for World Heritage Tuesday, September 18, 2012
- American National Park Service (NPS) celebrates 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention Thursday, March 15, 2012
- UNESCO and Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock launch 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention Wednesday, February 1, 2012
- Statement of the United Nations Foundation in Support of the World Heritage Convention’s 40th Anniversary Monday, January 30, 2012
- World Heritage Convention turns forty Monday, January 30, 2012
- UNESCO kicks off 40th anniversary celebration of World Heritage Convention Monday, November 7, 2011
- The G-77 & China at UNESCO celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention Monday, November 7, 2011
- Tubbataha Reef Marine Park in the Philippines receives £13,540 from an auction organized by Jaeger-LeCoultre Friday, March 20, 2009
- International Donors’ Conference in support of the World Heritage in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), UNESCO, Paris, 13 - 17 September 2004 Tuesday, December 7, 2004
- First wave of new properties added to World Heritage List for 2004 Thursday, July 1, 2004
- Training Workshop: Information Technology for Natural Heritage Sites in the Arab Region, Tunis 2004 Monday, May 3, 2004