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States Parties are countries which have adhered to the World Heritage Convention.They thereby agree to identify and nominate properties on their national territory to be considered for inscription on the World Heritage List. When a State Party nominates a property, it gives details of how a property is protected and provides a management plan for its upkeep. States Parties are also expected to protect the World Heritage values of the properties inscribed and are encouraged to report periodically on their condition.

195 States Parties to the Convention as of 18-Aug-2023

Ratification Status

State Party Date Type of instrument
Afghanistan 20/03/1979 R
Albania 10/07/1989 R
Algeria 24/06/1974 R
Andorra 03/01/1997 Ac
Angola 07/11/1991 R
Antigua and Barbuda 01/11/1983 Ac
Argentina 23/08/1978 Ac
Armenia 05/09/1993 S
Australia 22/08/1974 R
Austria 18/12/1992 R
Azerbaijan 16/12/1993 R
Bahamas 15/05/2014 R
Bahrain 28/05/1991 R
Bangladesh 03/08/1983 Ac
Barbados 09/04/2002 Ac
Belarus 12/10/1988 R
Belgium 24/07/1996 R
Belize 06/11/1990 R
Benin 14/06/1982 R
Bhutan 22/10/2001 R
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) 04/10/1976 R
Bosnia and Herzegovina 12/07/1993 S
Botswana 23/11/1998 Ac
Brazil 01/09/1977 Ac
Brunei Darussalam 12/08/2011 R
Bulgaria 07/03/1974 Ac
Burkina Faso 02/04/1987 R
Burundi 19/05/1982 R
Cabo Verde 2 28/04/1988 Ac
Cambodia 28/11/1991 Ac
Cameroon 07/12/1982 R
Canada 23/07/1976 Ac
Central African Republic 22/12/1980 R
Chad 23/06/1999 R
Chile 20/02/1980 R
China 12/12/1985 R
Colombia 24/05/1983 Ac
Comoros 27/09/2000 R
Congo 10/12/1987 R
Cook Islands 16/01/2009 R
Costa Rica 23/08/1977 R
Côte d'Ivoire 09/01/1981 R
Croatia 06/07/1992 S
Cuba 24/03/1981 R
Cyprus 14/08/1975 Ac
Czechia 3 26/03/1993 S
Democratic People's Republic of Korea 21/07/1998 Ac
Democratic Republic of the Congo 23/09/1974 R
Denmark 25/07/1979 R
Djibouti 30/08/2007 R
Dominica 04/04/1995 R
Dominican Republic 12/02/1985 R
Ecuador 16/06/1975 Ac
Egypt 07/02/1974 R
El Salvador 08/10/1991 Ac
Equatorial Guinea 10/03/2010 R
Eritrea 24/10/2001 Ac
Estonia 27/10/1995 R
Eswatini 4 30/11/2005 R
Ethiopia 06/07/1977 R
Fiji 21/11/1990 R
Finland 04/03/1987 R
France 27/06/1975 Ac
Gabon 30/12/1986 R
Gambia 01/07/1987 R
Georgia 04/11/1992 S
Germany 5 23/08/1976 R
Ghana 04/07/1975 R
Greece 17/07/1981 R
Grenada 13/08/1998 Ac
Guatemala 16/01/1979 R
Guinea 18/03/1979 R
Guinea-Bissau 28/01/2006 R
Guyana 20/06/1977 Ac
Haiti 18/01/1980 R
Holy See 07/10/1982 A
Honduras 08/06/1979 R
Hungary 15/07/1985 Ac
Iceland 19/12/1995 R
India 14/11/1977 R
Indonesia 06/07/1989 Ac
Iran (Islamic Republic of) 26/02/1975 Ac
Iraq 05/03/1974 Ac
Ireland 16/09/1991 R
Israel 06/10/1999 Ac
Italy 23/06/1978 R
Jamaica 14/06/1983 Ac
Japan 30/06/1992 Ac
Jordan 05/05/1975 R
Kazakhstan 29/04/1994 Ac
Kenya 05/06/1991 Ac
Kiribati 12/05/2000 Ac
Kuwait 06/06/2002 R
Kyrgyzstan 03/07/1995 Ac
Lao People's Democratic Republic 20/03/1987 R
Latvia 10/01/1995 Ac
Lebanon 03/02/1983 R
Lesotho 25/11/2003 Ac
Liberia 28/03/2002 Ac
Libya 6 13/10/1978 R
Lithuania 31/03/1992 Ac
Luxembourg 28/09/1983 R
Madagascar 19/07/1983 R
Malawi 05/01/1982 R
Malaysia 07/12/1988 R
Maldives 22/05/1986 Ac
Mali 05/04/1977 Ac
Malta 14/11/1978 Ac
Marshall Islands 24/04/2002 Ac
Mauritania 02/03/1981 R
Mauritius 19/09/1995 R
Mexico 23/02/1984 Ac
Micronesia (Federated States of) 22/07/2002 Ac
Monaco 07/11/1978 R
Mongolia 02/02/1990 Ac
Montenegro 03/06/2006 S
Morocco 28/10/1975 R
Mozambique 27/11/1982 R
Myanmar 29/04/1994 Ac
Namibia 06/04/2000 Ac
Nepal 20/06/1978 Ac
Netherlands (Kingdom of the) 7 26/08/1992 Ac
New Zealand 22/11/1984 R
Nicaragua 17/12/1979 Ac
Niger 23/12/1974 Ac
Nigeria 23/10/1974 R
Niue 23/01/2001 Ac
North Macedonia 8 30/04/1997 S
Norway 12/05/1977 R
Oman 06/10/1981 Ac
Pakistan 23/07/1976 R
Palau 11/06/2002 Ac
Panama 03/03/1978 R
Papua New Guinea 28/07/1997 Ac
Paraguay 27/04/1988 R
Peru 24/02/1982 R
Philippines 19/09/1985 R
Poland 29/06/1976 R
Portugal 30/09/1980 R
Qatar 12/09/1984 Ac
Republic of Korea 14/09/1988 Ac
Republic of Moldova 23/09/2002 R
Romania 16/05/1990 Ac
Russian Federation 9 12/10/1988 R
Rwanda 28/12/2000 Ac
Saint Kitts and Nevis 10/07/1986 Ac
Saint Lucia 14/10/1991 R
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 03/02/2003 R
Samoa 28/08/2001 Ac
San Marino 18/10/1991 R
Sao Tome and Principe 25/07/2006 R
Saudi Arabia 07/08/1978 Ac
Senegal 13/02/1976 R
Serbia 11/09/2001 S
Seychelles 09/04/1980 Ac
Sierra Leone 07/01/2005 R
Singapore 19/06/2012 R
Slovakia 31/03/1993 S
Slovenia 05/11/1992 S
Solomon Islands 10/06/1992 A
Somalia 23/07/2020 R
South Africa 10/07/1997 R
South Sudan 09/03/2016 R
Spain 04/05/1982 Ac
Sri Lanka 06/06/1980 Ac
State of Palestine 08/12/2011 R
Sudan 06/06/1974 R
Suriname 23/10/1997 Ac
Sweden 22/01/1985 R
Switzerland 17/09/1975 R
Syrian Arab Republic 13/08/1975 Ac
Tajikistan 28/08/1992 S
Thailand 17/09/1987 Ac
Timor-Leste 31/10/2016 R
Togo 15/04/1998 Ac
Tonga 30/04/2004 Ac
Trinidad and Tobago 16/02/2005 R
Tunisia 10/03/1975 R
Türkiye 10 16/03/1983 R
Turkmenistan 30/09/1994 S
Tuvalu 18/05/2023 R
Uganda 20/11/1987 Ac
Ukraine 12/10/1988 R
United Arab Emirates 11/05/2001 A
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 29/05/1984 R
United Republic of Tanzania 02/08/1977 R
United States of America 07/12/1973 R
Uruguay 09/03/1989 Ac
Uzbekistan 13/01/1993 S
Vanuatu 13/06/2002 R
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 30/10/1990 Ac
Viet Nam 19/10/1987 Ac
Yemen 11 07/10/1980 R
Zambia 04/06/1984 R
Zimbabwe 16/08/1982 R

Date of deposit of ratification (R), acceptance (Ac), accession (A) or of the notification of succession (S)1

The symbol ** designates those States for whom, in accordance with Article 33, the Convention has not yet entered into force.
  1. This Convention entered into force on 17 December 1975. It subsequently entered into force for each State three months after the date of deposit of that State's instrument, except in cases of declarations of succession (indicated by the letter (S)), where the entry into force occurred on the date on which the State assumed responsibility for conducting its international relations.
  2. 25 Octobre 2013, change of country name
  3. Effective date for the short official name: 17 May 2016; Pronunciation: "CHECK-iya"
  4. Further to the communication dated 30 May 2018 from the permanent mission addressed to the Protocol and Liaison Service, the country name was changed from the former name of the Kingdom of Swaziland (former short form: Swaziland). Effective date: 19 April 2018.
  5. Through the accession of the German Democratic Republic to the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany, with effect from 3 October 1990, the two German States have united to form one Sovereign State. The Contracting Parties to the Unification Treaty "have agreed that the treaties and agreements to which the Federal Republic of Germany is a contracting party ... remain in force and that their respective rights and obligations ... be applied" to the whole territory of Germany. The German Democratic Republic acceeded to this Convention on 12 December 1988.
  6. On 16 September 2011, the National Transitional Council requested, via the Protocol and Liaison Service, that the form "Libya", previously not in use at the UN, replace both the earlier official and short forms (respectively, the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (the)).
  7. With an extension to Curaçao.
  8. Further to the communication dated 14 February 2019 from the permanent mission addressed to the Protocol and Liaison Service in line with the Final Agreement for the Settlement of the Differences as Described in the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 817 (1993) and 845 (1993), the Termination of the Interim Accord of 1995, and the Establishment of a Strategic Partnership between the Parties. Effective date: 14 February 2019.
  9. The instrument of ratification was deposited by the U.S.S.R., on 12 October 1988.
  10. Further to the communication dated 31 May 2022 from the permanent mission addressed to the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the country name was changed from the former name of the Republic of Turkey (former short form: Turkey), with immediate effect.
  11. The unification of the Yemen Arab Republic and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen into a single Sovereign State, the Republic of Yemen, was proclaimed on 22 May 1990.

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