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The Next 50

World Heritage as a source of resilience,
humanity and innovation

The World Heritage

UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention was established in 1972 to safeguard exceptional heritage sites. When countries adopt the Convention, they pledge to protect heritage in their country and around the world. There are currently 1,154 sites on the World Heritage List.


45th session
of the World Heritage

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The Convention Timeline

50 Minds for the Next 50. Dialogue Series

Sustainable Tourism & Sustainable Heritage

Monday 20 June 2022, 15h00 - 17h00 (CEST)

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the heritage
against threats

Read the stories of Site Managers

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the next generation
of experts

Watch videos of the World Heritage sites

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the digital transformation

Take a virtual trip to World Heritage sites around the world through the online exhibits produced in UNESCO's collaboration with Google Arts & Culture.

Take a virtual tour

Passing on the knowledge

The creation process of World Heritage is remembered by historians and experts in the oral archive project.

Listen to interviews


Florence Conference
for The Next 50

November 2022

Call for Articles

Submit your proposal for an original article in the key thematic areas.

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Our Partners

Our partners provide expertise, equipment, financing and more, to safeguard our common heritage for years to come.

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