Legislative instrument details: World Heritage Convention / WHC

Legal name Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage
Short name World Heritage Convention / WHC
CELEX reference
Identification number
Issued by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
URL to issuer http://www.unesco.org
Parent legislative instrument
Valid from 17/12/1975
Abstract The World Heritage Convention recognises that parts of the cultural and/or natural heritage are of outstanding interest and should be preserved as part of the world heritage of mankind as a whole. Its primary mission is to define and conserve this heritage, by drawing up a list of sites of outstanding value and to ensure their protection through a closer co-operation among nations. By signing the Convention, each country pledges to conserve the sites situated on its territory, some of which may be recognised as World Heritage. Their preservation for future generations then becomes a responsibility shared by the international community as a whole.
Reporting framework
Reporting obligations
EC entry into force
EC accession
Convention secretariat UNESCO World Heritage Centre (in Paris, France)