The World Heritage Convention

The Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage was adopted in 1972. Its aim is to preserve globally unique cultural and natural properties of outstanding universal value as world heritage of mankind as a whole. The World Heritage Convention, signed by 191 states to date, is the most internationally important and most successful instrument for the protection of cultural and natural heritage ever agreed by the international community. The sites are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, which currently includes 1031 natural and cultural sites worldwide (as of June 2015).