Teaching Module: World Heritage Convention
Description: The World Heritage Convention is an international agreement between the member states of the United
Nations. The aim of the Convention is “to identify, protect, preserve, present and transmit to future generations cultural and natural heritage of outstanding universal value” (UNESCO World Heritage Convention, Article 4).
Accordingly, the international document defines what is meant by cultural and natural heritage. The Convention describes the criteria and procedures for designating cultural and natural sites as World Heritage Sites. It also explains which bodies are responsible for the nomination. The Convention also defines the rights and obligations of the World Heritage Titles for the so-called Contracting State.