UNESCO World Heritage

UNESCO World Heritage Sites are areas of Outstanding Universal Value and belong to all the people of the world

UNESCO World Heritage Sites are areas of Outstanding Universal Value and belong to all the people of the world

They belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located. As a result, they are intended to promote peace and intercultural understanding as well as collective responsibility for the protection of our shared cultural and natural heritage.

The UNESCO World Heritage Centre based in Paris is the global focal point for the world’s 1073 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The World Heritage Committee, which is responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention meets annually.

All UK UNESCO World Heritage Sites are represented by World Heritage UK, a networking and advocacy group for UK UNESCO World Heritage Sites which, with the support of UKNC, aims to raise the profile of World Heritage at home and abroad and provide support to current and prospective World Heritage Sites. The UK and its Overseas Territories’ 31 UNESCO World Heritage Sites are the ultimate responsibility of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. DCMS also manages the process to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UK.

See the video above which provides an introduction to the UK’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The video was produced for the 30th Anniversary of UK UNESCO World Heritage Sites by Historic England in partnership with the UK National Commission for UNESCO, ICOMOS-UK and World Heritage UK.

Wider Value to the UK

Did you know that the UK's World Heritage Sites generated an estimated £85 million from April 2014 to March 2015 through their association with the global network. Source: Wider Value of UNESCO to the UK

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