The first time UNESCO came to the rescue of a unique
monument was when
Both proposals were
combined and finally the General Conference of UNESCO adopted The Convention
concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage on
In June 2009 890 properties were inscribed on the
list. These include 689
cultural, 176 natural and 25 mixed properties in 148 countries. Before a
property can be added to the list, a vigorous scrutiny takes place. A site has
to be of outstanding universal value and meet one of ten selection criteria.
Each of the 186 States Parties can submit a proposal to include a site on the
list. The sites are grouped in five geographical regions, based on the location
of the nominating country. This means for instance that the site of
The emblem of World Heritage was designed by the Belgian artist Michel Olyff, who also designed the emblem for International Book Year 1972. The emblem represents the interdependence of the world's natural and cultural diversity. The central square symbolizes the results of human skill and inspiration and the circle celebrates the gifts of nature. The emblem is round, like the world, a symbol of global protection for the heritage of all human kind.
The official World Heritage website from UNESCO.
Stamp catalogue - Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage
Stamp catalogue - World Heritage sites
Stamps depicting individual World Heritage sites can be found by choosing the country in which the site is located.
United Kingdom of Great
Britain and Northern Ireland (including