The World Heritage Convention celebrates its 50th anniversary!

YT Thumbnail ENAs the main international organisation dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage, ICOMOS was designated from the outset as an advisory organisation to the World Heritage Committee. In this dual capacity, we have been putting the experience, skills and commitment of our Committees and members around the world – both at the national and international levels – at the service of the World Heritage Convention for 50 years. 


With over 1150 sites inscribed to date in more than 160 countries, representing the greatest natural and cultural treasures of humanity, the success of the World Heritage List goes far beyond the initial ambition of its founders. Beyond the sites inscribed, the Convention has proven to be an extraordinarily powerful tool to serve the cause of heritage and strengthen its protection.

ICOMOS is engaged with global reflections to develop strategies on how World Heritage can respond to global challenges and build more resilient and sustainable human development.
Our networks are mobilised and always ready to discuss conservation issues; setting common ground and tools to develop a contemporary, inclusive, resilient, sustainable and participative management and conservation of World Heritage Properties.

May the discussions of today and tomorrow help ensure the protection and sustainable conservation of World Heritage of the next 50.

Watch the speech of ICOMOS President, Teresa Patricio

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See also 

Picto doigtEvents celebrating 50 years of WHC  
Picto doigtThe next 50 (UNESCO website)

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