The World Heritage Convention will celebrate its 50th anniversary in November 2022!

50th Anniversary LOGO finalWith over 1100 sites inscribed to date in more than 150 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.

As the main international organization dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage, ICOMOS was designated from the outset as an advisory organization 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. 

ICOMOS encourages its Committees and Working Groups to inform us of any events planned to celebrate this anniversary: all relevant information can be sent to calendrier[at]

Here's the list of future and past events organised by ICOMOS National and International Scientific Committees and Working Groups in honour of this important milestone.


DIÁLOGO: La gestión de los Sitios Patrimonio Mundial.
Experiencias, aprendizaje y desafíos a 50 años de la Convención

31 May 2022Webinar
by ICOMOS Chile


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Revival after a disaster. Restoration of Notre-Dame of Paris Cathedral and of the Shuri-jô castle
 14-15 March 2022International symposium
Paris, France & Online
by ICOMOS France and Kyūshū University, CNRS
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BecomingWorldHeritage ENBecoming World Heritage 50 years on: the role of rights and communities
30 June 2022 | Webinar
by ICOMOS OCD-RBA Working Group
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50 years of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. Achievements and Challenges in Europe
 9–10 June 2022International conference
Kraków, Poland & Online
by ICOMOS Poland & the International Cultural Centre


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ICAHM Annual Meeting - The World Heritage Convention at 50: Evolution and influence on Archaeological Heritage Management since 1972
08-10 December 2022 | 2 day Conference and Excursion
Royal Irish Academy, Dublin
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 Whats News

'What's News?' Special Edition
Monthly Newsletter
by ICOMOS Emerging Professional Working Group for the Africa Region
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World Heritage at 50 LinkedIn

"World Heritage at 50: A Symposium on the Past, Present and Future of the World Heritage Convention in the United States and Around the World"
20-21 October 2022 | International Symposium
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50Years WHC ICOMOS MKD Forum Poster ENG

"50 years of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention: International Standards in a National Context"
17 November 2022 | International Forum
Hybrid event
by ICOMOS Macedonia



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