Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live
with today, and what we pass on to future
generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are
both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.
Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East
Africa’s Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great
Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals
of Latin America make up our world’s heritage.
What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional
is its universal application. World Heritage sites
belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective
of the territory on which they are located.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage
the identification, protection and preservation of
cultural and natural heritage around the world
considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.
This is embodied in an international treaty called
the Convention concerning the Protection of the
World Cultural and Natural Heritage , adopted by
UNESCO in 1972.