40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention

18 January 2012

International cooperation

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40e anniversaire de la Convention du patrimoine mondial

The Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage was adopted in 1972. This is a unique international treaty forging a link between the concepts of nature preservation and cultural heritage conservation and recognising the way in which humans interact with nature and the fundamental need to preserve the balance between the two. In 2012, exceptional events are being organised worldwide to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.

"World Heritage is a building block for peace and sustainable development. It is a source of identity and dignity for local communities, a wellspring of knowledge and strength to be shared. In 2012, as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, this message is more relevant than ever." - Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO 

On its website, the World Heritage Centre refers to the official launch of this 40th anniversary, offering interactive animation and a brochure to look back over 40 years of heritage preservation. 

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