World Heritage is cultural and natural heritage of Outstanding Universal Value to humanity. In simple terms it is a precious legacy for future generations to understand, appreciate and enjoy. World Heritage Sites are places of global significance, telling the story of our cultural evolution and natural beauty in our world. 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.
The establishment of UNESCO
Find out more about UNESCO's heritage mission, the World Heritage Convention and how it is managed