The World Heritage Convention, created in 1972, is one of the most important global conservation instruments and has almost universal adoption amongst the nations of the world. The Convention embodies a visionary idea – that some places of Outstanding Universal Value are so important that their protection is not only the responsibility of a single national, but is also the duty of the international community as a whole; and not only for this generation, but for all those to come.

You can get involved in the conservation of these sites by raising awareness of their importance and by submitting information on their state of conservation to

To participate in IUCN’s annual World Heritage consultation process, please download our IUCN World Heritage Consultation Forms (see box)and see the list of State of Conservation Reports.

To register for the next World Heritage Committee in St.Petersburg in June/July 2012, please write to the Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre at:

The World Heritage Centre
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
7, place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07 SP, France

The deadline for registration is end May 2012.

If you would like to receive IUCN’s quarterly newsletter on natural and mixed World Heritage Sites, please also also contact us at