World Heritage Committee

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World Heritage Committee

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The World Heritage Committee, an intergovernmental body, was created by the World Heritage Convention. The Convention is an international treaty between member states of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It was adopted in November 1972, and ratified by 192 countries, including Canada, whose State Party representative is Parks Canada.


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The World Heritage Committee chooses sites around the world to be listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which includes the World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger. Each of these sites is deemed to possess a "cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance, and is legally protected by international treaties. The sites are judged important to the collective interests of humanity". ( The Committee also monitors those sites, defines the use of the World Heritage Fund, and allocates financial assistance, on the request of the Convention's member states.

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The Committee is made up of representatives from 21 of the Convention's State Parties to the Convention. These representatives are elected for terms of four to six years.

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