The World Heritage List

This page provides links to the UNESCO Database of Cultural Heritage Laws and 981 UNESCO World Heritage List properties that are protected under the terms of the 1972 World Heritage Convention. Before approving any DoD operation or undertaking, the Secretary of Defense or his designee in the OSD must: (1) take into account and have a procedure to determine whether the operation or undertaking will have an adverse effect to a UNESCO World Heritage List property; (2) give notice of such effect; and (3) consider alternatives to mitigate such effect, as required by the National Historic Preservation Act Amendments of 1980 (Public Law 95-919), under Title IV (“International Activities and World Heritage Convention”), Section 402.

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Disclaimer Relating to Host Nation Laws: It is the responsibility of each Member State to make available to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in the most accurate and up-to-date form possible, the laws in force, applicable import/export certificates, contact details for the competent national authorities and the full address of the official websites dealing with protection of the cultural heritage. In case any of this information changes, the Member State concerned will endeavor to provide UNESCO with the new version to enable UNESCO to update its website. It should be noted that the Database contains current cultural heritage laws submitted by UNESCO Member States. It may not, however, contain all earlier legislation and regulations on which a country may rely and which may have claimed ownership by the country of origin of cultural objects or regulated their export. Therefore, additional research or contact with the national authorities of the source country may be necessary to determine the legal status of specific objects.

To facilitate the use of the database of host nation laws, the UNESCO Secretariat has provided informal, unofficial translations where necessary of the titles of the laws submitted, simply in order to enable the identification of the subject matter of the law. These unofficial translations, preceded by “*”, may not be cited or reproduced.