Normative Action - Heritage
UNESCO's normative action in the field of heritage is two-fold:
International level: elaborate international instruments (Conventions, Recommendations and Declarations) to strengthen protection of cultural heritage.
To learn more about UNESCO's actions and Conventions for the protection of:
- Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003)
- Underwater Cultural Heritage (2001)
- World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972)
- Cultural Property: its Illicit Trafficking and Restitution (1954, 1970 and 1995)
- Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation
- Cultural Heritage and War (1954 and 1999)
A new Declaration was adopted on Cultural Heritage and its Intentional Destruction (2003).
National level: UNESCO also assists Member States, on their request and within UNESCO programmes and resources, in the elaboration and implementation of adequate national legislation for an effective protection of their cultural heritage.Back to top