Posted 11 July, 2013 by Stuart Torres in Heritage

Mission and Vision of World Heritage


The action criteria for World Heritage Delegation based on World Heritage Convention, adopted at the sixteenth session of the UNESCO General Conference, held in 1972, whose objectives are to protect, conserve, preserve and transmit cultural and natural heritage of outstanding universal value for future generations.

The Delegation is responsible for coordinating the issues of World Heritage DG Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Guatemala. And directing its efforts towards protecting, conservation, preservation and transmission of cultural and natural heritage of outstanding universal value from Guatemala.


Guatemalans know and respect our cultural and natural heritage. We know protection rules, conservation and preservation of the same. We recognize our heritage of extraordinary value; collaborate with their protection, conservation and preservation. We take care of transmitting the values ​​of respect and care for future generations and we distinguish between the nations of the world for our communication strategies to convey to future generations the values ​​of care and respect for our cultural and natural heritage.


General: Encourage awareness of cultural heritage in the Guatemalan, and hence, promote conservation interest.

Specific: Reaching into a long-term cultural value recognizable identity.
Generate greater awareness in the public cultural heritage has Guatemala.
Perform through a Strategic Planning, a program of non-formal education to support the community of La Antigua Guatemala
Collaborate with other national and / or international, who are interested in developing cultural projects.
Raise awareness Sacatepéquez residents about the importance of preserving its tangible and intangible, as part of his legacy.
Facilitate the link between the past and present of a historic building, to ensure ownership of the assets in the community.
Global Strategy

In 1994, the World Heritage Committee launched the Global Strategy for a balanced, representative and credible World Heritage List. It aims to ensure that the list reflects the world's cultural and natural diversity of outstanding universal value.

Twenty years after the adoption of the Convention of 1972 Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage, List of World Heritage lack of balance in the type of properties and geographical areas of the world were represented. Between 410 goods, 304 are cultural sites and only 90 are natural and 16 mixed, while the vast majority are in developed regions of the world, especially in Europe. This section includes the objectives of the Global Strategy, analyzing the need, ongoing efforts and conferences and studies.

The objectives of the Global Strategy

With the adoption of the Global Strategy, World Heritage Committee wanted to expand the definition of World Heritage to better reflect the full spectrum of our world cultural and natural treasures and provide a framework and operational methodology for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.

This new vision goes beyond the narrow definitions of heritage and strives to recognize and protect sites that are outstanding demonstrations of human coexistence with the land, and human interactions, cultural coexistence, spirituality and creative expression.
Crucial for the Global Strategy are efforts to encourage countries to become States Parties to the Convention, to prepare and prepare tentative lists of nominations submitted by categories and regions currently not well represented on the World Heritage List.


A global study carried out by ICOMOS 1987 a 1993 revealed that Europe, the historical and religious monuments, Christianity, historical periods and “elitist” architecture (in relation to the native) were all over-represented on the World Heritage List and, all living cultures and, en particular, “traditional cultures', are underrepresented.

At its 28th session in 2004, the World Heritage Committee reviewed more recent studies from the List of World Heritage lists prepared by ICOMOS and IUCN. Both analyzes were carried out at regional level, Chronological, geographical and thematic basis “in order to assess the progress of the Global Strategy.

ICOMOS 'study revealed that the reasons for the gaps in the World Heritage List are divided into two main categories: structural – concerning the designation of World Heritage, and for the management and protection of cultural; and qualitative – relating to the shape properties are identified, assessed and evaluated.

The IUCN study noted that currently natural and mixed sites inscribed on the World Heritage List cover almost all regions and habitats in the world with a relatively even distribution. However, there are still significant gaps in the World Heritage List of natural areas, such as: tropical and temperate grasslands, savannas, lake systems, tundra and polar systems, Winter and cold deserts.

Ongoing efforts

Since the launch of the Global Strategy, 39 countries have ratified the World Heritage Convention, many small Pacific island states, Eastern Europe, Africa and Arab States.

The number of countries around the world that have signed the World Heritage Convention in the course of the last ten years has increased 139 a 178. The number of States Parties that have submitted lists complying with the format established by the Commission has grown 33 a 132. New categories of World Heritage sites have also been promoted, such as the categories of cultural landscapes, itineraries, industrial heritage, deserts, coastal areas, marine and small island sites.

Major conferences and thematic studies aimed at implementing the Global Strategy, have been held in Africa, Pacific and Andean subregions, Arabic and the Caribbean, Central Asia and South Asia. These studies focused well have become important guidelines for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention in those regions.

In an effort to further increase the underrepresented categories of sites to improve geographic coverage, World Heritage Committee has decided to limit the number of proposals that can be provided by each State Party and the number of applications to be considered during its session.

The World Heritage Committee works in collaboration with the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention, and its three advisory bodies: ICOMOS, IUCN and ICCROM, in order to make greater efforts in diversifying the World Heritage List and make it truly balanced and representative of the world heritage.

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