The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, known as the World Heritage Convention, was adopted in 1972. To date it has been ratified by 193 states. It provides for a list of selected cultural and natural heritage sites that require protection due to their exceptional universal value.
Every year, an intergovernmental committee set up by UNESCO assesses the new sites to be included on the list. The World Heritage Centre – the permanent secretariat of the World Heritage Convention – is responsible for implementing the committee’s decisions.
World Heritage Sites in Germany
The list currently comprises 1,073 sites in 167 countries (as of February 2018). Forty-two of these sites are located in Germany, including the Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian Jura.