UNESCO defines cultural heritage as encompassing: tangible heritage, such as monuments, sculptures, archeological sites and manuscripts; intangible heritage such as oral traditions, performing arts and rituals; and natural heritage, such as cultural landscapes, physical, biological or geological formations etc. 
The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage was adopted by UNESCO in 1972 and has been signed by 187 States. Also known as the World Heritage Convention, it defines the kind of natural or cultural sites which can be considered for inscription on the World Heritage List. There are currently 936 properties on the World Heritage List, 725 cultural, 183 natural and 28 mixed.
Cultural Heritage and Progress
In 2005, the Council of Europe adopted the Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society to “put people and human values at the centre of an enlarged and cross-disciplinary concept of cultural heritage” and recognise “the value and potential of cultural heritage wisely used as a resource for sustainable development and quality of life in a constantly evolving society”.
- Council of Europe – Directorate of Culture, Culture and Natural Heritage
- UNESCO – Cultural Heritage Portal
- UNESCO – World Heritage Centre
- The World Bank – Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism
- Cultural Heritage Search Engine
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