What is the World Heritage Convention?

The World Heritage Convention with the full title as “Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage” was adopted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference at its 17th session in Paris on 16 November 1972. The Convention clarifies the definition of the cultural heritage and natural heritage, and the national protection and international protection of the cultural and natural heritage. The Convention also stipulates that each contracting state can determine the cultural and natural heritage in its territory and submits its heritage list to the World Heritage Committee for approval. For all the sites that have been included as the world cultural and natural heritage, will be protected by the law of the host countries. China became the member of the Convention in 1985.