Who We Are

The Arab Regional Center for World Heritage (ARC-WH) is a Category 2 Center under the auspices of UNESCO. It was established on February 5 2010 as an autonomous and independent legal entity at the service of Arab States Parties to the World Heritage Convention.

As a non-profit organization under UNESCO, the ARC-WH serves 19 Arab countries towards the promotion and management of cultural and natural sites by providing international expertise and reinforcing the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention. The Centre provides information, assistance, logistics and financial support to further protect and promote cultural heritage in the region.

Our Cause

Strengthen the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention in the Arab States Region, by strengthening application of the decisions and recommendations of the World Heritage Committee for the benefit of World Heritage properties in the region.

About Us


Since the World Heritage Convention was adopted in 1972, the World Heritage List has continually evolved and is growing steadily. With this growth, a critical need has emerged for guidance for States Parties on the implementation of the Convention.

Various expert meetings and results of Periodic Reporting have identified the need for more focused training and capacity development in specific areas where States Parties and World Heritage site managers require greater support. The development of a series of World Heritage Resource Manuals is a response to this need.


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