Established in 2012 as a Category 2 Centre under the auspices of UNESCO, the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH) assists 19 Arab States Parties in the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention.

Vision & Mission

To reinforce the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention in the Arab States Region. Acting as a relay to the World Heritage Centre, ARC-WH contributes to the protection and promotion of cultural and natural heritage sites in the region.

Our Objectives

  • Redress imbalances and improve the representation of the Arab States properties on the World Heritage List.
  • Create a network of local and regional experts in the region.
  • Mobilize regional and international financial support for the preservation of properties.
  • Increase and promote awareness of World Heritage in the region.
  • Disseminate information, initiatives and programmes concerned with the World Heritage Convention.

ARC-WH Function

  • Assist Arab States implementing the World Heritage Convention.
  • Disseminate and share knowledge related to the safeguarding of cultural and natural World Heritage sites.
  • Increase the capacity building of stakeholders by conducting workshops and training programmes.
  • Raise funds to support World Heritage activities in the region.
  • Actively involve local communities in the safeguarding of World Heritage Sites.

ICOMOS

The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is a non-governmental organization with headquarters in Paris, France. Founded in 1965, its role is to promote the application of theory, methodology and scientific techniques to the conservation of the architectural and archaeological heritage. Its work is based on the principles of the 1964 International Charter on the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites (the Venice Charter).

The specific role of ICOMOS in relation to the Convention includes: evaluation of properties nominated for inscription on the World Heritage List, monitoring the state of conservation of World Heritage cultural properties, reviewing requests for International Assistance submitted by States Parties, and providing input and support for capacity- building activities.

IUCN

The World Conservation Union (formerly the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) was founded in 1948 and brings together national governments, NGOs, and scientists in a worldwide partnership. Its mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. IUCN has its headquarters in Gland, Switzerland.

The specific role of IUCN in relation to the Convention includes: evaluation of properties nominated for inscription on the World Heritage List, monitoring the state of conservation of World Heritage natural properties, reviewing requests for International Assistance submitted by States Parties, and providing input and support for capacity- building activities.

ICCROM

The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property is an international intergovernmental organization. Established by UNESCO in 1956, with headquarters in Rome, Italy. ICCROM’s statutory functions are to carry out research, documentation, technical assistance, training and public awareness programmes to strengthen conservation of immovable and moveable cultural heritage. ICCROM also provides also expert advice on how to conserve listed properties, as well as training in restoration techniques.

The specific role of ICCROM in relation to the Convention includes: being the priority partner in training for cultural heritage, monitoring the state of conservation of World Heritage cultural properties, reviewing requests for International Assistance submitted by States Parties, and providing input and support for capacity-building activities.