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					The World Heritage Sites in India recognized by the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are 28, as of 2010.[1] These are places
of importance of cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage
Convention, established in 1972.[2] The Convention concerning the protection of the
World Cultural and Natural Heritage was adopted on 17 November 1997 following the
General Conference of the UNESCO held from 17 October 1972 to 21 November 1972.
The Convention is defined under 28 Articles. Broadly, the Cultural Heritage Sites are
defined in Article 1 as monuments, groups of buildings and sites, while the natural sites
defined under Article 2 refer to natural features, geological and physiographical
formations and natural sites. As of date, there are 911 properties under the World
Heritage List, which cover 711 cultural sites, 180 natural sites and 27 mixed properties
encompassing 152 countries, including India.[3] Countries who have signed the
Convention are 187 States, including India, which signed the Convention on November
14, 1977.[4]

India’s first two sites inscribed on the list at the Seventh Session of the World Heritage
held in 1983 were the Agra Fort and the Ajanta Caves. Over the years, 26 more sites have
been inscribed, the latest site inscribed in 2010 being the Jantar Mantar, Jaipur. Of these
28 sites, 23 are cultural sites and the other five are natural sites. A tentative list of further
sites/properties submitted by India for recognition includes 30 sites

				
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