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World Heritage


Snow-covered mountains

Yosemite National Park

The U.S. was the first signatory of the 1972 UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, which supports the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage worldwide that is considered to be of "outstanding value to humanity."

The U.S. Mission works with the UNESCO Secretariat and member states to promote better management of the World Heritage Centre.  The United States also demonstrates its commitment to cultural preservation by working closely with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of State's Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation.