The World Heritage Convention (the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage), adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO in 1972, aims to protect the world's universally important cultural, natural, and composite heritage from destruction or loss. 175 countries are parties to the convention as of September 28, 2002.
The World Heritage Committee, made up of 21 state parties, chiefly performs the following duties in order to accomplish the World Heritage Convention's objectives.
The 26th Session of the World Heritage Committee was held in Budapest, Hungary in 2002 to discuss these matters.
|Eleven properties in Japan are currently included on the World Heritage