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History of the World Heritage Convention of UNESCO 1972-2000

Christina Cameron and Mechtild Rössler, «Many Voices, One Vision: the Early Years of the World Heritage Convention», published in 2013 by Ashgate.

This research project studies the creation, evolution and impact of the World Heritage Convention of UNESCO (1972).  As an international instrument for solidarity and cooperative conservation, the Convention has global influence because it has been adopted by almost all countries in the world. Research is based on a broad range of published sources, UNESCO archives and the oral archives of the Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage. It examines the World Heritage system and its global impact through diverse prisms, including its normative frameworks, constituent bodies, programme activities, personalities and key issues of conservation. The research concentrates on the period between 1972 and 2000 because implementation of the World Heritage Convention during these years provides a foil for understanding the contemporary notion of heritage on an international scale.

Research team: Christina Cameron, Mechtild Rössler, Herb Stovel, Myriam St-Denis, Roha Khalaf, Judith Herrmann, Sarah Youngblutt, Ève Wertheimer