State Party & Government
- for sustainable development
There are currently 194 States Parties to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention (1972). Besides nominating sites onto the World Heritage List and carrying the overall responsibility for implementing the Convention concerning management and protection of these sites, States Parties and their governments are called to ensure the relevance of World Heritage in a sustainable development perspective.
There is a global and collective urgency to decarbonise travel and tourism as well as to support the sustainable recovery of tourism dependent communities suffering under global travel restrictions. Besides the focus on how to rebuild the tourism sector post Covid-19 (Policy Brief on Covid-19 and transforming Tourism, August 2020), States Parties and their concerned government organisations should be equally if not more concerned about how to strengthen the resilience, adaptive and transformative capacity of communities and stakeholders towards future disruptions associated with biodiversity loss and climate change.
States Parties and their governments are entrusted a number of responsibilities set out through World Heritage policies. Specifically relevant are thePolicy guidelines defining the relationship between World Heritage and sustainable tourism (UNESCO, 2010) and Policy for the integration of a sustainable development perspective into the processes of the World Heritage Convention (UNESCO, 2015).
World Heritage Catalysis seeks to help States Parties back communities in processes that concerns the use of natural and cultural heritage commons in the development and implementation of strategies of relevance to their future. It seeks to serve as a platform supporting Focal Points site management authorities in local as well as national efforts concerning tourism development and visitor management.
Below are examples of relevant products, services and projects availed through the Hub Store.
As governments may be prevented from signing up for membership plans, the following alternatives are costed as services that may be renewed (or not). It will also be possible for government stakeholders to purchase resources directly from the Hub Store. Alternative arrangements can also be made to serve specific needs and budgets.