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The Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Thematic Group is engaged in a number of partnerships aiming at jointly developing new and innovative approaches to cultural heritage and development.  Such partnerships help coordinate and complement our actions.

Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs)


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Education, Social and Natural Science, Culture, and Communication are the means to a far more ambitious goal: to build peace in the minds of men.  

The World Heritage Center (WHC) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.   


The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and people to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. 


The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) is an institution with a worldwide mandate to promote the conservation of all types of cultural heritage, both movable and immovable.
 The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is a specialized agency of the United ‎Nations and the leading international organization in the field of tourism. It serves as a ‎global forum for tourism policy issues and a practical source of tourism know-how. 


The Inter American Development Bank (IDB) provides solutions to development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean, partnering with governments, companies and civil society organizations.

Professional Global Conservation Network Having the Role of Advisors to International Organizations

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges.


The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places. It is dedicated to promoting the application of theory, methodology, and scientific techniques to the conservation of the architectural and archaeological heritage.

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

The Aga Khan Trust For Culture (AKTC)focuses on the physical, social, cultural, and economic revitalization of communities in the Muslim world.
The Lestari Heritage Network (LHN) was formed for exchanging cultural information and technical expertise in the area of urban conservation.  
 The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) works internationally to advance conservation practice in the visual arts - broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and sites.
 The Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) is established to assist the management methods in relation to the specific requirements of having a site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 
 The World Monuments Fund (WMF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic art and architecture worldwide through fieldwork, advocacy, grant making, education, and training.  
 The World Monuments Watch (WMW), launched in 1996 and issued every two years, calls international attention to cultural heritage around the world that is threatened by neglect, vandalism, conflict, or disaster.   
The Center for Sustainable Destinations (CSD) of the National Geographic is dedicated to protecting all the world's distinctive places through wisely managed tourism and enlightened destination stewardship.
 The Rainforest Alliance (RA) works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.
 Conservation International (CI) believes that the Earth's natural heritage must be maintained if future generations are to thrive spiritually, culturally, and economically.


Global Heritage Fund (GHF) is a non-profit International Conservancy with the mission to save the earth’s most significant and endangered cultural heritage sites in developing countries. 

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