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PANEL 4 Safeguarding the WorldÕs Cultural and Natural Heritage

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Chapter Summary

This chapter has three sections covering: (1) evolution from cultural property to cultural heritage; (2) UNESCO and intangible cultural heritage from the viewpoint of sustainable development; and (3) protection of natural heritage. The first section traces the origins of norms for the protection of cultural objects in international law, and discusses the development of the concept of 'cultural property' in UNESCO's norm-setting activity. The second section introduces the manner in which development has gradually embraced culture, focuses on UNESCO's action in this regard, and analyzes how and why culture is important for development. The innovation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention was to bring the natural environment under the wider category of 'world heritage' and to express the intergenerational obligation of conservation and transmission.

Keywords: intangible cultural heritage; sustainable development; UNESCO; World Heritage Convention



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