UNESCO’s update on climate action for World Heritage

December 5, 2023 Published by Alex McCoskrie

At their November General Assembly in Paris, UNESCO adopted an Updated Policy Document on climate action for World Heritage,.

The policy sets out a vision for the future where each State Party understands the current and future potential impacts of climate change on the OUV of their World Heritage Sites, and, still under the obligations of the World Heritage Convention, undertakes climate action in an effective, ambitious, cooperative and active way. 

WHSs will be expected to have taken concrete steps to identify climate risks impacting on the OUV of properties and have climate adaptation and mitigation strategies in place by the end of 2030. States Parties will also need to demonstrate measurable progress on monitoring of climate hazards, assessing and reducing climate risks and vulnerabilities of WHSs.

Click here to download a copy of the update.