Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

US National Park Service and World Heritage

  • Phyllis M. Ellin
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_1949


In the United States of America, the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks has responsibility for directing and coordinating participation in the World Heritage Convention. The National Park Service’s Office of International Affairs provides technical staff support to the Assistant Secretary in this regard (Public Law 96-515; 16 U.S.C. 470 et seq.; 36CFR73). This work includes coordinating preparation of US nominations to the World Heritage List (which are submitted through the US Department of State), maintenance and updating of the US World Heritage Tentative List, submission of periodic reports on the condition of World Heritage sites in the United States to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, providing information and assistance to the public and to site representatives, and contributing to the United States’ positions on matters of World Heritage policy, in coordination with the State Department. The Office of International Affairs also...

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  1. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 36, Volume 1, Part 73, World Heritage Convention. (July 1, 2007).Google Scholar
  2. National Park Service. 1980. National Historic Preservation Act, Public Law 96-515; 16 U.S.C. 470 et seq.Google Scholar
  3. - 2008. World heritage in the United States of America: The U.S. tentative list. Available at http://www.nps.gov/oia/topics/worldheritage/TL_portfolio.pdf.

Further Reading

  1. UNESCO. 2008. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage: operational guidelines for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention. Paris: UNESCO.Google Scholar
  2. - 2010. World Heritage Committee 34th session decisions. Available at http://whc.unesco.org/en/sessions/34COM.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Office of International AffairsUS National Park ServiceWashingtonUSA