UNESCO: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization





  • © UNESCO/ Niamh Burke
  • The Parthenon, Athens

Greece is represented on the World Heritage List by fifteen cultural and two mixed sites and has presented a varied Tentative List. The sites are closely monitored for accidents and the adverse effects of meteorological conditions on their conservation.

Greece demonstrated its interest in heritage management by creating the Melina Mercouri Prize in collaboration with UNESCO. Awarded every two years, this prize reward outstanding examples of action to safeguard and enhance the world’s major cultural landscapes

Greece contributed to the restoration of the National Museum in Kabul Museum and other Afghan heritage sites.

The fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural property is a matter of great concern of Greece, which was a member of the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin from 2003 to 2007.

Greece decided to strengthen its cooperation with UNESCO in the field of cultural by ratifying in January 2007 the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage as well as the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

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