UNESCO - The World Heritage List
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The World Heritage Committee has inscribed the following properties on the World Heritage List:
1998 Flemish Béguinages
1998 The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainault)
Belgium - Brussels: Grote Markt - Guild houses - Unesco world heritage site (photo by M.Torres) 1998 Grand-Place, Brussels
Belgium - Antwerpen / Anvers (Flanders / Vlaanderen): Gothic belfry at the Cathedral of Our Lady / Onze Lieve Vrouwekathedraal - Belfries of Flanders and Wallonia - Unesco world heritage site (photo by M.Torres) 1999 Belfries of Flanders and Wallonia
Brugge (Flanders / Vlaanderen - West-Vlaanderen province): nocturnal - Unesco world heritage site (photo by M.Bergsma) 2000 Historic Centre of Brugge
2000 Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta (Brussels)
2000 Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons)
2000 Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
2005 Plantin-Moretus House–Workshops–Museum Complex

The World Heritage List was established under terms of The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage adopted in November 1972 at the 17th General Conference of UNESCO.
The Convention states that a World Heritage Committee "will establish, keep up-to-date and publish" a World Heritage List of cultural and natural properties, submitted by the States Parties and considered to be of outstanding universal value.
One of the main responsibilities of this Committee is to provide technical co-operation under the World Heritage Fund for the safeguarding of World Heritage properties to States Parties whose resources are insufficient.
States Parties can request international assistance under the Fund for the preparation of tentative lists and nomination forms, expert missions, training of specialized staff, and supply of equipment when appropriate; they can also apply for long-term loans and, in special cases, non-repayable grants. Requests must concern work necessary for the preservation of cultural or natural sites included in the World Heritage List or assistance to national or regional training centres.
Emergency assistance is also available under the Fund in the case of properties severely damaged by specific natural or man-made disasters or threatened with imminent destruction.

source: www.unesco.org

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