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Directorate for Cultural Heritage

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Conventions are internationally binding agreements between countries or international organisations. They are important tools in the work of safeguarding the world’s natural and cultural heritage.

Conventions in the cultural heritage area oblige the state parties to preserve national historical buildings, monuments and sites, for example through protection, restrictions on trade or special measures in the event of armed conflict. The Directorate for Cultural Heritage follows up the requirements in the conventions and helps other countries to do the same.

A number of conventions are global while others are restricted to one region, for example Europe or parts of Europe. UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention is the best known convention in the field of cultural heritage. It is also the convention that most countries in the world have ratified.

Norway has ratified the following conventions on cultural heritage:

In addition, the following conventions are of relevance to cultural heritage protection: