The World Heritage Committee has so far approved eight Norwegian nominations to the World Heritage List.
Norwegian sites on the World Heritage List:
- Bryggen in Bergen (1979)
- Urnes stave church (1979)
- Røros Mining town (1980)
- The Rock Art of Alta (1985)
- Vega Archipelago (2004)
- West Norwegian Fjords (2005)
- Struve Geodetic Arc (2005)
- Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage Site (2015)
The World Heritage Convention
The convention for the protection of the worlds cultural and natural heritage was approved in 1972, after cultural heritage and natural heritage areas were increasingly under threat from war, natural disasters, pollution, tourism or more simply, neglect.
The convention encourages all countries to promote the protection of cultural and natural heritage of both local and national significance. The most important goal of the convention is to identify cultural and natural heritage of universal value.
Norway ratified the World Heritage Convention in 1977.
Norway in the World Heritage Committee
On 15 November 2017 Norway was elected to Unesco’s World Heritage Committee for a period of four years.
The Ministry of Climate and Environment, the Directorate for Cultural Heritage and the Norwegian Environment Agency are representing Norway on the committee.
The Norwegian delegations are led by Director General of the Directorate for Cultural Heritage Jørn Holme and Policy Director of the Norwegian Environment Agency Berit Lein.
The World Heritage Committee is non-political, but the Ministry of Climate and Environment will clarify any political matters with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as and when needed.