The steps in gaining « World Heritage status »

Cluny wasn’t built in a day - and neither will our application be either. Here we focus on the steps we need to take to be listed.

1 Assembling the document

Once an application has begun, the project leader will start to put the dossier together : coordination of the overall project, the putting in place of a scientific committee, establishing the schedule, the management plan, relationships with advisory bodies, relationships with agencies, etc.

2 The indicative lists

The list of permanent properties is recorded in the indicative lists of each of the partner countries concerned, and on the same terms, thanks to international coordination.

3 Proposal for inclusion on the list of world heritage sites

One of the partner countries decides, with the support of the other countries involved and on their behalf, to put forward the international list, at a time they judge appropriate, for inclusion on the world heritage listing.

4 The decision of the world heritage committee

The world heritage committee decides to include or not, as the case may be, the international list put forward for inclusion on the list of world heritage sites, after evaluation by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and/or the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

5 Measures to protect the exceptional universal value of our properties

Inclusion on the list is the best known step to the public at large. But that is far from being the end, rather it is the moment when everything really begins. After inscription, the properties on the list benefit from management action and monitoring aimed at protecting their exceptional universal value. Each partner country has the responsibility to ensure that such protection continues according to the requirements of the convention on world heritage sites.