World Heritage - Facts and figures
The 217 natural World Heritage Sites currently listed (in January 2013) represent the World’s most important protected areas, and these exceptional sites show the ground level realities of global nature conservation. IUCN’s independent monitoring of WH sites celebrates conservation successes and draws attention to the growing threats to these crown jewels of conservation, such as illegal mining, major infrastructure, conflict and the basic needs for support for the protected area staff at the sharp end.

What is a World Heritage Site?
World Heritage Sites are cultural and/or natural sites of ‘Outstanding Universal Value’, which are important across countries and generations.

Countries With The Most UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Italy, China, Spain, and France have 53, 52, 46, and 43 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, respectively.
Before we get into the countries with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites, let's look at what is required for a site to be one. There are six criteria for cultural sites which are:

World Heritage Day 2019
World Heritage Day is celebrated every year on 18 April to raise the awareness about the preserving human heritage, diversity and vulnerability of the world’s built monuments and heritage sites. Also, the efforts required to protect and conserve it and to draw attention towards it. Let us study about the importance of World heritage Day, its theme, history etc. through this article.

The UNESCO World Heritage Programe
In 1959 the Egyptian temples at Abu Simnel were threatened by the construction of the Aswan Dam. $50 million was donated by a number of countries to help Egypt move these temples to safety; so recognising the international nature of cultural heritage. In 1965 the USA called for a World Heritage Trust. In 1972, UNESCO passed the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. UNESCO World Heritage is the response.