The 17th General Conference of UNESCO adopted 'The Convention Concerning
the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage' in 1972. This convention
provided for a 'World Heritage Committee' which would 'establish, keep up-to-date
and publish' a World Heritage List of cultural and natural properties submitted
by the States and considered to be outstanding universal value. This committee would
provide technical cooperation under the World Heritage Fund for safeguarding World
Heritage Properties to countries with insufficient resources for their upkeep. As
of January 2002 the number of sites on the World Heritage List stood at 754.
Seventeen Cultural and Five Natural sites (protected under the ASI)
in India have been included in the World Heritage List.