All about OWHC

Created in 1991 following the first meeting of World Heritage Cities which took place in Québec (Canada), the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) was officially founded on 8 September 1993 in Fez (Morocco). The Organization represents a collective intelligence on all issues related to the urban management of a World Heritage property and connects with more than 300 cities having on their territory a site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. All of these cities have a total population of over 164 million people. They are represented in the Organization by their mayor, with the active participation of elected municipal officials and heritage managers.

You will find here everything there is to know about the Organization. From its mission to help member cities adapt and improve their heritage management methods to its foundation and founder, you will discover an Organization that has a great impact in the World Heritage world and its community.

By reading this section, you will also learn more about how the OWHC works. A presentation of the By-Laws, the General Assemblies and the Board of Directors are some examples of essential information to understand the Organization.