Roman ruins with a prophet, by Giovanni Pannini, 1751. The artistic cultural heritage of the Roman Empire served as a foundation for later Western culture, particularly via the Renaissance and Neoclassicism (as exemplified here).
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The Grandfather tells a story, by Albert Anker, ca. 1884.
UNESCO offices in Brasília
Karl von Habsburg, on a Blue Shield International fact-finding mission in Libya
UNESCO Institute for Water Education in Delft
Plaque stating the designation of Carthage as a World Heritage Site.
The Garden of Peace at UNESCO headquarters
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Carondelet Palace, Presidential Palace – with changing of the guards. The Historic Center of Quito, Ecuador, is one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved historic centres in the Americas. This centre was, together with the historic centre of Kraków in Poland, the first to be declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 18 September 1978.
Emblem used to clearly identify cultural property under protection of the Hague Convention of 1954, regarding cultural property during armed conflicts.

United Nations, UNESCO and Blue Shield International deal with the protection of cultural heritage.

- Cultural heritage

As a focal point for world culture and science, UNESCO's activities have broadened over the years; it assists in the translation and dissemination of world literature, helps establish and secure World Heritage Sites of cultural and natural importance, works to bridge the worldwide digital divide, and creates inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication.

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The rainforest in Fatu-Hiva, in the Marquesas Islands, is an example of an undisturbed natural resource. Forest provides timber for humans, food, water and shelter for the flora and fauna tribes and animals. The nutrient cycle between organisms form food chains and foster a biodiversity of species.

Natural heritage

Natural heritage refers to the sum total of the elements of biodiversity, including flora and fauna, ecosystems and geological structures.

Natural heritage refers to the sum total of the elements of biodiversity, including flora and fauna, ecosystems and geological structures.

The rainforest in Fatu-Hiva, in the Marquesas Islands, is an example of an undisturbed natural resource. Forest provides timber for humans, food, water and shelter for the flora and fauna tribes and animals. The nutrient cycle between organisms form food chains and foster a biodiversity of species.

An important site of natural heritage or cultural heritage can be listed as a World Heritage Site by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO.

The World Heritage emblem is used to identify properties protected by the World Heritage Convention and inscribed on the official World Heritage List.

World Heritage Site

The World Heritage emblem is used to identify properties protected by the World Heritage Convention and inscribed on the official World Heritage List.
Site No. 252: Taj Mahal, an example of a cultural heritage site
Site No. 156: Serengeti National Park, an example of a natural heritage site
Site No. 274: Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, an example of a mixed heritage site
Site No. 1, the Galápagos Islands, had its boundaries extended in 2001 and 2003, and was included on the danger list from 2007 to 2010
UNESCO World Heritage Sites

A World Heritage Site is a landmark or area with legal protection by an international convention administered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The sites are judged to contain "cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity".

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Intangible cultural heritage

Logo of Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
The Viennese coffee house culture, a special form of cultural heritage
A painting on an ancient Greek vase depicts a music lesson (c. 510 BC)
Noh mask. Japan was the first country to introduce legislation to protect and promote its intangible heritage.
Tango, an example of a cultural heritage shared between two countries, Argentina and Uruguay.

An intangible cultural heritage (ICH) is a practice, representation, expression, knowledge, or skill considered by UNESCO to be part of a place's cultural heritage.

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Blue Shield International

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Presentation by the Austrian Committee of the Blue Shield at the General Assembly September 2017 in the Rathaus, Vienna.
The Blue Shield is a protective symbol to be used in armed conflict to identify cultural property to be protected in the event of armed conflict and those responsible for protecting it: its use is restricted under international law. The 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict describes the logo and lays down conditions for its use.
The Blue Shield mounted on the outside of a building in Austria
Logo of the ANCBS
alt=Three people stood in front of a statute of a sphinx|ANCBS Fact Finding Mission Egypt, 2011. Karl von Habsburg is on the right
alt=Man stood in front of banner|ANCBS Fact Finding mission to Egypt, 2011 - Karl von Habsburg
alt=Three men stood in front of stone ruins|Blue Shield First Assessment Mission to Libya, September 28 to 30, 2011. Karl von Habsburg is on the left, and Hafed Walda on the right.

The Blue Shield, formerly the International Committee of the Blue Shield, is an international organization founded in 1996 to protect the world's cultural heritage from threats such as armed conflict and natural disasters.

Blue Shield is a close partner organization with the UN, United Nations peacekeeping and UNESCO and in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross.