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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specific branch of the UN. Its goal is to contribute to peace and security by taking action in five major programs: education, natural sciences, social/human sciences, culture, communication, and information.

UNESCO's mission is "to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication, and information".

One of the UNESCO projects is the protection of what they call World Heritage Sites

Criteria for the World Heritage Sites

In order to be part of the very selective UNESCO World Heritage Site list, a site must fulfill at least 1 of their 10 criteria: