The candidacy
for the UNESCO
World Heritage Committee

The inscription request is a 2 stage-process:

Inscription on the national tentative list

Only the States (States parties to the convention) can propose properties to UNESCO for inscription on the World Heritage List. For this purpose, the World Heritage Committee asks every State to send a tentative list of the properties they wish to propose for inscription in the years to come; inscription on the national tentative list is therefore a prerequisite.

of the application

The application is presented to the national Committee, which assesses its admissibility and submits it to UNESCO. UNESCO renders a decision 18 months later at the earliest, following an appraisal. This technical evaluation is performed by ICOMOS (International Council for monuments and sites) for cultural properties or IUCN (International union for the conservation of nature) for natural properties.

However, the World Heritage Committee makes the final decision.


The world heritage committee  consists of representatives from 21 of the state parties to the convention, whose term of office is for 4 years.

Current Committee Members : Algeria, Cambodia, Colombia, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Iraq, Japan, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Qatar, the Russia Federation, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.

Where are we in the application of D-Day Landing Beaches ?

The Basse-Normandie Region is involved in a partnership approach with a view to submitting an application for D-Day Landing Beaches. The current objective is to be included on the French tentative list. For this purpose, a Scientific committee has been set up. It helps prepare an application proposal and define the Outstanding Universal Value of D-Day Landing Beaches.

The objectives of this initiative are to:
Objective n°1

Gain recognition for the values embodied by this remembrance site: liberty, democracy, peace, reconciliation

Objective n°2

Consolidate the preservation of this special area, the protection of which began in 1945– this objective will result in the implementation of a management plan

Objective n°3

Give an impetus to the territory and unite remembrance tourism stakeholders based on an ambitious project designed to boost regional attractivenes

Objective n°4

Enhance the worldwide opening of this memorial site

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