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International Cultural Heritage Conventions

The cultural heritage sector is governed by a number of international conventions which Finland has also committed itself to. These conventions steer and guide the operations of the National Board of Antiquities, in addition to which the National Board of Antiquities participates in the preparation and realisation of the measures required by the conventions.

The UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (the World Heritage Convention) is one of the most well-known international conventions. Finland serves as a member of the World Heritage Committee in 2014–2017. The National Board of Antiquities is responsible for handling the committee work's cultural issues.

The National Board of Antiquities and the Finnish Local Heritage Federation have been preparing for the ratification of the Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (the Faro Convention) in Finland. Finland's ratification of the convention is planned to take place in 2015.

The UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was adopted in 2003. In Finland the convention entered into force in 2013. The realisation of the convention in Finland is being prepared by the National Board of Antiquities.


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