The UIS Glossary includes statistical terms related to education, science, technology and innovation, culture, and communication & information . Some of the entries contain translations in one or more of the following languages: Arabic, English, French and Spanish. Other entries provide more detailed information, such as definitions, calculation formulas for indicators and sources. Indicators are marked with an asterisk (*).

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Cultural heritage

Artefacts, monuments, a group of buildings and sites that have a diversity of values including symbolic, historic, artistic, aesthetic, ethnological or anthropological, scientific and social significance.
Source Definition
UNESCO, Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, 1972.

Patrimoine culturel

Objets, bâtiments ainsi que les groupes de constructions et les sites dotés d’une valeur symbolique, historique, artistique, esthétique, ethnologique, anthropologique, scientifique et sociale.
Source de la définition
UNESCO, Convention concernant la protection du patrimoine mondial culturel et naturel, 1972.

Patrimonio cultural

Artefactos, monumentos, grupos de construcciones y sitios elementos, que tengan un valor universal excepcional desde el punto de vista histórico, artístico, científico, social, estético, etnológico o antropológico.
Fuente(s) de la definición
UNESCO, Convención sobre la protección del patrimonio mundial, cultural y natural, 1972.