The World Heritage list includes almost 1000 properties of cultural and natural value, from all over the world, deemed by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to be places of outstanding universal value.
In selecting the properties which Serbia put forward for inclusion in the World Heritage List, an emphasis was placed on Serbia’s mediaeval heritage, particularly monasteries and royal mausoleums belonging to the Byzantine sphere of cultural influence, but with recognisable national characteristics.
Serbian sites so far added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites: Studenica monastery, Stari Ras and Sopoćani, Mediaeval Monuments in Kosovo and Gamzigrad – Romuliana.
As part of the UNESCO Memory of the World program, Nikola Tesla’s Archive (2003) and the Miroslav Gospel (2005) from Serbia have been added to the World Documentary Heritage register.
Also, the UNESCO MAB Council has declared part of the Golija nature park as the Golija-Studenica Biosphere Reserve.
UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, to which Serbia has its own ambassador.