CONFLUENCE OF CULTURES: World Heritage in the Americas

31 May – 2 June, 2012
San Antonio, Texas

The year 2012 is the 40th anniversary of UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention, and we wish to celebrate this event with ICOMOS colleagues from all the Americas and from around the world with the intent to launch a permanent process of regional cooperation that will ensure greater participation and contributions to the spirit and the aims of the Convention.

The 2012 World Heritage USA International Symposium was an opportunity to celebrate the cultural heritage of the Americas.  In particular, attention was brought to the five San Antonio Missions, including The Alamo.  Collectively, the San Antonio Missions have “outstanding universal value” as defined by the guidelines for the World Heritage Sites.  A World Heritage nomination has been written for the Missions, now on the US “tentative list” for consideration.

NOW AVAILABLE: Commentary, Review and Conclusions from the 15th World Heritage USA International Symposium

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Please visit the following links for press releases and articles stemming from the symposium.

NPS Digest – Secretary Salazar Approves San Antonio Missions for World Heritage Nomination

S.A. missions closer to being named ‘World Heritage Site’ ( San Antonio, by Brian New / KENS 5, June 1, 2012)–156505355.html

‘A crown jewel’ strives for international status (By Scott Huddleston, Saturday, June 2, 2012, My San

San Antonio missions eyed for World Heritage List (The Associated Press, June 3, 2012,, Austin)

San Antonio missions eyed for World Heritage List (The Associated Press, June 4, 2012, ABC13 Eyewitness News)


Visit the symposium website at for the detailed program schedule.