International Work

Organization of World Heritage Cities

Bath, through the Mayor's office, belongs to an international non-profit network of heritage cities called the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC). This Organization aims to encourage closer working between cities, and to help cities improve their management methods.

For more information on the OWHC see the OWHC website.

Our region

Through the OWHC, Bath works with a number of cities, particularly those of the North West European Region. This region includes the following cities: 

Bath works very closely with other UK World Heritage Site cities, to co-ordinate our approach to the OWHC and make our membership as effective as possible.

Organization of World Heritage Cities

The Organization of World Heritage Cities is an international non-profit organisation which aims to help member cities adapt and improve their management methods once they become World Heritage Sites.

Founded on September 8, 1993 in Fez, Morocco, the Organisation is now made up of 250 cities which have World Heritage Sites located within their boundaries. The OWHC's headquarters are in Quebec City, Canada, where the General Secretariat co-ordinates the work of the organisation. Decisions on what the OWHC will do are made regularly by the Board (made up of 8 mayors from member cities) and at the General Assembly. This Assembly meets every two years at the world conference and is made up of one representative from every member city. There are regional conferences or meetings generally held in the intervening years.

There are eight regional groups within the OWHC which help co-ordinate activity and promote close links between cities. These are North-West Europe; Central and Eastern Europe; South Europe and Mediterranean; Latin America; Euro-Asia; North Africa and Arab States; East Africa; and, Asia-Pacific.

The OWHC runs various projects aimed at raising awareness on World Heritage and member cities, including working with UNESCO and the Council of Europe, and to inform and train those who manage the cities. It provides a network and forum for the exchange of ideas and information.

Our Region

This region is co-ordinated from Regensburg, Germany. The Region's members come from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the UK.