Jujuy, La Rioja, Catamarca, Tucuman and Santiago del Estero, the Northeast, with theprovinces of Misiones, Corrientes, Entre Rios, Chaco and Formosa, the Center withCordoba, Santa Fe, La Pampa and Buenos Aires and, last but not least, the PatagoniaRegion, comprising Neuquen, Rio Negro, Chubut, Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego,Antartida and Islas del Atlantico Sur.The Argentine Republic adhered to the 1972 Convention as early as 1978.
At present ithas eight sites in the World Heritage List -four cultural and four natural sites- and itsannual contribution to the World Heritage Found amounts to us$ 41,000.
Between 1978 and 1985, Argentina was a member of the World Heritage Committee and,in this capacity, hosted in 1983 the World Heritage Committee in its ordinary session,held in the city of Mar del Plata. Nevertheless, it was not until 2001 -16 years later- thatArgentina participated again as a full member of the Committee - and, at present,Vicechair of the Bureau on behalf of the Latin American and the Caribbean Region. It isinteresting to note that, over the same period, Brazil and Mexico were members of theCommittee for 19 and 18 years, respectively.
Nevertheless, Argentina participated as anObserver to several meetings of the Committee and the Bureau - yet without a systematicfollow-up of its decisions and of the Orientations of the Convention, at least until thenineties.Between 1981 and 1984, Argentina had three sites included in the World Heritage List -two natural and one cultural sites:Los Glaciares (1981, N ii, iii).Iguazu National Park (1984, N iii, iv).Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra Senora deLoreto and Santa Maria la Mayor (Argentina) - Remains of Sao Miguel dasMissoes (Brazil) (1983-1984, C iv).It is interesting to note that for the period 1978/1995, no assistance was required from theWorld Heritage Fund for any activity - the first submission for international assistancedating only from 1998. It should also be pointed out that no Tentative List was drafted byArgentina until 1995.
Ley 21.836. Argentina has also adhered to other main Conventions concerning the protection of culturalproperty: the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of ArmedConflict and its 1999 Protocol; the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the IllicitImport, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property and the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention onStolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects.
For a description of the sites see Annex 1.
Document WHC –2001/CONF.206/INF.3. Distributed at the time of the 13
General Assembly to theStates Parties of the World Heritage Convention, UNESCO, October 2001.