Since the ratification of the Convention Сoncerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage by Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in 1988, Ukraine has been working closely with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. The World Heritage List includes seven Ukrainian cultural and natural properties:
"Kyiv: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra" (inscribed in 1990);
"L'viv – the Ensemble of the Historic Centre" (1998);
The transboundary site of scientific and cultural heritage "Struve Geodetic Arc" (geodetic points Baranovka, Katerinovka, Staronekrasovka, Felshtin, 2007) covers 10 countries: Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Sweden and Ukraine;
"Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans" (now the building of the Yuri Fedkovich Chernovetsky National University, 2011);
"Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine" (Ukraine-Poland nomination, 2013);
"Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora" (2013);
"Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe" (2007).
The natural site "Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians"(Ukraine and Slovakia) was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a transnational serial natural property of ten separate components and as an outstanding example of undisturbed, complex temperate forests exhibiting the most complete ecological patterns and processes of pure stands of European beech. In 2011, during the 35th session of the World Heritage Committee, the property was extended through addition of the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany. The tri-national property was renamed as the "Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany" (Slovakia, Ukraine, Germany). In July 2017, the transboundary extension of the World Heritage site of the "Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany" stretched over 12 countries (Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine). It is now known as "Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe". In 2020, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovakia and Switzerland submitted a dossier for extension of this site to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. The issue will be considered at the 44th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in 2021.
A Tentative List is an inventory of those properties which each State Party intends to consider for nomination.
States Parties are encouraged to submit their Tentative Lists, properties which they consider to be cultural and/or natural heritage of outstanding universal value and therefore suitable for inscription on the World Heritage List. Nominations to the World Heritage List will not be considered unless the nominated property has already been included on the State Party's Tentative List and are removed from the Tentative List when they are inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
As of 2021, the Ukrainian government has proposed 17 properties for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Cultural heritage sites:
Historic Centre of Tchernigov, 9th -13th centuries (1989)
Cultural Landscape of Canyon in Kamenets-Podilsk (1989)
Bagçesaray Palace of the Crimean Khans (2003)
Archaeological Site "Stone Tomb" (2006)
Mykolayiv Astronomical Observatory (2007)
Complex of the Sudak Fortress Monuments of the 6th - 16th centuries (2007)
Astronomical Observatories of Ukraine (2008)
Historic Center of the Port City of Odessa (2009)
Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (extension of Kyiv: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra) (2009)
Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes. From the Mediterranean to the Black Sea (2010)
Cultural Landscape of “Cave Towns” of the Crimean Gothia (2012)
The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans’ capital in Bakhchysarai (2012)
Tyras - Bilhorod (Akkerman), on the way from the Black Sea to the Baltic Sea (2019)
Mixed cultural, natural, and industrial heritage sites:
Tarass Shevtchenko Tomb and State Historical and Natural Museum - Reserve (1989)
Dendrological Park "Sofijivka" (2000)
Derzhprom (the State Industry Building) (2017)
Natural heritage Site:
National Steppe Biosphere Reserve "Askaniya Nowa" (1989)
Find out more information on the UNESCO web site: https://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/ua.