The Fez Charter (1993)

Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC)

The Fez Charter was adopted at the Founding General Assembly of the Organization of World Heritage Cities in 1993. The document recognizes the important role that cities play as cultural centers and exemplars of human achievement. The Charter recognizes the fragility of cities and the forces of change at work in them. It notes the importance of cooperation on the part of residents, modern and efficient management techniques, and adequate financial resources if cities are to be protected. Parties to the Charter agree to cooperate for the welfare of the citizens of World Heritage Cities and to improve support for conservation in World Heritage Cities through research, training, and exchange.