During the last meeting of the Committee on Cultural Heritage, held in Cambodia at the end of last June, the park was named Exceptional Universal Value. It feeds the idea of creating a Binational Park between Argentina and Brazil.
Iguazú National Park, one of the new seven wonders of the world, was distinguished by UNESCO when it was named Exceptional Universal Value, that is, a territory of such extraordinary natural and cultural importance that it transcends national boundaries
At the General Conference of UNESCO, the States Parties, through the World Heritage Committee, presented a study of the results of the Second Cycle of the Periodic Report for Latin America and the Caribbean, which analyzes the implementation of the World Heritage, Cultural and Natural Heritage in their respective territories. In this report, the foundations were determined to certify the Iguazú National Park as Exceptional Universal Value, that is to say, "a territory of such extraordinary natural and cultural importance that it transcends national boundaries and becomes important for present and future generations of all humanity ". The decision was based on different grounds related to the enormous importance of the Iguazu National Park, added to the neighboring Iguaçu National Park in Brazil, as a shelter of a significant sample of the Parana Forest, part of the Atlantic Forest, one of the ecosystems most threatened at the level world. Both parks retain one of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls and rapids in the world, totaling almost 3 kilometers across subtropical forest. This means that more than 2000 different species of plants, more than 400 species of birds, and around 80 species of mammals, as well as countless invertebrate species, are protected in these lands. According to the report submitted to UNESCO, the effective management of these protected areas has helped to mitigate the potential negative effects of the use of surrounding land and contributes to the belief that it is an area that will maintain its value as a protector of countless species of Fauna and flora typical of the area. The report shows that, in order for this to be sustained and deepened in the future, it would be very useful to work on the idea of creating a Binational Park between Argentina and Brazil, a process that began to take shape in meetings held months ago Carlos Corvalán, President of the National Parks Administration Board, and Jorge Pegoraro, Chief of the Iguaçu National Park.