World Heritage Day, know the aim of the day
World Heritage Day
April 18 is World Heritage Day, aka International Monuments and Sites Day, celebrating the work of the International Council on Monuments and Sites. It is a day of great global importance. World Heritage is described as the common wealth of mankind. This day is a brilliant reminder of our rich cultural past and it becomes our responsibility to preserve our heritage not only for ourselves, but for the next generations to come. Undoubtedly, heritage sites ought to be preserved and protected. They are priceless assets for mankind.
World Heritage Day first began in the year 1982. ICOMOS, i.e. International Council for Monuments and Sites had started a symposium in Tunisia, the African country. The calls were made in order to celebrate the “International Day for Monuments and Sites” across the globe. The idea caught the attention of the people and the committee members then gave approval to the suggestion. The proposal afterwards was introduced at the UNESCO General Conference where a decree was passed in the month of November 1983.
Aim Of The Day
The aim of the International Day for Monuments and Sites is to encourage local communities and individuals throughout the world to consider the importance of cultural heritage to their lives, identities and communities, and to promote awareness of its diversity and vulnerability and the efforts required to protect and conserve it.
The message of “World Heritage Day” is clear that our sites and monuments can only be given protection through the joint efforts of the global community.
On this day , awareness campaigns are being organized for enlightening the masses about the diversity of our cultural wealth and the kind of solution is needed to preserve and protect it. It is true that heritage sites are exposed to various risk factors and hence we should do all that we can to the best of our capacity in providing protection to these precious assets.
Theme Of The Day
Every year a different theme is being declared, last year it was “Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism”, chosen in relation to the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. You can find further details about the day, and about heritage in general, via the International Council of Monuments and Sites website.
World Heritage Sites
However, whilst UNESCO is the organisation that lists World Heritage Sites, this day is not just about the listed sites, but concerns all cultural heritage places and landscapes of international, national and local significance.
How To Celebrate?
World Heritage Day is observed in many ways. Visits to the sites and monuments are planned with a view to highlight the importance of preserving these cultural assets. When restoration works become successful, people are often invited to pay a visit to these sites. There is also a wide media coverage that throws light on impressive monuments. Interviews and conferences are also held everywhere. Debates and discussions are organized and exhibitions are also put up for a great visual treat. Debates and discussions are a part of this day, but practical moves are necessary for the protection of our heritage.