World Heritage Day :18 April 2016

WE’RE NOT ASKING YOU TO SAVE THE WORLD.
JUST ITS GREATEST PLACES.
World Heritage sites belong to us all, and depend on all of us. Join UNESCO in the new travel and tourism movement to help these irreplaceable treasures continue to inspire future generations.

PEOPLEYou are the world’s new generation of travelers. You don’t simply see the places you visit, you wholeheartedly embrace them, love them and never forget them. It is up to you to protect these places and experiences. Without you, the treasures of the world could be lost. Are you ready to help protect these extraordinary places?

 

PROTECTINGJoin the movement to protect UNESCO World Heritage sites. There are countless ways to help us help the world. With your skills and professional and social networks alone, you can help raise awareness of the importance of these global treasures. Beyond that, even minimal financial contributions can go a long way to helping future generations of travelers experience the joy that you have been able to.

 

PLACESIt’s more than just natural places that need protecting, there are man-made icons and cultural institutions that need help too. With over 950 properties, the list of sites and experiences spans all corners of the world. These are more than just awe-inspiring settings, they are homes and livelihoods too. A loss of one means a loss to millions. Join us now and help protect the past and the present for the future.

Did you know that 18 April
is World Heritage Day?
18 April

World Heritage is the shared wealth of humankind. Protecting and preserving this valuable asset demands the collective efforts of the international community. This special day offers an opportunity to raise the public’s awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as draw attention to its vulnerability.On 18 April 1982 on the occasion of a symposium organised by ICOMOS in Tunisia, the holding of the “International Day for Monuments and Sites” to be celebrated simultaneously throughout the world was suggested. This project was approved by the Executive Committee who provided practical suggestions to the National Committees on how to organise this day.

The idea was also approved by the UNESCO General Conference who passed a resolution at its 22nd session in November 1983 recommending that Member States examine the possibility of declaring 18 April each year “International Monuments and Sites Day”. This has been traditionally called the World Heritage Day.

ICOMOS, the International Council for Monuments and Sites makes a number of suggestions on how to celebrate the World Heritage Day:

  • Visits to monuments and sites, and restoration works, possibly with free admission
  • Articles in newspapers and magazines, as well as television and radio broadcasts
  • Hanging banners in town squares or principal traffic arteries calling attention to the day and the preservation of cultural heritage
  • Inviting local and foreign experts and personalities for conferences and interviews
  • Organising discussions in cultural-centres, city halls, and other public spaces
  • Exhibitions (photos, paintings, etc)
  • Publication of books, post-cards, stamps, posters
  • Awarding prizes to organisations or persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the conservation and promotion of cultural heritage or produced an excellent publication on the subject.
  • Inaugurate a recently restored monument
  • Special awareness raising activities amongst school children and youth
  • Promotion of “twinning” opportunities between organizations, defining areas for co-operation; exchange of speakers; organisation of meetings and seminars, or the editing of joint publications.

Also see more information on World Heritage Day in GDRC’s “Do Your Bit”pages

 Return to Urban Heritage and Conservation
Hari Srinivas – hsrinivas@gdrc.org

 

18 April 2016 – Events

Olympic stadium AmsterdamThe 2016 theme for the ICOMOS International Day on Monuments and Sites celebrated on 18 April is: The Heritage of Sport
“Sport is part of every man and woman’s heritage and its absence can never be compensated for” – Pierre de Coubertin

Events by countries

AlbaniaArmeniaAustraliaBosnia and HerzegovinaBulgariaChinaCosta RicaCroatia – Czech Republic –France – Germany – Greece – India – Ireland – Italy – Japan –Lithuania – Luxembourg – Macedonia – Malaysia – Nigeria –Saudi Arabia – Serbia – Slovenia – Spain – Sweden – Turkey –United States of America

ICOMOS & IUCN Partner on Nature-Culture Journey at the World Conservation Congress 2016

Voyage Nature Culture Journey WCC 2016Join ICOMOS in Hawaii in 2016!

ICOMOS and IUCN are partnering on a joint Nature-Culture Journey at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii (USA). The Journey will consist of a dedicated track of programming at the Congress’ Forum from September 1-5 focusing on connecting natural and cultural heritage practice.

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