Today is the “International Day for Monuments and Sites”. In 1982 there was an initiative taken by the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) to identify a special day for the celebration of monuments and sites. The following year UNESCO’s General Conference approved the idea.
A world heritage is the shared wealth of all humans. The entire international community, both states, organisations and individuals, should spend at least some of this day to consider how we are protecting and preserving these vulnerable assets for future generations. This I might add amounts to more than the World Heritage Sites sponsored by the UNESCO WHC-committee.
The image illustrating this article is from Palmyra in Syria and shows the entrance to the ancient city. This particular world heritage site is a reminder of the need to work together to stop attempts at destroying our universal values. A couple of years ago the terror group known as ISIS deliberately attempted to destroy the last remains of an extinct culture.
ICOMOS is a non-governmental international organisation dedicated to the conservation of the world’s monuments and sites. It describes itself as being the only global non-government organisation of this kind, dedicated to promoting the application of theory, methodology, and scientific techniques to the conservation of the architectural and archaeological heritage.
ICOMOS is a network of experts that benefits from the interdisciplinary exchange of its members, among which are architects, historians, archaeologists, art historians, geographers, anthropologists, engineers and town planners.