Today is the World Heritage Day. 18th of April is the “International Day for Monuments and Sites”. In 1982 the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) initiated 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 part of this day to consider this. How do we protect and preserve these vulnerable assets for future generations? This I might add, amounts to more than the World Heritage Sites.
The featured image 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 in order to stop the destruction of our universal values. A couple of years ago the terror group known as ISIS deliberately destroyed some of the last remains of an extinct culture.
ICOMOS is a non-governmental international organisation. It is dedicated to the conservation of the world’s monuments and sites. As such it is the only global non-government organisation of its kind. The organisation promotes theory, methodology, and scientific techniques to the conservation of our architectural and archaeological heritage.
ICOMOS is a network of experts, like architects, historians, archaeologists, art historians, geographers, anthropologists, engineers and town planners.