World Heritage Day is observed every year on April 18 to preserve the human heritage and recognize the efforts of the organizations working for it.
Monuments and ancient buildings are an asset to the world. They make for the rich heritage of the nation.
Therefore, World Heritage Day is a collective effort of the communities in the world to do the needful. This day is celebrated to maintain the legacy and save the rich heritage which has been given to us by our ancestors.
History of World Heritage day
The ICOMOS organization was established on the principles put down in the Venice Charter, also known as the 1964 International Charter on the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites.
During a seminar in Tunisia, the International Council of Mountains and Sights suggested celebrating World Heritage Day on 18 April 1982.
Then, in November 1983, at the 22nd session of the UNESCO Conference, a resolution to celebrate World Heritage Day was passed on April 18 every year.
What is a World Heritage site?
A World Heritage Site is a place that is listed by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization as of cultural importance. World Heritage Day gives us an opportunity to conserve and preserve our heritage culture which is of ancient significance. They have an outstanding universal value.
Sites are nominated to and designated by the World Heritage Convention. The Convention recognizes the way in which people interact with nature, and the basic need to preserve the parity between both.
The most significant feature of the 1972 World Heritage Convention is that it binds together in a single document ‘the concepts of nature conservation and the preservation of cultural properties’.
QUOTES FOR WORLD HERITAGE DAY
>Our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our nation–Nelson Mandela
>A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots—Marcus Garvey
>Happiness is a very proud word of our whole cultural heritage–Erich Fromm
>A concerted effort to preserve our heritage is a vital link to our cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational and economic legacies – all of the things that quite literally make us who we are–Steve Berry
>In the coming decades, questions of identity, meaning cultural heritage, language, and religion will play a central role in politics–Samuel P. Huntington
>What we deplore is not that the gate of western knowledge was thrown open to Indians, but that such knowledge was imported to India at the sacrifice of our own cultural heritage. What was needed was a proper synthesis between the two systems and not neglect, far less destruction, of the Indian base–Syama Prasad Mukherjee