Skip to main content

World Heritage

International Day for Monuments and Sites, often known as World Heritage Day, is a "day to celebrate and promote cultural heritage, and an opportunity to raise awareness about its diversity, its relevance, how vulnerable it can be and what the needs and benefits of its conservation are." On April 18, 1982, at a symposium in Tunisia that was organized by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a suggestion was proposed by ICOMOS that a global "International Day for Monuments and Sites" should be held to celebrate the diversity of heritage around the world. The ICOMOS Executive Committee approved the day, and they gave suggestions to the National Committees on how to organize it. Following this, the UNESCO General Conference passed a resolution in November 1983 at its 22nd session, which recommended that Member States look into the possibility of declaring an "International Monuments and Sites Day" on April 18 each year.

Each year, ICOMOS comes up with a different theme for the day. ICOMOS National Committees may also come up with themes that are pertinent to their own nations as well. Many different events are held on the day, being organized by ICOMOS International and National Committees, as well as by other organizations. Monuments and heritage sites are visited; completed and in-progress conservation works are stopped at; conferences, lectures, interviews, and roundtable discussions are held; information is shared in newspapers and other forms of media. "World heritage" can be defined as the shared worth of humankind, and today marks a day of solidarity where it is celebrated, and where there is an understanding that the international community is needed to protect and preserve it.

ICOMOS gives many suggestions on how to celebrate the day. Here are some:

  • Visit sites, monuments, or places where restoration and conservation are being done. Perhaps you could visit some of the places on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
  • Reach out to the media—newspapers, magazine, television, radio etc.—about the day.
  • Hang banners about the day in public places.
  • Invite local and foreign experts and personalities for conferences and interviews.
  • Organize a discussion to take place in a cultural center, city hall, or other public space.
  • Give out awards or prizes to people and organizations who have made a substantial contribution to conservation or promotion of cultural heritage.
  • See what official events are happening near you.
  • If you organized your own event, submit it. You can also post about your event on social media using the hashtags #18April and #ICOMOS.
  • Donate to ICOMOS.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

National Make a Friend Day

I am not very good at making friends or keeping them it seems. I do not go outside much, in fact I hardly leave my home unless it is family related. That makes it hard especially since friends expect you to come to them at least once in a while and I find I can't.

If it were simply a matter of laziness it would be understandable but it isn't. Some days I can't even open the door to let in some fresh air. I do not know where the fear comes from I just know that that is what I feel when I think about going outside most of the time.

Agoraphobia: Triggers for this anxiety may include wide-open spaces, crowds (social anxiety), or traveling (even short distances). Agoraphobia is often, but not always, compounded by a fear of social embarrassment, as the agoraphobic fears the onset of a panic attack and appearing distraught in public.
Causes: Genetic and environmental factors Symptoms: Anxiety in situations perceived to be unsafe, panic attacks Treatment: Cognitive behavioral ther…

My Fair Lady

Eliza Doolittle Day is celebrated by fans of the musical My Fair Lady, a musical based off of George Bernard Shaw's 1912 play Pygmalion. In the musical, Eliza Doolittle is a Cockney flower girl who wants to learn to speak properly. At the time the story takes place, proper speech was a symbol of upward mobility and education. Eliza meets Professor Henry Higgins in Covent Garden and he agrees to give her elocution lessons. Higgins believes he can transform her from someone who uses words like "ain't" to someone who can fit in with London's elite.In the musical, Eliza dreams of meeting the king. She sings a song, "Just You Wait," to share her thoughts. It is in the song that the date for Eliza Doolittle Day comes from:One day I’ll be famous! I’ll be proper and prim; Go to St. James so often I will call it St. Jim! One evening the king will say: 'Oh, Liza, old thing, I want all of England your praises to sing. Next week on the twentieth of May I procla…

Women's Heart Health

February 1st - 7th is Women's Heart Health Awareness Week and I felt it would be remiss of me not to include some conversation about it here given that the professor suffered a heart attack a bit over two years ago and that I am a prime candidate.

Let us start with why I am a prime candidate - Obviously being 100 pounds overweight puts me in the high-risk area immediately. Add in High Chloresterol, physical inactivity, diabetes, post-menopausal and over 55. Since only two of those are needed to put me in the at-risk category that I have six means that I am very high risk. The only way it could be worse is if I still smoked or drank and still lived a high-stress life. Thank goodness for small miracles.

Not sure where you stand? check out this checklist. This checklist and the other pdf's linked here are from the Women's Heart Foundation

Do you know what the prescription is to lower the risk factors? It's simple join the 10,000 steps a day club. That's it! walk 10 th…