why do we need world heritage sites

ISIS has taken full control of SyriaБs ancient city of. б
There hasnБt been any reported destruction of the ruins yet, but the world is waiting anxiously to see what ISIS does next. б For those of you who donБt know, ISIS is an Islamic Militant group that has wreaked havoc around the world. The group has beheaded journalists, committed war crimes, abused human rights, and destroyed priceless archaeological artefacts, like in the ancient Iraqi cities of Hatra and Nimrud. б UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and the international community are extremely worried that the ancient city of Palmyra will be destroyed at the hands of ISIS. You may be asking yourself what exactly UNESCO cultural heritage sites even are and why any of this is important. Great questions. A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place that is identified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as of special cultural or physical significance. These sites are described by UNESCO as irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.

And because of their significance to the world's cultural and natural heritage, UNESCO protects and preserves the sites around the world that are considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. б б б Some noteworthy sites include the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, The Great Wall of China, the Acropolis in Athens, the Pyramids in Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India, the Medina in Marrakesh. can you imagine a world without these incredibly beautiful historical sites? It pains me to even fathom that reality. Here is a full of all of the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites. б б So. thatБs why this is such a big deal! The destruction of these cultural heritage sites is devastating to the world, our cultural identities and it threatens б the vast knowledge that lives on through preserving these historical places. Destroying the ancient ruins of Palmyra, or any UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site will irreversibly set back global cultural development and erase valuable parts of our worldБs history.

I truly hope we donБt see this manifest. б б Decision: 17COM XVI. 1-6 Title: Year: XVI. 1 The Committee reviewed document WHC-93/CONF. 002/9 and information document WHC-93/CONF. 002/INF. 4. The Committee recalled the decisions taken at its sixteenth session in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1992 to include cultural landscapes on the World Heritage List, in particular the revision of the cultural criteria of the Operational Guidelines. The Committee took note of the outcome of the expert meeting held in October 1993 in Templin, Germany, at the request of the Committee. The Committee appreciated the organization of the meeting by the World Heritage Centre, assisted by the German Delegation and funded by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, recognized the work carried out, and noted that the revised cultural criteria and the interpretative paragraphs concerning cultural landscapes in the Operational Guidelines were confirmed by the experts. It furthermore noted, that additional information, guidance and advice be provided to States Parties on the subject of cultural landscapes.

XVI. 2 The Committee recalled that a specific recommendation by the experts concerning Paragraph 14 of the Operational Guidelines regarding the involvement of people in the nomination procedure was taken into account during the discussion on the revision of the operational Guidelines (see Chapter XIV of this Report). XVI. 3 Several delegates stressed the necessity of an increased involvement of regional experts. The Secretariat confirmed that the publication of the report of the expert meeting will also include contributions from regions that were not represented at the meeting, and that in the implementation of the Action Plan for the Future a regional approach will be applied. The Delegate of the Philippines announced that preparations are underway for a regional meeting on cultural landscapes to be held in the Philippines in autumn 1994. The Australian Observer underlined the importance of values of indigenous peoples to be recognized both under natural and cultural criteria.

XVI. 4 Several delegates complemented the Centre and ICOMOS for the work carried out. The Committee adopted the "Action Plan for the Future", including an amendment proposed by the Delegate of Italy stressing the importance of management experiences on the local and community level (the amended Action Plan is attached as an Annex). XVI. 5 in line with the decisions taken by the Committee regarding tentative lists (see para XI. 6), give priority to the revision of these lists to include cultural landscapes; initiate the development of specific guidelines for the management of cultural landscapes along the lines of the already existing guidelines for cultural World Heritage. XVI. 6 The Committee commended the regional approach for future evaluations as outlined by the expert meeting, and requested that the World Heritage Centre implements the suggestions and recommendations made.

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