International Day For Monuments And Sites
Observed on April 18th every year since the early 1980s, International Day for Monuments and Sites is a special day that’s designed to remind the public about the importance of various sites and monuments both historically and culturally and to raise the public’s awareness about how these sites are vulnerable to damage or destruction.
One of the biggest threats facing these historical and cultural sites is climate change. A change in the world’s weather systems has resulted in cultural sites becoming increasingly threatened by storms, wildfires, and floods.
It’s for this reason that this day is more important now than it has ever been before in the past. If we don’t take action to save the world’s history, then they may disappear before future generations can enjoy them.
The History Of International Day For Monuments And Sites
On April 18th, 1982, this holiday was first proposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). They presented this proposal to the United Nations General Assembly of UNESCO and in 1983 it was made an official international holiday.
World Heritage Sites That Are In Danger
Below are some world heritage sites that are currently in danger. However, it should be noted that the following list isn’t comprehensive and doesn’t list all of the sites and monuments that are currently in danger. With that being said, the following sites are the ones in the most danger.
- Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley In Afghanistan.
- Ancient Cities of Aleppo, Damascus, Bosra in Syria.
- Abu Mena in Egypt.
- Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra in Indonesia.
Observing International Day For Monuments And Sites
One of the best things that people can do on this day is to learn more about endangered historical and cultural sites and advocate on behalf of one or more of them. All across the world, there are conferences and workshops that people can attend to learn more, or they can drop in on one of the symposiums that are held on the Internet.
This is also a good day for schools to arrange field trips for their students to monuments or heritage sites. And, people can also spread the word about this day using the hashtag #InternationalDayforMonumentsAndSites on social media.