Know the date, the meaning, the theme of the day

First published April 18, 2022 at 9:06 a.m. IST

This day is observed to send a vital message to future generations about the need to carry on our heritage and preserve our culture. It also aspires to recognize the work of all those who contribute to the preservation of heritage, such as architects, engineers, geographers, civil engineers, artists and archaeologists.

Every year on April 18, World Heritage Day is celebrated to raise awareness of the need to preserve the history, variety and fragility of World Heritage sites and monuments. This unique day symbolizes an appreciation of our rich culture and customs, which must be preserved.

This day is observed to send a vital message to future generations about the need to carry on our heritage and preserve our culture. It also aspires to recognize the work of all those who contribute to the preservation of heritage, such as architects, engineers, geographers, civil engineers, artists and archaeologists.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has listed 1155 monuments as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 167 countries.

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Theme

This year’s theme will be “Heritage and Climate”, which will be celebrated through open, productive and intergenerational exchanges.

Importance

We are all aware that ancient structures and monuments are valuable assets to the human race and the planet. Our ancestors left us a solid cultural heritage that we must not forget. World Heritage Day is an internationally recognized day dedicated to the protection and preservation of historic monuments and places, and the rich heritage associated with them.

The purpose and significance of the day is not limited to the many monuments and historical places. It also plays an important role in preserving the cultural integrity of a community. With such a rich and diverse culture, it is our responsibility not only to inherit and cherish it, but also to protect it from harm.

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Story

The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) suggested that April 18 be designated as World Heritage Day in 1982. Later, at the 22nd General Conference in 1983, UNSECO approved the date. Its aim is to raise people’s awareness of cultural heritage and monuments, as well as to encourage them to preserve them. Accordingly, this day is also known as the International Day for Monuments and Sites.

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